The Sunday – Madness In Many Forms

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.25.2018

Let It Snow

Well it is spring but don’t tell Mother Nature that. She, and Father Time, are the only two to ever be undefeated. Take note NASCAR.

Blocking Madness

Ooooooohhhh!!!! Is pretty much how ever one reacted when they saw this….

Most of the time Pekka Rinne is much better than this. But for Make – A – Wish, we absolutely make an exception.

Sid The Kid

Well he’s not a kid anymore….but still amazing.

 

Sign of the Week

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The Sunday – The Return Of The Madness

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.18.2018

 

It Is Madness

The 1

When you see that 135-1, remember, UMBC is that 1.

Rory!

Let’s face it, Rory was on fire today.

Mr. James With The Thunder

….damn.

Him

Scott Frost played under Tom Osborne. So it should be no surprise that Frost has a little Osborne in him.

 

The Sunday – The Super of Sports

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.4.2018

Not So Super

Ok, I get that not all Americans are football fans but there are some basic things that you could at least hazard a guess on. Couldn’t ya? Dallas Cowboys? You can’t offer that up as a guess? As an NFL saying goes, “C’mon Man!”

 

Hall Of Fame

Something cool about this. No phone calls, no letters or tweets. Just a good ole fashion knock on the door. Welcome class of 2018.

Moss will make ya cry.

 

Super Crashes

Roo Rage….

Friendly Fire…

Super Blocks….

 

Super Scores

McDavid being McDavid.

And of course after this, security missed this guy coming out from the crowd….

Super Skills

Age doesn’t matter cause when you got it, you got it.

The Sunday – Whoa, Nelly!

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.14.2018

Whoa, Nelly!

The great Keith Jackson passed away this weekend. The commentator is the second legend of the industry to pass away in a matter of weeks. Jackson was the soundtrack for college football for several generations. He called some of the greatest games in the sport including the 2006 National Championship game between Texas and USC.

And of the course the Colorado Hail Mary back in 1994.

He was an icon of the industry and he will be missed.

Winning

On passing

In pregame…

In the meltdown….

In trying to be the next Steph Curry

And in the finish….

Moments of the Week

Not sure why, how, or if this was a good idea but I am glad someone thought of it.

The Sunday – Stop And Appreciate

Compiled By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.7.2018

Oh So Pretty

The American showing how it’s done.

Other times you just have to do it yourself.

National Champions

UCF pretty much decided that after a perfect season they’re National Champions. Can’t really disagree especially when they were 0-12 two years ago and have a kid like this as they’re sack master.

And they have some awesome celebrations.

But other times they got no respect.

 

We’re Talking About Practice

Well, getting to the indoor facility proved difficult for the Patriots.

 

Moments of the Week

The Rose Bowl once again delivered. It was great game but maybe not as good as this shot.

Or maybe it was the reaction of the Buffalo Bills and Bills fans around the country when they found out they were going to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Or maybe it was Jags fans trying to copy Bills fans.

The Sunday – New Year and New Memories

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 12.31.2017

 

Not In Holiday Spirit

Getting sucker punched is never in the holiday spirit.

Neither is this pointless ejection.

Miami head coach Mark Richt, yeah, not in the holiday spirit after a holding call that went by the wayside.

In The Holiday Spirit

This guy…..

The Sense of giving…

Uh, this dog.

Coach Martin giving the opposing team a pep talk.

But the real holiday spirit is reflected in former Arkansas AD Jeff Long and football coach Brett Bielema. Both tweeted their support for their successors after being unceremoniously sacked by the University in late November.

Moments Of The Week

Brought to you by, you guessed it, Washington State head coach Mike Leach.

Followed quickly by Bill Walton being, well, Bill Walton.

And then later….

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 – 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

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!