The Sunday – Streaks, Rivals and Smiles

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.9.2018


Saturday

Lots happened on Saturday. Streaks like ended for Kansas and Kentucky and old rivalries like Dabo v Jimbo and Colorado v Nebraska reminded us of way the traditions of college football mean so much to its fans.

 

And of the course the most recent tradition that has taken the country by storm is the Miami turnover chain. Now in a 7 lbs model.

Other

Saturday did not go as planned for Serena Williams or her opponent Naomi Osaka. The match was essentially stolen from the players and fans by the umpire. Now it has become a question of sexism. The difference between what a man can get away with on the court and what a woman can. In any event, Osaka’s first Grand Slam title will always be overshadowed by this.

Celebrate

Now a few of the moments that made me smile this week.

Or if you prefer….

 

 

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The Sunday – The Ups And Downs

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.2.2018


IT’S BACK!!!

College football is back and man is it giving us some awesome moments in the first full weekend. The major takeaway, don’t schedule Appalachian State in week one.

Best tackle of the weekend, how bout the ref.

And a great moment in the Maryland vs Texas game as Maryland lined up without a right guard to honor the late Jordan McNair.

 

RESPECT

Jose Mourinho has had a tough start to the 2018-19 campaign. Things came to a boil after their 3-0 loss to Tottenham in Manchester. Mourinho got a little testy in the post match press conference.

Respect will be given to former US National team striker Clint Dempsey who retired this week from the game of soccer. Dempsey brought swagger and some incredible moments throughout his career. He will be sorely missed.

Diary Of A Sports Cord Cutter: Waiting On Local

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 8.26.2018


A week or so ago, Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported that Hulu, Verizon and YouTube TV were among the suitors for DC United’s media rights. It’s not new that OTT providers are bidding on local rights but it does raise the question which is ‘when will established media, sports teams and leagues truly open the OTT doors to local sports fans? ‘

For the uninitiated, local/regional sports rights are the true money maker for sports franchises. Not ticket sales, over priced parking, merchandise sales or the $20 you have to pay for a craft beer at AT&T Park in San Francisco. This is why the sports teams, leagues and networks are so reluctant to move to an OTT model.

 

It is, however, inevitable that local sports teams will be available in an OTT package of some kind. What I mean by that is that eventually the teams, leagues and networks will figure out what their fans have already figured out, that delivering content on any device and service and making it easy to sign up for or cancel is the way of the future.

The teams, leagues and networks will also figure out that this is situation is like any sports game, you take what the defense gives you. And that doesn’t mean that you have to like it. The sports fans just hope that this happens sooner rather than later.

The Sunday – Rewind To Move Forward

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 8.19.2018


Baseball

Giants and Dodgers at it again…

And McCuthen provides a recap…

Nice catch.

But a better throw.

This happened over a week ago but hey, it’s still amazing.

So He’s Too Old?

Wayne Rooney showing once again that it takes no talent to hustle.

And in other MLS news, FC Dallas has a special way of waiting out severe weather.

Best Part About Living In Cleveland

If Browns win = break glass and get a beer.

WOW!

This is flat out nuts.

 

The Sunday – Winning

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 7.7.2018

Goals And Pandemonium

What’s better? Scoring the goal in the Word Cup or celebrating?

 

A Day

Have one Mr Reynolds.

And have one LA Angles.

 

Overshadowed

Nothing overshadows a champion with 2 belts in 2 different weight classes than pushing and shoving after the fight.

The Sunday – The Greatest Hits

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 6.17.2018

Mark It Down

Cristiano Ronaldo is really good…..

Lionel Messi is too just not in this case.

Football Is Back

Like the other kind of football? No, I mean the CFL. Well it’s back and had some memorable moments.

How bout this catch…

If that catch was a catch of the year candidate, then this hit is a hit of the year candidate.

But if you want to know what the NFL guys are doing, it’s something like this.

The Better

What can give you hope, seeing this.

The Minors

God bless you Minor League Baseball.

Safe to say that Phil Mickelson is feed up with this US Open.

The Sunday – Ups, Downs and Back Up

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 6.10.2018

Finally

The Washington Capitals finally got their cup. That means that Alex Ovechkin lifted the Stanley Cup. A trophy he’s been chasing and one most people thought he’d lifted many, many years earlier. Bottom line, Ovechkin became part of a team that was able to get over the hump (the Eastern Conference Semi’s). Once that was complete, the rest was almost a inevitable.

Heck, even the rivals gave a tip of the cap.

Baseball and then Baseball

Did this just happen? Yep. Not exactly something that Major League Baseball want’s fans to see.

This on the other hand is what Major League Baseball does want you to see.

Cold Blooded

The Golden State Warriors dynasty run continues. A sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers. While game four was of course the official end, game three was the dagger and it was delivered by on Kevin Durant.

Impressive

Watch the whole thing. It’s an impressive feat. A clear example of never, ever giving up. Even when the odds look impossible.

Welcome To Canada Mr Manziel

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.22.2018

Johnny Football is back. This time Manziel will be donning a Hamilton Tiger-Cats jersey and doing his magic in the CFL. It’s a smart move and one that could potentially make Manziel the most exciting, undersized quarterback in the CFL since Doug Flutie.

First, let’s be real about the expectations here. The Canadian game is significantly different than the US game. While it’s a style that fits Manziel’s skill set, it is also one he’ll have to adjust to. From the motion rules to the routes the receivers run to the way the coverage develops. It’s going to be a whole new thing for the boy from Texas to take into account. With a limited amount of preseason games and his late signing, it’s going to take probably half a season before Manziel starts ‘getting it’ but he could also pick it up a lot quicker.

The excitement that fans should feel is two fold. First Manziel has a coach who has won at every level of football and is a direct disciple of Mouse Davis who is the Godfather of the Run ‘N’ Shoot offense. June Jones offense employs concepts that every team in football now uses and it’s the foundation for the offense Manziel ran at Texas A&M.

Second, look at the comparisons between Manziel and Doug Flutie. Flutie is in the CFL Hall of Fame, won the Most Outstanding Player 6 times in 8 years while up north and also won the Grey Cup 3 times. Flutie’s arm, scrambling, and ability to extend the play proved to be a lethal combination in the wide open CFL. Manziel has a lot of the same characteristics as you can see from the two quarterbacks highlights.

Some will just say that the CFL is Manziel’s chance to get back to the NFL. Maybe but if Manziel zeros in on being a CFL quarterback, he has the potential to be one of the all time greats. This can go a lot of ways for Manziel but the bottom line is that he is in a great spot in Hamilton with a coach with a proven track record. Things could get very interesting in the CFL come August and September.

The Sunday – The Good And The Better

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.20.2018

 

Well Played

Wow!

Right to the gut.

Sign this kid up.

Nolan being Nolan.

 

What The?

Goodbye Buffon

 

The Good Side

The Sunday – Ups And Downs

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.14.2018

Rinne Out

The Nashville Predators won the Presidents’ Trophy which means they had the best regular season record in the NHL. That is in no way a guarantee that you do well in the playoffs. Well they went out with a whimper as they were crushed 5-1 by Winnipeg in Game 7 in Nashville.

The hard part, watching someone like Pekka Rinne get chased and then just sit in the tunnel.

 

Impressive

How about the welcome Andrew McCutchen got when we showed up in Pittsburgh as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

While that was impressive, this may be more so. Shohei Ohtani’s batting practice in Denver.

But this was the most impressive. Stephen Piscotty was having the start of a good career in St. Louis. But the Northern California native’s mother was ill. She had Lou Gehrig’s disease. So what did St. Louis and Oakland do? They made a trade is off season to get Piscotty back to the bay area. His mother passed away a week ago. When he came up to bat in his first game back he received this ovation from the fans and opposing team.

These are the reasons I love baseball.

Retirement

Lyoto Machida has a tendency to send folks into a retirement with a front kick to the face for the KO.

Speaking of retirement, Darian Durant has called it a career. Who, you ask? Durant played at UNC and then went on to an impressive career in the CFL. He has two Grey Cup’s to his name, threw for over 31,000 yards and 165 touchdowns. Oh, he’s only 5’11”.