Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.20.2018
Right to the gut.
Sign this kid up.
Nolan being Nolan.
Right to the gut.
Sign this kid up.
Nolan being Nolan.
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.
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.
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”.
Gotta love the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
One of the great things about sports is that it reminds us how good we can be as human beings.
Always love these moments.
It takes more than just the players.
Scary moment during the Cubs v Rockies game. Fortunately Bryant wasn’t seriously hurt. He’s doing as good as can be expected.
Bryce Harper did something very impressive, he hit a home run while breaking his bat. Damn.
Cristiano Ronaldo did it again. He did the amazing that even gave the opposing clubs fans a reason to stand and cheer.
Well, that’s an amazing save.
Even if you hate golf, you have to like these.
Things you’d expect to see in minor league baseball are now in the majors such as,
A bald eagle landing on a player…..
Snow storm for a home opener….
And a hockey stick for an opening pitch.
While ejections can weaker and weaker.
Two of the better, and stranger, walk offs you’ll see.
And then there was this in the 14th inning.
The UFC’s biggest star did this….
Which took a couple of fighters off of the UFC 223 card. Then NYPD did this…
But remember, there are more good folks in sports then there are bad. While McGregor did what he did and was charge with a crime, Tennessee Titans quarterback did this for the Special Olympics.
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!
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?
And then sometimes, you just gotta dance.
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.
I am sure that there were others but just for the impression alone, Russell Wilson gets my vote.
Matt Cain announced that he will retire this week. It’s odd to talk about ‘retiring’ when they are only 33 years old but Cain did pitch 13 years with the San Francisco Giants, win three World Series, and throw a perfect game. Cain didn’t finish his career with a winning record but he was incredibly important to the Giants organization. He was the rock they relied on as they built themselves into a three time world champion. He will always be a Giant and he will be missed.
We lost a coach this weekend. Former Purdue and Wyoming head coach Joe Tiller passed away at the tender age of 74.
Let’s face it, the Heisman Trophy is coming down to two people; Penn State’s Saqoun Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love. Below is a little taste as to why.
While much gets made about the celebrations in football, you have to tip your hat to the Yankees for this one.
No one will ever question Addison Russell’s heart. He knocked over a St Louis Cardinals fan nachos….and then brought him a replacement.
And possibly the best description ever….
The NFL games on Sunday are being overshadowed by the reactions of players, teams and owners to President Trump’s comments. Some players kneeled, other locked arms and some didn’t come out for the national anthem at all. All this can be discussed other places besides this blog.
What’d I’d like to focus on are games. The last second wins, the amazing catches and horrifically bad officiating that everyone can agree on were just bad.
Tom Brady: The Old Guy Who Can Through Dimes.
This is a 15 yard penalty…..really?
Oh just a little chip shot for the win…
How bout this for your first NFL catch?
Least we forget about Pierre Garcon’s catch from Thursday.
But still, OBJ will do OBJ things.
Then the Bears do Bears things.
MLS is coming down the home stretch and still give us some amazing moments week in and week out.
But nothing may beat DC United’s Patrick Mullins scoring 4 goals…..in 31 minutes.
And the squirrel.
There are no words. It’s just awesome.
How bout New York Mets field reporter Steve Gelbs on Saturday? In the middle of a piece and just snags a foul ball.
This guy….not such a good grab.
And this guy is never going to live it down….
How bout the Vegas Golden Knights trolling the San Jose Sharks.
It was suppose to be a big weekend for sports. There was the return of college football,MLB pennate races, MLS rivalry week and of course the ‘biggest fight ever’. This all of course has ended up being eclipsed by Hurricane Harvey which has put the Houston area underwater.
The remnants of the storm have put sporting events up in the air as teams, schools and games figure out what to do next. Rice’s football team returns from Sydney, Australia is in question. The team was beaten up by #14 ranked Stanford 62-7 on Saturday night. They are due to land in Los Angeles on Monday and from there they will have to make a decision on what to do next.
Rice is among a couple of schools and games that have their first week up in the air.
The Houston Texans will be practicing in Dallas for the week. They changed their travel plans after their game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night. After the game on Thursday in Dallas, it’s up in the air on what the Texans will do next.
The Houston Astros are also heading to Dallas after their series against the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. Whether or not they will play the Texas Rangers this week in Houston is up in the air.
Things got ugly on Thursday after what essentially relates to ‘baseball rules’. The rule goes, you hit our main guy, we hit your main guy. Sometimes it goes off without a hitch. Other times it turns into this.
The best catch of the year may not be in the major leagues but in the Little League World Series.
Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor by TKO in the 10th round. It wasn’t really a surprise unless you really thought that an MMA fighter was going to beat the best boxer of all time in a boxing match.
Despite all the hype from those in the combat sports realm, the event was far from a sellout. According to the LA Times, T-Mobile arena was 6,000 people short of a sellout.
Believe it or not, sometimes it’s hard to be noticed in the rocky mountain outpost of major league baseball. The Colorado Rockies are chasing down their post season appearance since 2009 and they are doing it behind a centerfielder having one of the best seasons in baseball.
Simply put, Rockies centerfielder Charlie Blackmon is having a career year. Yeah you can always default to the ‘he plays at altitude’ argument but in this case that argument doesn’t hold up. Away from Coors Field he is hitting .288 with 10 HR’s, 35 RBI’s, with 12 doubles and a .330 OBP. Those are quality numbers for any leadoff hitter at any park.
In a nutshell, these are his National League stats through August 12th:
1st in runs: 105 | 1st in hits: 159 | 1st in triples: 13 | 2nd in batting average: .338 | 3rd in slugging: .618 | 6th in homeruns: 27 | 11th in OBP: 3.94 |15th in RBI: 74
While most people point to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for MVP and for valid reasons. Not only is Arenado one of the top 5 position players in all of baseball but he is also leading baseball in RBI’s and pretty much ranks in the top 10 across all the important offensive categories in the National League.
But let’s be honest, Arenado only has 100 + RBI’s because Blackmon is on base in front of him.
Blackmon has been a solid player for the Rockies for a few seasons but he was usually overshadowed by former shorstop Troy Tulowitzki and current right fielder Carlos Gonzalez not to mention Arenado. He overshadowed so much that a year ago the Washington Nationals made a run at acquiring the centerfielder. The Rockies didn’t pull the trigger and now that seems like one of the better decisions any franchise has made.
While there are several quality candidates for NL MVP none of them have gone as above and beyond as Blackmon has. From his hitting to his speed to his play in the vast outfield of Coors Field, Blackmon has proven himself to be MVP material.