The Sunday – Legacy

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 6.11.2017


The Series

There were people out there who thought that a Pittsburgh v Nashville Stanley Cup Final would be a ratings downer. Wrong. Apparently ratings are up and pretty substantially.

The Final has not been without it’s controversy. The fact is that even if the Pittsburgh wins this series which is likely, will it tarnish Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? Nashville’s P.K. Subban has clearly gotten under the skin of his Team Canada teammate and also that of Malkin.

Crosby is one of the few NHL players that transcends the sport. Is it good for hockey if he is doing what he did above? Yes Subban can get under your skin. That’s part of his game as one of the better defensemen in the league but Crosby and Malkin need to rise above. Not only for themselves but also for their team and for the league.

Bye Bye Big Game Bob

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops stepped down abruptly this week at the ripe old age of 56. He over course will stay on at OU as ‘special assistant to the Athletic Director’ meaning he gets paid to go do some fund raising.

He has 190 wins (most in Oklahoma history) and one national title (2000). He was nicknamed ‘Big Game Bob’ for his ability to win big games early in his 18 year career as head coach at Oklahoma. It was a nickname that some mocked later on going 0-3 in National Title games after winning his first and only title. Oklahoma did have 4 Heisman Trophy winners during his time as head coach and nine former assistants have gone on to become head coaches.

 

What?

LeBron showing why he is The King.

This is just mean…

…and so is this.

Moment of the Week

Let’s face it, the only thing missing from this picture is Gisele.

 

Beat The Freeze

Not sure when or why the Atlanta Braves started this but it’s amazing….

The Sunday…On Monday

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.29.2017

The Crash

The most amazing part of this that everyone walked away. However I can’t help thinking, ‘Yep, I’m flyin through the air this ain’t good.’

 

Defending The Plate

So You Want To Be  A Major League Baseball Player?

Good, then try to hit these….

But if you can, hopefully you can do it like Mike Trout. Cause….damn.

How It’s Done

Shaq vs Chuck

 

The Sunday – Grabs and Grace

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.14.2017


Glove Work

 

Base Running

Here is this week’s example of bad base running.

And now your example of good base running.

 

Two Words

Backside Trailer.

 

World Class

His name…is Kaka.

 

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week ft. Kevin Durant.

Down 20+ in the 3rd quarter? That’s nothin.

The Sunday – Best Tackle Ever

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.23.2017

Sign The Bunny Up

Let’s face it, you won’t see a better tackle than this all year long. Someone is going to sign the Easter Bunny to an NFL contract.

Trolling

What’s better than sweeping your rival in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Having the mascot troll all the people who didn’t pick you to win.

 

Wow!

Darlington Nagbe is up to his old awesome goal scoring tricks again.

And Charlie Blackmon showing you that hustle really does pay off.

Ouch

The Sunday – From Saves to Singing

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.9.2017

Savoring the Saves

The NHL season wraps up today and here are some last minute contenders for Save of the Year.

The Quick-ness by Jonathan Quick.

The Robbery…

Nothing but stick….

Madison the Destroyer

An MLB first, a pitcher hits not one but two home runs on opening day. Bad news, he didn’t even get the win as the SF Giants bullpen blew the game.

 

Skimming And Scoring

 

Steph Curry Moment Of The Week

And Carpool Karaoke. Yes folks he can do it all.

The Sunday – Upsets, Arrivals And Scary Moments

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.2.2017

End of the Run

Regardless of if the Mississippi State women’s basketball team wins the National Title game on Sunday, they have already accomplished the impossible. They defeated the previously unbeaten UCONN Huskies in the semifinal of the Final Four on a last second shot by the shortest person on the floor.

This was UCONN’s first loss in 111 games. To put that in perspective, the last time they lost was 865 days ago or if you prefer, November of 2014. Mississippi State’s victory is officially one of the greatest upsets of all time.

Fights

Schweinsteiger

Bastian SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger brings a bit of experience with him to the Chicago Fire. A decade plus playing for Bayern Munich and 120 plus appearances with the German National team which included a World Cup championship in 2014.

Despite his pedigree, some members of the media were either utterly nervous or just didn’t know their sport.

And of course he scores in his first game.

Scares

Scary moments in Philadelphia as starting goalie Michal Neuvirth collapsed on the ice. He was unconscious for a bit but was moving and awake when he was taken off the ice via a stretcher.

He was still in the hospital as of this morning. On a better note, the backup goalie was called up that day from the minors and barely made it in time for the game. Then the emergency goalie for the Flyers, Eric Sembrowski, almost got into the game with 24 seconds remaining. Unfortunately Sembrowski wasn’t allowed to play due to some NHL rules. The Flyers fans let the refs know that they didn’t approve.

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

The Sunday – The Shots of March

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.26.2017

Shots

Sidney Crosby shows why he is one of the best players in his generation.

And so does LeBron James.

And oh is it pretty….

….when you include all of USMNT goals. All 6 of them.

 

The Madness Continues

Half of the Final Four is set with the other half being set today but Florida and Wisconsin reminded us why we love and hate this time of year.

Xavier may have lost a chance to go to the Final Four but this end of the half buzzer beater by J.P. Marcura is something to see. Even if it didn’t count.

What?

Devin Booker dropped 70 points on the Boston Celtics this past week. 70!

The Sunday – Let The Madness Begin

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.12.2017

Powering Through The Madness

How bout the Michigan men’s basketball team. First their plane slides off the runway. They fly out the next morning and arrived a few hours before their game against Illinois. They only have their practice gear and the band borrows other folks instruments. Bottom line, they win the game 75-55. Not bad gentlemen. Not bad at all.

The Wolverines went on to win the Big Ten tournament and grab themselves a spot in the Big Dance.

Impressive

He’s Kawhi Leonard and you’re not. So when you’re this good what happens? You get drug testing immediately after the game.

 

Steph Curry Moment Of The Week

Change In Reverse

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.4.2017

There has been an unspoken movement for years at all levels of sports. The movement is how to appeal to younger fans. They are trying everything from new technology to changing the rules of the game and yet they are no closer closer to solving their dilema. But they can in one swift move, lower ticket prices.

Taking less money seems like, on the surface at least, counter intuitive, but it isn’t. It may be the only way live sporting events can help reverse the tide of fans choosing to stay home and watch the game on TV vs shlepping their way to the stadium.

When you look at the costs of going to a live sporting event, it can get out of hand pretty quickly. From the tickets to the transportation to the food and drink. And for what? A chance to see your local team get faded by a superior team and then fight the traffic to get home?

If teams lower ticket prices they will increase demand even if it is artificial. The fact is that since 2008 people have become more aware of the financial relevance in the world. Spending hard earned money on something like a Tuesday night baseball game isn’t going to cut it. Now if the ticket price was a ‘reasonable’ level then that might be enough to sway the marginal fan. Once there, they will spend the money on food, booze, and merchandise. The teams will make up the revenue on the lower ticket price very, very quickly.

Look at it  this way, its about volume and not about financial level. Sports teams and organizations have this mentality that lowering the price for admission is somehow diminishing the product somehow. It’s not and never has been.

Lowering the cost of admission does one thing, puts butts in seats and to be completely honest, it’s a safe bet that the margins on alcohol sales are a heck of a lot better than that of a seat at the game.

Make no mistake, while all of this talk and execution of virtual reality, target digital marketing, etc is important it in the end is not going to turn the tide. Economics will turn the tide. Economics state that if demand falls then the price of the goood or service cannot sustain current levels. Let’s also not pretend that the owners of these teams and organizations are hurting for money either.

 

The Sunday – Bets and Shots from Beyond

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.26.2017

This Guy

He stole our hearts and possibly a meat pie. He hits the pub, eats a pie and somehow his club loses to Arsenal.

Anniversaries

This week marked the 37th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. Kind of ironic nowadays.

And it was the 32nd anniversary of Bobby Knight trying to give someone a chair from across the basketball court.

February Madness

Former Colorado State guard John Gillon making Duke fans cry.

Meanwhile back in Fort Collins, the game winning 3 from the unlikeliest of people…

Cmon Bill!

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

How about 17 points in the third quarter

But Steph had some competition courtesy of Indiana’s Devonte Green.