The Sunday – Doin What You Do

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 7.2.2017

Nolan Being Nolan

There is a benefit to living in Denver, Colorado and being a baseball fan. That is that you get to watch Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado work. Or as we say in Denver, ‘Nolan being Nolan.’

 

Just A Little Taste

 

The Grab

Tim Tebow, who once threw touchdown passes, shows that he can catch baseballs.

 

Finishes

But how bout Jordan Spieth sinking this one from the bunker to win the Travelers Cup last weekend.

 

 

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The Sunday – Speechless. Just Speechless.

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.2.2016

That Just Happened!

Folks, if the rest of October is like this, we are in for a real treat. Within a 20 minute span, Michigan beat Wisonsin with an amazing one handed interception, UNC hit a 54 yard field goal to beat Florida State in Tallahasse, Jacob Eason throws a bomb to put Georgia up 31-28 only to have Josh Dobbs complete a Hail Mary to Juwan Jennings moments later to win the ballgame 34-31.

The INT

The Kick

Never Give Up!

The Rest 

Ouch…

While You Were Sleeping

For Your Sunday

I am Patrick Peterson and I can make catches.

Patrick Peterson

Here, let me help you….

This is why we can’t have nice things!

 

Passings

Two tragic passings last Sunday. Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident and Calgary Stampeders defensive back Mylan Hicks was killed in a night club shooting in Calgary. 

The Outpouring in Miami and around baseball has been moving to say the least. Nothing more moving than the Marlins first game after Fernandez passed. From the tribute on the mound…

To Dee Gordon’s lead off home run where he worn Fernandez’s helmet. It’s hard to hold back the tears.

Then there was the death of an icon, Arnold Palmer. He died late Sunday evening.

He was the King of Golf. The standard by which others will be measured. Not to mention that he has a drink named after him.

Take Down

This is what you get when you rush the field during the game and try shake Angel Pagan’s hand…..

takedown

Show Off

Sure, you can mock a pro golfer for missing a putt, just be ready to nail it yourself when they pull you out of the crowd.

How It Should Be

On Saturday the crowd broke into the national anthem. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed removed their hats and placed them over their hearts as they walked up the fairway. With all the talk and displays of protest going on, it’s nice to see respect paid in the middle of the golf course. Especially when you are representing your country.

 

Acting On The Data

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.1.2016

Dustin Johnson finally broke through in 2016. After years of finishing second or third he finally won a major and was the 2016 PGA of America Player of the Year.  It wasn’t a new coach or club but use of analytics that apparently made the difference.

dustin-johnsonAccording to an article by GeekWire.com, Johnson’s use of Trackman helped him improve his wedge game from 53rd to 4th among those on tour. That’s a huge jump and it was made because Johnson was exposed to the data and then acted upon it.

This is important not just for athletes but for everyone. Finding the data and analyzing it are steps one and two. But it is step three, what to do about it, is the step that most people screw up on. Johnson didn’t.

Johnson had been so close so many times in major tournaments that it would have been easy for him to pass it off as ‘bad luck’ or ‘it’s not your day’ but he didn’t. Being the competitor that he is, he worked at that part of his game to the point that it put him over the top and made him the 2016 PGA of America Player of the Year.

Golf is in the midst of a youth movement. Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth among others are all under 30. They have come up in a time of massive amounts of instant data ranging from the angle of their swing to information about their health. Acting on that data is proving to be the tipping point between winning a major and having a top 10 finish. That difference is a difference in millions of dollars.

The Sunday: Remembering the Noteworthy

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Hurting

Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car wreck last Saturday night in a car wreck. The outpouring of support has been tremendous but one stood out in particular. Kevin Sjuts Sports Director at KOLN/KGIN paid a moving tribute to Foltz last Sunday. It’s a moving tribute and credit to Sjuts for keeping it together.

3-3-5

A never before seen triple play.

Look Ma….

NFL training camps are open and Denver Broncos undrafted rookie wide receiver Jordan Taylor has one the first ‘Did you see that!?’ moment of the preseason.

Got it

Not to be out done, 2015 PGA Championship Winner Jason Day nailed a 74 ft put for birdie.

 

What to Watch: 7/29 – 7/31

All Times Are Pacific.

Friday July 29th

PGA Championship – 10am TNT: Interesting leaderboard and some big names may not make the cut at the last major of the year.

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets – 4pm MLB.TV: Don’t look now but the Rockies have some pitching behind them. Tyler Chatwood heads to the hill to slow down the Mets who sit six games out of first in the NL East.

Calgary StampedersBC Lions at Calgary Stampeders – 7pm ESPN2: A good ole fashion western Canadian rivalry.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants – 7:15pm MLB.TV: Max Scherzer vs Jeff Samardzija. Not bad for two first place teams.

Saturday July 30th

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLBN: Big series for the top spot in the AL East.

PGA Championship – 11am CBS: The guys in contention tee off and coverage runs until 4pm PST.

NYCFC vs Colorado Rapids – Noon MLS.TV: The Rapids have more points than NYCFC but they sit in second and NYCFC sits a top the East. Interesting match up for a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday July 31st

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLB.TV: Rubber match of this series and a solid pitching matchup.

PGA Championship – 11am CBS: Final round action.

Philadelphia Union vs Real Salt Lake – 4pm MLS.TV: The Union are in a dog fight in the Eastern conference and RSL is in the same position out west.

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.

The Sunday: Shirtless, Floods and Staying Loose.

No Shirt No Worries

The Cleveland Cavaliers are your NBA Champions. How do they celebrate? By going straight from Oakland, CA to Las Vegas, NV. Somewhere in Las Vegas JR Smith took off his shirt….he put it back on about two days later.

 

While the Golden State Warriors had the best regular season record of all time and held a 3-1 series lead against the Cavs, it would have been understood if they just went back to their locker room and sulked. They didn’t. Draymond Green paid respect LeBron after the game.

 

FLOOD

The PGA Tour cancelled an upcoming tournament after torrential rain flooded parts of the state killing 24 people.

 

Angry

The San Francisco Giants left fielder Angel Pagan let a home run get away…the only run of the game in a 1-0 Pittsburgh Pirates win over the San Francisco Giants. It was in his glove as he leapt onto the fence only to have it fall out of his glove.

 

I am Lionel Messi and You’re Not.

From 25 yards out…a thing of beauty.

Despite Messi’s goal and the three other goals that Argentina piled on, the US Men’s National Team didn’t have as bad of a night as Fox did.  From audio issues to incorrect graphics. It was a pretty horrible night for Fox Sports.

 

But How Bout This

 

Don’t Turn Around

Coastal Carolina has made it all the way to the College World Series final against Arizona. Once has to believe that their ability to stay loose has something to do with it.

 

Fighting On The Track

The Sunday: Hope And Bad Nature

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Hail Sager

It’s nice to see big corporations work things out so that someone like Craig Sager, who is battling acute myeloid leukemia, can work his first ever NBA Final. He was given a standing ovation by the Cleveland crowd and every interview he did was a real treat.

Catch Ball. Drink Beer

Sometimes you just gotta catch a foul ball in your beer and pound it down.

Club Drop

Lee Westwood is in the thick of it at the 116th US Open. Part of the reason is because he holed out from the fairway for an eagle at 14.

Textbook

It’s called the ‘beautiful game’ for a reason. While it very much has an ugly side to it, sometimes it truly is beautiful as Spain showed us on Friday.

Clearing

ESPN had to clear their EURO 2016 set this week after labor protests escalated in Paris. No one from the broadcast crew was injured but it’s still one more thing to worry about on a day when a police officer and his partner were murdered and there was still the worry of hooliganism by fans.

 Dr West

While the Washington Redskins may not be changing their name anytime soon they did do something noteworthy this week. They hired Dr. Robin West to be the teams director of sports medicine and in the process making her only the second lead lead orthopedic surgeon in the NFL.

What to Watch: Fri. 6/17 – Sun. 6/19

All times are Pacific.

Friday June 17th

ZlatanItaly vs Sweden – 6am ESPN: Sweden drew vs Ireland in their first game so they really, really need three points here. Can Zlatan get some good shots against the tough Italian defense?

US Open – 7am FS1 / 2pm FOX: Second round of the US Open from Oakmont. Time to see if Jordan Speith can repeat or if Dustin Johnson will hold on this year.

ArrietaPittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 11:22am MLB.TV: Two teams who are planning on competing against each other in October. Bonus: Jake Arrieta is scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs. He was also in the mound when the Cubs beat the Pirates in the Wild Card game last year.

Detroit Tigers at KC Royals – 5pm MLB.TV: These two are neck-and-neck in the AL Central. In fact there is only a game separating them in the standings.

Peru vs Columbia – 5pm FS1: We are into the quarterfinals of Copa America.

UFC Fight Night – 7:30pm FS1: Some good stand up fights on this one. Cowboy Cerrone vs Patrick Cote and the headline fight of Rory MacDonald vs Stephen Thompson.

Saturday June 18th

Belgium vs Ireland – 6am ESPN: Both need three points in this one if they have any hopes of advancing.

US Open – 8am FOX: Third round coverage of the US Open from Oakmont.

Toronto FC vs LA Galaxy – 4:30pm MLS LIVE: Some of the big stars for both clubs will not be there but it’s still a big game none the less.

Mexico vs Chile – 5pm FX: This should be a good one. Mexico has looked real strong to this point in the tournament.

Sunday June 19th

F1 European Grand Prix – 5am NBCSN: Cause sometimes you need to see how the F1 drivers do on a new track….in Azerbaijan.

US Open – 8am FOX: Final round of the 116th US Open.

Switzerland vs France – Noon ESPN: France has locked up a trip to the next round but the Swiss haven’t. The Swiss need a huge effort here to advance.

NY Red Bulls vs Seattle Sounders – 4:30pm FS1: Some big names will be missing for the Sounders but a draw or three points here would be huge for them.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – 5pm ABC: Game seven. Nuff said.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball from Wrigley Field? Yes please!

What To Watch: Fri. 6/3 – Sun. 6/5

All times are Pacific.

Friday June 3rd

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners -5pm MLB.TV: The top two teams in the AL West go at it in the Emerald City. Bonus: Yu Darvish takes the mound for the Rangers.

San Francisco Giants at St Louis Cardinals – 5pm MLB.TV: Johnny Cueto vs Adam Wainwright. The Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is on a terror. He has raised his batting average from around .270 to above .300.

USAUSA vs Colombia – 6:30pm FS1: Copa America kicks off and the US has got their hands full. Lots of questions will have to be answered if the US is to get out of the group. Will the US find a reliable goal scorer? Will they go back to Tim Howard in goal or continue to rotate goalies? Lots of questions indeed.

Saturday June 4th

The Memorial Round Three – Noon CBS: It’s the final tuneup before the US Open. Every big name is there and pretty much in contention.

KC Royals at Cleveland Indians – 4:15pm FOX: Cleveland is only a game and a half back of the defending World Series Champs.

Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks – 5pm NBC: Sharks are down in the series 2-0 ut are back on home ice. Time to see if Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are going to go quietly into the night or fight back and give the Sharks are chance to make this a respectable series.

UFC 199 – 7pm PPV: Lots of big names in this one like Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber and Dan Henderson along with a couple of titles on the line.

Sunday June 5th

The Memorial Round Four – 11:30am CBS: Final round action.

Mexico vs Uruguay – 5pm FS1: Nice match for a Sunday evening.

San Francisco Giants at St Louis Cardinals – 5pm ESPN: The Giants pitcher Jake Peavy is coming off of his best start in a while. Can he repeat it?

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – 5pm ABC: It was everyone but the Splash Brothers scoring in game one for the Warriors. Now it is time for LeBron and company to steal one out West to even things up.