The Sunday – Continuing the Unbelievable

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 7.9.2017

Crash

The Tour de France is full of interest this year. If it’s not cyclists being kicked out, it’s horrific crashes that make you wonder how these guys do it. Ritchie Porte is out of the Tour with a fractured pelvis and clavicle. 

Goals

This was a world class goal by a world class player.

 

Not Good

Not sure what Hamilton’s Will Hill was thinking here but it didn’t end well for him. He was thrown out of the game.

 

 

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Tour de Drama

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 7.4.2017

During the final sprint in stage 4 of the Tour de France, world champion Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish were driving to the finish line when Cavendish went into the barrier and was run over by cyclists behind him after it appeared that Sagan nudged Cavendish causing him to fall. At least that is the way the Tour sees it and now both riders are out of the race but for different reasons.

First Cavendish. He took a hard line with no room for error and it didn’t work out. He has a fractured shoulder blade and a nasty cut on his hand. He is out of the race due to injury.

Sagan, the five time Green jersey winner, was initially relegated to 115th place among other penalties but then the Tour changed it’s mind and disqualified him from the race entirely. Sagan denied the claim that he elbowed/nudged/winged Cavendish into the barrier but the race organizers see it differently and have made their decision in the name or ‘rider safety’.

Social media is a buzz about this. While some see a clear elbow by Sagan others point out that Sagan does not need to give a rider behind him a clear path and that Cavendish took a very dangerous if not reckless line.

The bottom line is this, Sagan and Cavendish are out. Two popular cyclists out of cycling’s biggest event of the year. It also means that the race for the Green jersey is wide open. This will either make the 2017 edition of the Tour de France incredible interesting or it will forever have yet another asterisk next to the results.

The Sunday – Hot Shots

Compiled By Brad Hubbard | 3.19.2017

That Hurt

The only better than racing are the fights after the race. But then again, what else would expect after a long, hot afternoon in Las Vegas.

But this may have hurt more….

Watch Out

Cycling isn’t the world’s biggest sport which is why this woman out walking her dog probably had no idea that one of the sports best cyclists, Peter Sagan, was doing a time trial.

While upset at the time Sagan later joked about the incident when he posted this photo to his twitter account.

Shots

While many people did quite a few shots on St. Patrick’s Day was past Friday. One would have to argue that these shots were better.

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

The Sunday: Spills, Pride and Golden Interviews

Ouch!

Not ok. Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten is in intensive care with fractured spine. She is out of intensive care and is doing better but no word on when she will be released from the hospital.

That hurt much more than Buster Posey’s ill fated slide into third base. His pride hurt more than anything.

Actually, this Russian divers pride, and back, hurt more than anything.

Look At All The Bling

I don’t watch the Olympics but by the looks of the news reports and this picture, it appears that Katie Ledecky is a bad ass.

https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/764309298885255168

While Ledecky and Michael Phelps have the world by its tail, Paul and Gary O’Donavan reminded the world that even if you win silver, you can win the gold in the interviews afterword.

Steph Curry Moment Of The Week

While the Men’s US Basketball team is off playing close games in Brazil, Steph Curry is perfecting his next amazing shot.

What to Watch: Fri. 7/22 – Sun. 7/24

All times are Pacific.

Friday July 22nd

Cycling Tour de FranceTour de France – 4am NBCSN: A mean ass mountain stage and one of the last real races of the tour.

San Francisco Giants at New York Yankees – 4pm MLBN: The Giants have lost five in a row and now head to the Bronx to take on the Yankees. Can the Giants ace Madison Bumgarner stop the skid?

Saturday July 23rd

Portland Timbers vs Los Angeles Galaxy – 12:30pm ESPN: The Timbers are starting to come together but the Galaxy are still a few points ahead of them in the standings.

Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas – 4pm MLS LIVE: The two best teams in all of MLS as far as points go square off in the Mile High city.

New York Mets at Miami Marlins – 4pm MLB.TV: Big game in NL East and a heck of a pitching matchup as Jacob deGrom faces off against Jose Fernandez.

Sunday July 24th

Tour de France – 7am NBCSN: The victory lap around the Champs – Elysees.

New York Red Bulls vs NYCFC – 10am FOX: The Derby actually matters. NYCFC leads the east but the Red Bulls are only a few points back.

The Brickyard 400 – Noon NBC: It’s one of the biggest races NASCAR has all year. Added bonus, Jeff Gordon comes out of retirement to fill in for Dale Jr.

The Sunday: Selling, Retiring And Owning

SOLD!

The UFC was sold for $4 billion this week. The weekend after UFC 200 which did lord knows how many pay-per-view buys. Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta bought the UFC for some $2 million many moons ago. They will make a pretty good return on their investment. Dana White will remain as President of the organization and he will add to that this week by speaking at the Republican National Convention.

The Legend Retires

Tim Duncan called it a career this week in the only Tim Duncan can, very low key. All he did was write a letter and posted it on the San Antonio Spurs web site.

Duncan

Saban vs Finebaum

Alabama head coach Nick Saban may go down as the greatest college football coach in history. In order to do that you have not only have to be a great coach but you also have to be able to own the media. Saban can does that and did it again at the SEC Media Days. A mic was hot later and you can hear the the ESPN panel pointing this out.

 

Tour de Run?

It’s becoming a very odd Tour de France. While the stages have been exciting, sometimes they have been exciting for other reasons. Fans are on top of the riders at points during the race and when that happens that means that the motorcycles carrying cameras and photographers. Well a bottle neck occurred this week and caused a crash. This meant that leader Chris Froome was without a bike and just started running until his team car could get to him.

 

This..

France may have lost to Portugal but man is this a cool shot.

EURO FINAL 2016

Or this….

Catches

It’s never too early for ‘Catch of the Year’ nominees.

 

Put Out The Fire

Someone tried to put out the Olympic torch with a fire extinguisher. This pretty much sums up the Rio Olympics before it even gets started.

 

What to Watch: Fri. 7/15 – Sun. 7/17

All times are Pacific.

Friday July 15th 

The British Open – 1am Golf Channel: Lefty got off to a hot start shooting a 63 to put him -8. Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed are tied for second but only three strokes back. Don’t worry, coverage goes until 1pm.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees – 4pm MLBN: Baseball is back from the break and there is no better to start it off but by having the Red Sox vs the Yankees from Yankee Stadium.

Hamilton Tiger Cats at Montreal Alouettes – 4:30pm ESPN3: Remember how the Al’s had a bunch of quarterbacks in camp? We’ll they are already starting their backup, Rakeem Cato.

Saturday July 16th 

The British Open – 4am NBC: Third round from Royal Toon in Scotland.

Tour de France – 5am NBCSN: It’s a 208km run with a couple of climbs. Lets’ see if Chris Froome ditches the bike and just runs it.

Texas Rangers at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLBN: This could legitimately be a World Series Preview. Yu Darvish takes the mound for the Rangers against Jason Hammel for the Cubs.

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers – 4pm FS1: The defending World Series champion Royals are seven games back of the division leading Cleveland Indians. They are only a half game back of the Tigers which makes this series hugely important.

Sunday 17th

The British Open – 4am NBC: Final round of the 145th Open.

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders – Noon FOX: While both are not where they’d thought they’d be at this point in the season, it is still the best rivalry in MLS. The Sounders will be without Clint Dempsey in a game where they have to get at least a point.

Montreal Impact vs NYCFC – 2pm ESPN: Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard square off for the first time in MLS. The once Chelsea teammates are now battling for position in the eastern conference. NYCFC is in the lead due in small part because of Lampard’s recent form. They sit four points in front of the Impact.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees – 5pm ESPN: The rubber match and it’s David Price vs Masahiro Tanaka.

What To Watch: Fri. 7/1 -Sun. 7/3

All times are Pacific.

Friday July 1st

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLB.tv: The Tribe have been on fire. So much so that they are the hottest team in baseball. Jays are tough at home and it is Canada Day.

Wales vs Belgium – Noon ESPN2: Wales is still trucking in the Euro 2016 but this might be too big of a hill to climb.

Chicago Cubs at NY Mets -4pm MLBN: Two playoff teams from a year ago and by looks of it this year they’ll be back in the playoffs again. Hammel goes for the Cubs while deGrom goes for the Mets.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Calgary Stampeders – 7pm ESPN2: Both teams are coming off of embarrassing losses in week one but for completely different reasons. Both should make big strides this week.

Real Salt Lake vs DC United – 7:30pm UniMas: This is a solid match on paper. The X factor will be how DC United adjust to playing in ‘the fortress’, also known as Rio Tinto Stadium.

Saturday July 2nd

BikingTour de France – 3:30am NBCSN: Stage 1 of the 103rd Tour de France gets underway from Mont-Saint-Michel and ends at Utah Beach.

Germany vs Italy – Noon ESPN2: I am sure that there is some sort World War II joke here but we’ll just leave it at this…..

Apparently when you win a World Cup and embarrass Brazil in the process you can smell yourself during a match in France.

Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution – 2:30pm MLS.TV: The Revs can tie the Impact in point with a win but that is easier said than done when you have to travel to the great white north.

Nascar Coca-Cola 400 – 4:15pm NBC: Primetime racing from Daytona.

Sunday July 3rd

Tour de France – 5am NBCSN: Stage 2. No biggie, just one of the toughest races in all of sports.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – 9am ESPN: A New York Derby match for your holiday weekend. These teams are only separated by a point but the last time they got together at Yankee Stadium the Red Bulls piled on the goals in route to a 7-0 win. Expect things to be different this time.

France vs Iceland – Noon ESPN: Oh c’mon, you know you want to see the miracle run by a nation of less than 400k continue. Go Iceland!

What to Watch: Fri. 5/20 – Sun. 5/22

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 20th

Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Sidney Crosby and company look to go up 3-1 in the series. Should be easier since the Lighting’s have goaltender Ben Bishop and center Steven Stamkos out.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 7:15pm MLB.TV: The Cubs start their one and only regular season series in San Francisco tonight. Jake Arrieta goes for win number eight while the Giants have won their last eight.

Saturday May 21st

FA Cup Final – 9:30am FOX: Crystal Palace takes on Manchester United. Time to see if Louis Van Gaal gets some hardware before he leaves Old Trafford.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – Noon FOX: The NYC Derby with NYCFC leading the Eastern Division.

Preakness Stakes – 3:40pm NBC: Well let’s see if Nyquist can get 2/3 of the Triple Crown knocked out.

St Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks – 4:15pm NBC: There is blood in the water and the Sharks are taking full advantage. This is really a make-or-break kind of game for the Blues.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 5:30 ESPN: Will the Cavs lose a playoff game this postseason?

Sunday May 22nd

Amgen Tour of California – 1pm NBCSN: The final stage of this years race wraps up in Sacramento, CA.

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes – 4pm FS1: The California Classico wraps up Rivalry Week in MLS.

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm TNT: Pivotal game three.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Game 5,

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 5pm ESPN: Madison Bumgarner heads to the mound for the NL West leading Giants.

What To Watch: Fri. 5/13 – Sun. 5/15

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 13th

DC United vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm UNI MAS: These are separated by goal differential only. While that may not mean much in mid-May, add in the fact that this is a pretty decent rivalry and you have the makings of a solid game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning – 5pm NBCSN: The conference finals are finally here and both these teams are as hot as they get.

WadeToronto Raptors at Miami Heat – 5pm ESPN: Dwayne Wade and the Heat look to force a game seven back in Toronto on Sunday and prove that he and the Heat can win clutch playoff games without LeBron.

Saturday May 14th

Montreal Impact vs Philadelphia Union – 2pm MLS.TV: These two are, surprisingly, neck-and-neck in the East.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies – 5pm MLB.TV: The NL East leading Mets take on Nolan Arenado and the Rockies. Rockies pitching at home is terrible but they still have plenty of firepower in the lineup.

UFC 198 – 7pm PPV: Heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic in Brazil. Jacare vs Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua vs up and comer Corey Anderson. Oh yeah, Cyborg makes her UFC debut against Leslie Smith. Demian Maia vs Matt Brown headlines the undercard.

Sunday May 15th

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 12:30pm ABC: Game seven up north and the Air Canada Centre should be rocking.

Amgen Tour of California – 2pm NBCSN: Stage one of the biggest race in the USA. Peter Sagan returns to defend the race he won by a smidgen last year.

Portland Timbers vs NYCFC – 4:30pm FS1: Let’s see how Mix Diskerud and David Villa do in the toughest road environment in MLS where the forecast calls for rain. It’s the full Portland experience!

San Jose Sharks at St Louis Blues -5pm NBCSN: Game one of the Western Conference Final. Sharks might be the team to beat out of the remaining four.

St Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball and two of the better franchises in baseball.