The Sunday – The Good Stuff

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.23.2018

WOOOOWWWW

Gotta love the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

 

 

Better

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.

Watch Out!

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.

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The Sunday – It’s Playoff Season

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.15.2018

The Stanley Cup Playoffs

It’s arguably the best postseason in all of sports. And the opening games proved why.

The scoring….

 

Passing….

Saves…

The game winner…

And how excited are people in Las Vegas about the Golden Knights? Well how bout this send off for Game 3.

Buzzer Beater

Well the NBA Playoffs started too, and this was an awesome shot to send the game into OT.

Make Ya Smile

This is just a great story. A professional career stuck in the minors and when you get the call, you light it up.

 

Then there is this. Rex Culpepper throws a touchdown. It may not sound like a big deal but to him it is. In fact, he starts his second round of chemo on Monday because he is battling testicular cancer.

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 – 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 – The Shake Your Head Moments

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @BradHubbard | 12.17.2017

 

Celebrations + Formations

Not sure what was happening here but hey, it’s Boise State in a bowl game.

Then the Internet did its thing….

 

No Shame

 

Plays

And the bad part was, this was called back on a penalty.

And that was almost as good as this, which did count.

And how long is this suspension going to be?

Giving Back

Wait, I have to blow snow?

Moments of the Week

San Diego State head coach on Texas A&M’s new head coach’s contract…

And then things got ugly in Jacksonville.

The Sunday – The Ridiculous

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 12.3.2017


The Silly Season Goes To A Whole New Level

Well the silly season of college football was taken to a whole new level this past week. Tennessee led the charge with the most bungled, dumpster fire coaching search in recent memory that ended up costing the Athletic Director his job. A distant second might be the Texas A&M search. It’s not that the A&M search was bad, it was just what was paid.

Texas A&M fired Kevin Sumlin, who went 51-26 in 6 seasons with the Aggies, and then hired Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher. To fire Sumlin, A&M has to pay him $10.4 million due in the next 60 days and then it turned around and signed a deal to pay Fisher $75 million over 10 years…..fully guaranteed.

Meanwhile Florida State was not happy. They essentially pushed out Fisher before the Seminoles final game because they flat out got tired of it. Then people were apparently outside of Fisher’s house and noticed this…..

Sumlin on the other hand may land a coaching gig here soon. His final press conference was pure class though.

While the Texas A&M switch at Head Coach was an unkept secret for weeks, the only one worse was UCF coach Scott Frost going home to Nebraska.

Frost was pretty disappointed that he didn’t get to savour the incredible win against Memphis for the AAC title and let people know at the post game press conference.

None the less, Frost is the Head Coach at Nebraska. In fact, here was there this morning.

A final note on Tennessee (and I am a proud Tennessee alumni), the fan base has a right to be upset. As ESPN’s Chris Low pointed out in a tweet on Saturday;

The fan base also needs to understand how this looks outside of Vol Nation. While many if not most could care less what those people think (especially in this era of absolute hatred for differing opinions), recruits and coaches do. Tennessee’s climb back to national prominence was going to be hard before firing Butch Jones. After this week, it got even harder.

The Good Stuff

Oh, yes he did

Photobomb

First they broke the field….

Then this guy fixed it.

His name by the way is Erik Harlow and he is a hero. 

 

Cold Blooded

Just dribble around Mr. Ball.

https://twitter.com/seanenglish5280/status/937177760006488064

Defense optional this year in Phoenix.

The Silliest Of Seasons

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.29.2017


This time of year (mid to late November) is known as the ‘silly season’ in college football. It’s silly because of several reasons. First, the money spent to remove coaches and hire new ones. Second, the search process which as some schools have shown can be an absolute disaster. Football is a game and if you remove yourself and look at the big picture, what has occurred over the last few weeks or so is absolute nonsense.

Full disclosure, I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a very proud alumni.

Over the past few weeks universities (or major boosters) have paid out a minimum of $55 million to remove head coaches. That’s right. $55 million to pay coaches to leave. Meanwhile people in this country, who love these football programs and struggle to make ends meet, have to sit back and watch a coach like Butch Jones will get $205k a month for the next 40 months to not work. The best deal, how bout former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin will get some $10+ million in the next 60 days to not coach football. Texas A&M doesn’t even get a deal on the payout if Sumlin takes another job. How bout that for an exit package!

Why are these buyouts so high? Well partially because the whole industry has gone off of the deep end. Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema was fired shortly after the teams last game of the season. In fact the media got the PR release immediately after the game which may have occurred before Bielema got the news.

Speaking of deep end, let’s talk about Tennessee and the fiasco that is still occurring there. Athletic Director John Currie fired head coach Butch Jones and was very frank and professional in the press conference following the firing. He gave off an air of professionalism and the expectation that Currie was planning far ahead and a new head coach would be in place soon. Several weeks later Currie tried to hire former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. That outraged the Tennessee fanbase, media, alumni, boosters and even politicians to the point of protests on campus. It was so bad that Currie had to (from what we know) withdraw the offer and go back to the drawing board. That drawing board saw him get turned down by Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and apparently be overruled on bringing in Purdue’s Jeff Brohm.

But back to the Schiano debacle. The pulling back from Schiano showed a few things; first that social media and boosters can stop a hiring if they don’t like it. Second that people associate anyone with the Penn State at the time of the Jerry Sandusky abuses as tainted goods and finally, the expectations at a Power 5 school like Tennessee is to have a “splash hire” and someone who can put their team back in the running for national championships. For some at Tennessee that means former Tampa Bay and Oakland head coach Jon Gruden. A coach who hasn’t roamed the sidelines of a football game in a decade and hasn’t coached at the collegiate level in almost 30 years.

Let’s be honest, all this is beyond the pale. This is college football where the players are not paid yet millions of dollars are being shelled out to fire coaches and hire new ones all the while the universities that the players represent saddle students with enough loan debt to make an economist have an extra shot of tequila. Social media turns into the digital equivalent of a forrest fire and fans get so fired up that they protest or confront coaches who might leave as one did at Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher’s weekly radio show.

Athletic Directors are beholden to big money donors who bless or curse hires. Coaches change jobs and receive millions of dollars while the players they recruited are stuck and can only transfer to schools in a lower division or sit out a season. They do not get to share in the riches  of revenue but put their bodies on the line for 12 games a year and then some. It’s time for this industry to look in the mirror and say that enough is enough.

College football is a wonderful sport but it is officially out of control. While the passionate fans found in Knoxville, Gainesville, College Station, Lincoln and Fayetteville among others deserve a quality program for the support they give, at the end of the day it’s still just a game being played by unpaid participants. The amount of money, time and attention being paid to firing and hiring coaches could and should be spent elsewhere. It doesn’t appear that this will change any time soon so do what you can do enjoy the fiery spectacle.

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.