The Sunday – Bad Things But Great Shots

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.29.2017

The Bad Side of Basketball

UAB vs La Tech got a little heated. In fact 4 players were ejected.

And the Oscar goes to….

Mr Noah….c’mon man!

https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/823703706180816896

 

Scoring Chances

Sean Monahan makes it look easy.

Just get out of the way of a Shea Weber shot. Please. It’s for your own safety.

 

Smashing

Let’s face it, we at some point all wanted to do what Chris Pronger did to Justin Bieber Saturday night.

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

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The Sunday – Walking, Raising and Amazing

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.22.2017

What?

Russell Westbrook was snubbed as a starter for the All-Star team. Shortly thereafter in a game against Golden State, Westbrook clearly had something else on his mind during this travel.

Youth

A lot of collegiate coaches call their players their ‘children’. Partially because there is a lot of teaching to do. Indiana’s coach Tom Crean let some of his players know that showboating at the end of a blowout win was not ok.

Youth can also be something amazing to see.

 

But youth and competitiveness can also lead to some ugly incidents like what happened at the Siena vs Rider game this past week. It got so heated that the opposing coaches were at each others throat. 

So afterwards what do you do? Well one team walked off the court and the other team’s head coach went and had imaginary handshakes.

 

 

Selfies,  Shut Down & Score

 

Extrordinary

If you are going to become the all time goal scoring leader in Manchester United history, you might as well do it with some panache…..and boy did he. Congrats Wayne Rooney.

Fellow Englishman Paul Daley put in the first knockout performance of the year with his flying knee KO of Brennan Ward.

https://twitter.com/FancyCombat/status/823023802334539776

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

To go into the half….

https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/821179399777095681

Diary of a Sports Cord Cutter: Low Hanging Fruit

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.18.2017

It’s a bold new OTT world and some are failing to adjust. While they can blame it on whatever they want (contracts, technological restrictions, etc) in the end it’s a fear of the new. It’s a choice to be resistant to change and a longing for the way things were vs what they can be. That’s why ESPN, NBC and others are stumbling into the OTT/ on demand  world and can’t seem to recognize the easy wins staring them in the face.

30 for 30 error

The prime example being ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. While you can view this content on various OTT channels like Netflix and Amazon you may still have to pay for it. So first you have to pay some to get ESPN and if you are unavailable to watch it or don’t have a DVR then you have to pay to watch the rerun.

If you can actually find the 30 for 30 you are looking for on ESPN’s poorly designed page, you have to put up a bad video player and God forbid you have to pause the video and go to the bathroom. Then you have to pretty much start over. It’s shocking how some solid story telling can be give such a poor platform but a multi billion dollar organization.

YouTube has a better player and user experience. ESPN could leverage a solid 70-30 split and give fans access to some fantastic stories and not have to pay for the infrastructure costs but that would appear to be too easy.

NBC is an over the air broadcaster. Yes they have NBCSports which you can only access via a pay service (cable, OTT, etc) but why does a user have to authenticate their cable subscription to watch a sporting event online that is free over the air?

Why would you have to do that? Well there are several common cases. First, you’re not home and you would like to watch the game or event. Second, you can’t get the local NBC affiliate’s signal due to where you live.Your internet connection is not subject to line of sight limitations, so why do you have to sign up and pay to watch something online that is available for free over the air?

How bout the NFL Network and their inability to provide their series Timeline and A Football Life until after the current ‘season’ ends?

TimelineIt’s almost comical that the NFL Network wait’s to post things online. These should be online right after the initial airing. Fine give it 48 hours, the point is that these are great stories that you can charge money for. Being the capitalist organization that the NFL is, wouldn’t it make sense to make their original content available as many places as possible, on demand as quickly as possible?

These are all examples of low hanging fruit that provides nothing but wins for content providers. The difficult part isn’t doing them, it’s changing the mindset. Execs are being taken kicking and screaming into this OTT/on demand world. They at times seem paralyzed by what to do because they saw their cross town colleagues get chopped down to size and then forced, with no leverage, into the arms of Steve Jobs.  If only video consumers could be so lucky.

The Sunday – Long and Gone

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.15.2017

Best But Long

Clemson did what seemingly no other team in College Football could do and that’s beat Alabama. It took everything they had in a game that last over 4 hours. Which raises the question, are the games too long? CBSsports.com’s Jon Solomon makes a compelling argument with the stats to back it up.

Take That You Filthy Owners!

The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles. Some fans in San Diego are not taking it well.

As far as the analysis of this is concerned, I will default to fieldofschemes.com. Either way, LA gets another team that didn’t get close to making the playoffs. Some how sports team owners feel that cities and counties owe them and should pay for a stadium where they then get all the revenue. Apparently they are wrong.

 

ooohhh!!!!

 

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

First try…

Curry then proceeded to go 8-11 from the floor in the first half against the Detroit Pistons on the Warriors way to a 127-107 victory.

More Mouse Davis Than Bill Walsh

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.10.2017

Over the years we’ve written quite a bit about Chip Kelly. We’ve written how he wasn’t right for the NFL and we’ve written that he could be the next Bill Walsh. With many things, the truth falls somewhere in between.

Chip Kelly 49ersChip Kelly was fired from two NFL jobs in little over a year. The second wasn’t his fault as he was dealt an absolute oil spill but the first was his fault. More importantly there has been some talk out there that Kelly wasn’t able to adjust to the NFL. He didn’t disguise his looks and become, in a word, predictable.

NFL defenses may have figured out a way to stop Kelly’s ‘blur’ offense but the NFL also adopted some of his ideas and methods.

While at Oregon, Kelly made trips to New England to talk about the hurry-up offense with Bill Belichick and his staff. Belichick and Kelly have become good friends and there is a possibility, however remote, that Kelly could slide into the OC spot if current Patriots OC Josh McDaniels gets another head coaching gig with, ironically enough, the San Francisco 49ers.

The fact is that a lot of teams, college and pro, use some of Kelly’s principals in their offenses. It’s a lot like how every one criticized Mouse Davis’s Run’N’Shoot offense when it debuted in the NFL way back in 1989.

Many criticized the offense and in it’s purest form wasn’t very successful at the NFL level. However aspects of the offense have made it into just about every current NFL offense. Using the pass to set up the run, single back sets and having wide receivers read the coverage along with the quarterback.

Kelly’s offense and training methods are seeing a similar bubbling up across the league. Kelly embraced sports science and employed a ‘sport science coordinator’ while with the Eagles. Other NFL teams have begun to embrace the idea of maximizing athletes performance after Kelly blazed the way.

Teams have also incorporated some zone read plays, allowed their quarterback to run more often, and of course using the hurry-up or no huddle offense throughout the game instead of just at end of a half.

While Kelly may not have revolutionized the game like the late Bill Walsh did so many years ago, he did influence it significantly like Mouse Davis did back in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Kelly’s NFL career will be judged by wins and losses but he has contributed much more than that.

 

The Sunday – Statements and Snow

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.8.2016

 Statements

We see you Mr Richardson. We indeed see you.

 

Non Statements

What are the Bills doing? And this was after their head coach was fired.

What?

How Many Steps Do You Get?

When you should get two, apparently at a home game in Lawrence you can take like four.

Next time, do it like this….

Doing It Right

Orlando City SC is doing it right.

Thanks Steve.

 

Snow Days

This is one way to spend your cancelled swim meet. Although West Virginia beat ya to it last year.

Diary of a Sports Cord Cutter: Hulu Enters the Fray

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.5.2017

Hulu finally announced that they are entering the live streaming fray to compete against DirecTV Now, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. This has been rumored about for several months but was finally announced this week at CES. Will this be a viable option for sports cord cutters? On the surface the answer appears to be yes.

Hulu announced that the price for the package will ‘under $40’. Translation: $39.99 (Really guys? You think this still works on people?) Second, and this is what has the press buzzing, Hulu got CBS to sign on. This means that you can watch NFL on CBS games (apparently only the game in your local market but they weren’t clear on that) and the elusive CBS Sports Network with this package.

To go along with the CBS Sports Network, you will also get all of the ESPN and Fox Sports channels. In essence you are getting as many channels sports wise than what Sling TV can offer. Although Hulu made no mention of the league networks (NFL, NBA, NHL, etc) or of the collegiate channels (Pac 12, BigTen, Campus Insiders) much less NFL RedZone.

While the selection and price point seem too good to be true, in my experience it usually is.

Hulu Pricing ModelLet’s not forget that Hulu was the online provider that brought us the most ridiculous pricing model known to the Internet. How? By convincing you to pay them to allow you to watch commercials. Also because Hulu is run by studios (Comcast, Disney, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox) which means that they see things through the TV lens. However, they are not dumb and they saw the backlash on DirecTV Now’s rollout and packages that did nothing but move the cable and satellite bundling to a new domain.

Hulu has a chance here but details are too vague to see if this is going to be a true option for the sports cord cutter. Basically no one in the cord cutting universe offers all of the ESPN, Fox Sports, NBCSN, League and Conference networks and CBS Sports Network for under $50 a month. That is a hard thing to do and we’ll have to wait and see if Hulu can do it.

SF 49ers: Digging To The Bottom of the NFL

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.3.2016

The San Francisco 49ers will be on their fourth head coach in as many years and the first team in almost 40 years to fire coaches in back-to-back years after just one season. The Cleveland Browns haven’t even done that. Add to it that the owner, Jed York, said in his press conference on Monday, ‘I own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners.‘ The 49ers were once the envy of every North American sports organization. Now, they are a laughing stock and paying millions of dollars to their former coaches with little hope for a winning team anytime soon.

Jed YorkIt’s almost scary what’s happening to the 49ers. They seemed to be on the right track when Jed York and then GM Trent Baalke convinced Jim Harbaugh to take over as head coach. He had immediate success and was within an inch of winning a Super Bowl. But Harbaugh and Baalke clashed and York, essentially, sided with Baalke which led to the dismissal of Harbaugh after an 8-8 season.

The 49ers have yet to win 8 games total since letting Harbaugh go.

To add insult to injury, the organization is going to have to pay between $30 million to $70 million to former coaches to not coach. This includes having to pay the next three years of former head coach Chip Kelly’s deal. Kelly never had a chance with the hand he was dealt but no matter, he’ll get paid handsomely for his one year with the team.

The fact is that Jed York should be fired. Can you imagine running a company where you have fired the leadership over the last years and will lose at least $30 million to pay former employees to not do their job?

It would be nice to say that there is some hope for the 49er faithful. The fact is that there isn’t. They have had multiple terrible drafts, lost potential hall of fame players to retirement or injury and have arguably the worse roster in the league. It will take several solid drafts, free agent signings and a lot of luck for the 49ers to make the playoffs again. So strap in 49er faithful, this is a long term plan.

The Sunday – Happy New Year

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.1.2017

 Yikes

And Trevor Siemian does his best Ryan Tannehill

And this pretty much summed up the defending Super Bowl champs season.

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Tackling

One thing did come out of the Christmas Night NFL game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, this tackle by the security guard.

While that’s good…..so is this and it’s by a punter!

 

WWWOOOOOOWWWWW!!!

 

 

Horse Down

Photobomb

How to properly photobomb a team picture of the opposing team.

And that is 2016 all wrapped up. So do what you can to enjoy another trip around the sun.