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

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Diary of a Cord Cutter: March Madness Opens The Doors For OTT

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.27.2017


March Madness Live was for several years the pinnacle of giving customers what they want. Then they powers that be got greedy. Those powers being CBS and TBS Sports who will spend a combined $19.6 billion to broadcast the NCAA Tournament through 2032decided that a good user experience was just wrong. So they looked backward through the looking glass and forced people to sign in to their cable or satellite provider to watch games online. It wasn’t always like this but the move is a huge opportunity for OTT providers.

When March Madness was first streamed online, for free and without a cable or satellite subscription, it blew the doors off all of the predictions. People asked for it for years and when they finally got it, they responded in spades.

Over the last few years, i.e. since signing this massive deal, CBS and TBS Sports now allow you 3 hours of live streaming until you are forced to sign in with your cable or satellite subscription which of course more and more people do not have. You are allowed to watch the game that is on CBS broadcast channel (which they did stream for free without having to sign in unlike some other NBC does with Sunday Night Football) if you are a cord cutter but you miss out on the games on TBS, TNT and TrueTV.

This is music to the ears of OTT providers like Sling TV, PlaystationVUE and DirecTV Now. All of which offer TBS, TNT and TrueTV with prices ranging from  $25 to $35. A cord cutter could literally sign up for a month, spend $25 and watch all of the games without every having to go to the March Madness streaming website or app. Bonus, they can watch these channels anywhere they want too.

PlaystationVUE was advertising heavily on the March Madness streaming site. They even sponsored the ‘Boss Button’. So while they paid for advertising, they probably got a lot more people to sign up to their service taking people away from March Madness Live.

While these may not sound cheap options they are certainly cheaper than the typical cable and satellite subscription that CBS and TBS Sports are pushing you to.

This was an event cornered by March Madness Live and the logic must have been that since CBS and TBS Sports spent so much on the broadcasting rights that they felt compelled to push people back to a place where their margins are better. This in the end is short sighted thinking and shows that CBS and TBS Sports are not concerned about the end user in the slightest.

And it’s not like CBS and TBS Sports are not making their money on March Madness Live. They have plastered the sites with enough ad’s to make a Nascar fan dizzy and force you to watch a commercial every time you switched games. March Madness Live went from one of the best user experiences to one of the worst in matter of a few years.

It doesn’t matter now if March Madness Live changes its ways and reverts back to when all of the games where free. They have already lost and the OTT providers are coming on hard and welcoming users with open arms.  It is sad to see such a good thing shoot itself in the front due to backwards thinking but on the other hand, there are better options out there.

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

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.

The Sunday – The Love Of Life And Flying

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.19.2017

Flying

It appears that players in the NBA are about a second away from growing wings and actually flying. While Glen Robinson III won the 2017 Slam Dunk crown, damn if Derrick Jones Jr didn’t put on a show.

Why We Love….

NHL referee Wes McCauley…

And Buzz Williams.

Grabbing and Slashing

Look, DeMarcus Cousins may not be the most liked individual but there is no reason to go and grab his junk.

What?

Get Ready

You have to have an appreciation for Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy. Not just because of his ‘I’M A MAN!…’ rant several years ago, or his stylish mullet, but because he will go this far to help get people out to the Pokes wrestling match against Penn State.

The Sunday – Super Things

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.12.2017

Super Bowl

Well if you were an Atlanta Falcons fan you were loving the first half. And if you were a New England Patriots fan you were loving the last 10 minutes. Ok loving might be the wrong word, having a mild heart attack might be more appropriate. And Somewhere in the middle Lady Gaga showed up and did a lot of jumping.

21-3 Falcons at Halftime.

So it must have been Lady Gaga’s halftime performance because the Patriots would rattle off 31 unanswered points to win their fifth Super Bowl. Mean tweets and Facebook posts about the Patriots and Tom Brady ceased after that this and this catch by Julian Edleman.

Sorry Julian but it was Julio Jones who had the catch of the night.

In the end, revenge is a dish best served cold.

Now after seeing this and the College Football National Title game, the fact is that something has to be done about the amount of press on the field. Players, coaches, etc can’t even get to each other to embrace because of the amount of cameras shoved in their face.

 

Being Who You Are

We’ll start with Lebron being Lebron.

Then Blake being Blake

Why is there talk of Chicharito getting a ‘Beckham-like’ deal with MLS? Because he does things like this…..

 

The Record Breaking

Yes the New England Patriots broke a record with the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history but that wasn’t the only record broken this week. The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green became the first player in NBA history to record a triple double without scoring in double figures.

 

New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goalie in NHL history to hit 400 wins. He did it Saturday night in front of his home town crowd in New York.

 

4 OT

We had our first, and usually only, four overtime game in college basketball last weekend. Alabama topped South Carolina 90-86. Then a few days later Wyoming topped Fresno State in a four overtime classic 102-100. And if that wasn’t enough, Wafford outlasted Samford 131-127. Here’s to a good night sleep.

 

New York State Of Chaos

If the New York Knicks weren’t in the world’s largest media market these things might not get this level of attention. But they did.

It’s a long a sordid story with multiple points of view and opinions. Essentially you probably need the NYPD to come in and get the whole story. That being said, the results are the results. Charles Oakley will not be attending anymore Knicks games, the head of security is in the unemployment line and Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson are still having a twitter war.

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!

 

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

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.

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

To go into the half….

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.