The Sunday – Bringing The Boom

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 12.10.2017


Laying Down The Boom

Here comes the….

Bell the bulldozer.

Julio Jones, laying the wood.

A boom in another form.

Of Note….

Best celebration?

Or This?

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How to get suspended…do this.

And some days, you just don’t get along.

Then Gronk did this and Belichick had to apologize.

 

Winners

It use to be that no sports team in the city of Toronto won a championship. Now they’ve had two in a matter of weeks. First the Argos took home the Grey Cup and now Toronto FC took home MLS Cup.

Mascots who have a dance off? Yep, that’s winning.

Army v Navy

Normally, cold opens as they are called are forced, overly done and meaningless. The open for the Army v Navy game was at times ‘overly done’ but man is it good.

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The Sunday – The Ridiculous

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 12.3.2017


The Silly Season Goes To A Whole New Level

Well the silly season of college football was taken to a whole new level this past week. Tennessee led the charge with the most bungled, dumpster fire coaching search in recent memory that ended up costing the Athletic Director his job. A distant second might be the Texas A&M search. It’s not that the A&M search was bad, it was just what was paid.

Texas A&M fired Kevin Sumlin, who went 51-26 in 6 seasons with the Aggies, and then hired Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher. To fire Sumlin, A&M has to pay him $10.4 million due in the next 60 days and then it turned around and signed a deal to pay Fisher $75 million over 10 years…..fully guaranteed.

Meanwhile Florida State was not happy. They essentially pushed out Fisher before the Seminoles final game because they flat out got tired of it. Then people were apparently outside of Fisher’s house and noticed this…..

Sumlin on the other hand may land a coaching gig here soon. His final press conference was pure class though.

While the Texas A&M switch at Head Coach was an unkept secret for weeks, the only one worse was UCF coach Scott Frost going home to Nebraska.

Frost was pretty disappointed that he didn’t get to savour the incredible win against Memphis for the AAC title and let people know at the post game press conference.

None the less, Frost is the Head Coach at Nebraska. In fact, here was there this morning.

A final note on Tennessee (and I am a proud Tennessee alumni), the fan base has a right to be upset. As ESPN’s Chris Low pointed out in a tweet on Saturday;

The fan base also needs to understand how this looks outside of Vol Nation. While many if not most could care less what those people think (especially in this era of absolute hatred for differing opinions), recruits and coaches do. Tennessee’s climb back to national prominence was going to be hard before firing Butch Jones. After this week, it got even harder.

The Good Stuff

Oh, yes he did

Photobomb

First they broke the field….

Then this guy fixed it.

His name by the way is Erik Harlow and he is a hero. 

 

Cold Blooded

Just dribble around Mr. Ball.

Defense optional this year in Phoenix.

The Silliest Of Seasons

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.29.2017


This time of year (mid to late November) is known as the ‘silly season’ in college football. It’s silly because of several reasons. First, the money spent to remove coaches and hire new ones. Second, the search process which as some schools have shown can be an absolute disaster. Football is a game and if you remove yourself and look at the big picture, what has occurred over the last few weeks or so is absolute nonsense.

Full disclosure, I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a very proud alumni.

Over the past few weeks universities (or major boosters) have paid out a minimum of $55 million to remove head coaches. That’s right. $55 million to pay coaches to leave. Meanwhile people in this country, who love these football programs and struggle to make ends meet, have to sit back and watch a coach like Butch Jones will get $205k a month for the next 40 months to not work. The best deal, how bout former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin will get some $10+ million in the next 60 days to not coach football. Texas A&M doesn’t even get a deal on the payout if Sumlin takes another job. How bout that for an exit package!

Why are these buyouts so high? Well partially because the whole industry has gone off of the deep end. Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema was fired shortly after the teams last game of the season. In fact the media got the PR release immediately after the game which may have occurred before Bielema got the news.

Speaking of deep end, let’s talk about Tennessee and the fiasco that is still occurring there. Athletic Director John Currie fired head coach Butch Jones and was very frank and professional in the press conference following the firing. He gave off an air of professionalism and the expectation that Currie was planning far ahead and a new head coach would be in place soon. Several weeks later Currie tried to hire former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. That outraged the Tennessee fanbase, media, alumni, boosters and even politicians to the point of protests on campus. It was so bad that Currie had to (from what we know) withdraw the offer and go back to the drawing board. That drawing board saw him get turned down by Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and apparently be overruled on bringing in Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.

But back to the Schiano debacle. The pulling back from Schiano showed a few things; first that social media and boosters can stop a hiring if they don’t like it. Second that people associate anyone with the Penn State at the time of the Jerry Sandusky abuses as tainted goods and finally, the expectations at a Power 5 school like Tennessee is to have a “splash hire” and someone who can put their team back in the running for national championships. For some at Tennessee that means former Tampa Bay and Oakland head coach Jon Gruden. A coach who hasn’t roamed the sidelines of a football game in a decade and hasn’t coached at the collegiate level in almost 30 years.

Let’s be honest, all this is beyond the pale. This is college football where the players are not paid yet millions of dollars are being shelled out to fire coaches and hire new ones all the while the universities that the players represent saddle students with enough loan debt to make an economist have an extra shot of tequila. Social media turns into the digital equivalent of a forrest fire and fans get so fired up that they protest or confront coaches who might leave as one did at Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher’s weekly radio show.

Athletic Directors are beholden to big money donors who bless or curse hires. Coaches change jobs and receive millions of dollars while the players they recruited are stuck and can only transfer to schools in a lower division or sit out a season. They do not get to share in the riches  of revenue but put their bodies on the line for 12 games a year and then some. It’s time for this industry to look in the mirror and say that enough is enough.

College football is a wonderful sport but it is officially out of control. While the passionate fans found in Knoxville, Gainesville, College Station, Lincoln and Fayetteville among others deserve a quality program for the support they give, at the end of the day it’s still just a game being played by unpaid participants. The amount of money, time and attention being paid to firing and hiring coaches could and should be spent elsewhere. It doesn’t appear that this will change any time soon so do what you can do enjoy the fiery spectacle.

The Sunday – Family, Food, Football & Leach

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.26.2017


Thanksgiving Football

Thanksgiving has 3 F’s. Family, Food and Football.

Barkley Being Barkley

Barry Being Barry. Really?

Oh Nice!

What?

Regulating like a big dog.

Oh man.

While that was bad, missing the kicking net might be worse.

 

Honesty.

Elevate Your Game

7-1 in Champions League? Wow!

 

Mike Leach Moments Of The Week

Getting married? Let Leach give you some advice.

 

The Sunday – Celebrations Along With Some Creativity

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.19.2017

Best celebration ever?

They are doing it right up in Canada.

Or was this one better? It’s after Sweden defeated Italy to make it to the World Cup.

But UCF, that’s some creativity. Like shotgunning beer.

Saturday

I believe I can fly…

And the second half kick off in Knoxville.

Lord.

But what about this hit by the kicker…

 

Brutus! Behave.

 

College

Never underestimate the creativity of college students.

 

Coolest Moment

Then the Broncos did stuff like this….

The Block

The catch.

and the pipes.

 

Fight

The Sunday – Fighting & Failure

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.12.2017

Fight

There were plenty of scuffles last Sunday….in the NFL.

But sometimes you were just kidding

Even celebrations had fights.

Then there is real fighting. And by that I mean Matt Brown sending himself off into retirement with a vicious knockout elbow.

The Wow Factor

Russell Wilson may have had a concussion during this play and that’s scary. It’s still an amazing play.

 

 

Before The Game

Never, ever underestimate the creativity of college students.

 

Well that’s one way to bring out the offensive linemen.

Mike Leach Moment of the Week

The Sunday – Bedlam In Every Sense Of The Word

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.5.2017

Bedlam

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State was just that, bedlam. It’s final score, 62-52. Or as Jay Bilas tweeted….

It was fun but long and sometimes it makes you think, ‘did anybody want to play defense?’

Speaking of bedlam, how about the UFC having 3 titles change hands in 1 night? In all the years that is the first time it has ever happened.

And GSP returns to take home a belt. He is now one of the few to win 2 titles in 2 different weight classes.

Oh look, another left hook!

Football

Outside of bedlam there were plenty of other memorable moments from the week that was in football. Including Ohio State losing but being classy, a snow game in Wyoming and some awesome dancing.

Ohio State may have been, surprisingly, blown out by Iowa in Iowa but they did take part in the coolest new tradition in sports, waving to the children’s hospital.

Snow!!!! What makes that even better? SloMotion snow!!!!!

How bout this for a flyover?

That catch.

And then sometimes, you just gotta dance.

 

Dunking

Happy Houston. Sad Houston.

The city of Houston has been through a lot lately. A devastating hurricane followed by historic flooding. In sports they saw JJ Watt and now Deshaun Watson go down with season ending injuries. But there is a bright spot, the Astros. The Astros defeated the LA Dodgers in 7 games to bring home their first World Series title. And people were stoked.

 

Best Halloween Costume

I am sure that there were others but just for the impression alone, Russell Wilson gets my vote.

Mike Leach Moment of the Week

The Sunday – Punishing And Dancing

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.29.2017

The Hits

Superman punches in hockey? Sweet. What’s next, axe kicks?

Joe Flacco is, allegedly, still alive.

Sneaky

Don’t mind me, just crashing your huddle.

Think you have this? WRONG!

Hanging

And some days you just have to hold on….or not.

Just Dance

And this is how you should go into every Monday…..

The Sunday – Football And Comebacks

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.21.2017

The College Experience

Why we love Coach Corso…

White guys: Jumping, No. Kicking,  Yes.

Saban dropping his sports psychology knowledge.

What?

NFL Passing Game

Nope.

Yep.

Yep Part 2.

 

Comebacks

Welcome Back Eddie. Keep fighting.

The Best

It’s a week late but hey, it’s Iceland and a viking clap.

 

Diary of a Sports Cord Cutter: Sling vs Fubo vs Hulu

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.15.2017

Being a sports fan and a cord cutter has it’s advantages but it also has it’s downsides. One of those downsides is that you may have to have more than one service in order to get all of the channels required to watch the games you’d want to watch (depending on the sport and your fan level). While that sounds simple enough, switching between the two apps is not exactly quick or simple and there is still the issue of user experience and that whole buffering thing. But if you get tired of the service, dropping it and signing up for another one takes a whole five minutes.

I have been a Sling TV user for about two years now. After a slow start and the occasional reboot, I have found the service a solid investment. The only knock on Sling from my perspective is that it doesn’t have CBS Sports Network or the Big Ten Network. To that end, I subscribed to another service, Fubo TV, in late summer.

Fubo TV touts itself as the ‘sports fan’ service. Or at least that’s the feeling I get from their ad’s and imagery. Fubo was going well, they had some of the channels I was missing with Sling and more of the financial channels like CNBC and Fox Business. Their interface lacked a lot. Want to go between channels, you have to completely exit that channel, scroll for the next one, and then click on two different screens.

 

Fubo TV’s downfall for me came during two weeks earlier this year. First, I was doing everything I could to stay awake for the end of the Texas vs USC matchup and on USC’s final drive in regulation, the feed went out. Fubo TV allows the user, at least in the Denver metro area, to get the local CBS and Fox affiliate. I was laying in bed when the feed went out and dragged myself out of bed and to the couch to watch overtime on the over-the-ar signal.

The next weekend during the afternoon, the service went out all together. A tweet confirmed the outage and also confirmed my switching over to Hulu.

Hulu is one of the relatively newer OTT services. While the interface is more stylistic than Fubo TV’s, it’s confusing and you still cannot watch a channel and look for another show without completely exiting the channel. Sling TV’s interface allows you to do this and to this point, I find it far superior to Fubo TV or Hulu’s.

Hulu’s service to this point I have found stable and reliable. It is geared more towards the non-sport fan but you can at least set your own channel listing. Drawbacks include when you click on a game, if the TV listing says it’s over and it’s not, you have to go to the channel directly instead of the game itself. Another is you have to dig for the beta live TV service to watch live TV on a web browser and if you’re OTT device is an Apple TV….we’ll that’s not going to end well.

Another drawback is that when you first start Hulu, after a few moments of viewing, I regularly encounter a buffer screen.

It’s annoying and in the middle of a play, soul crushing, but nothing outside of the realm of fixability.

To go a little Bill O’Reily on you, here’s the bottom line:

Sling TV is thus far the best service as far as reliability and user experiencE are concerned. It’s drawbacks are the amount of people who can watch at one time, time shifting (backing up a play so you can see that amazing catch one more time) and the lack of the Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network and local channels.

Fubo TV lacks in stability, user interface and the lack of ESPN channels. The first two were so bad that I went to another service.

Hulu has a slick interface that was designed by someone who clearly wants to show off their design skills. It has local channels and just about every sports channel you’d want except PAC 12 Network and NFL RedZone.

If you are going to go with one service, Hulu might be it but it’s hard to push Sling TV aside especially if user experience is important to you.

The good news is that if you want to change services, it takes about 15 minutes.