The Sunday – Legacy

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 6.11.2017


The Series

There were people out there who thought that a Pittsburgh v Nashville Stanley Cup Final would be a ratings downer. Wrong. Apparently ratings are up and pretty substantially.

The Final has not been without it’s controversy. The fact is that even if the Pittsburgh wins this series which is likely, will it tarnish Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? Nashville’s P.K. Subban has clearly gotten under the skin of his Team Canada teammate and also that of Malkin.

Crosby is one of the few NHL players that transcends the sport. Is it good for hockey if he is doing what he did above? Yes Subban can get under your skin. That’s part of his game as one of the better defensemen in the league but Crosby and Malkin need to rise above. Not only for themselves but also for their team and for the league.

Bye Bye Big Game Bob

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops stepped down abruptly this week at the ripe old age of 56. He over course will stay on at OU as ‘special assistant to the Athletic Director’ meaning he gets paid to go do some fund raising.

He has 190 wins (most in Oklahoma history) and one national title (2000). He was nicknamed ‘Big Game Bob’ for his ability to win big games early in his 18 year career as head coach at Oklahoma. It was a nickname that some mocked later on going 0-3 in National Title games after winning his first and only title. Oklahoma did have 4 Heisman Trophy winners during his time as head coach and nine former assistants have gone on to become head coaches.

 

What?

LeBron showing why he is The King.

This is just mean…

…and so is this.

Moment of the Week

Let’s face it, the only thing missing from this picture is Gisele.

 

Beat The Freeze

Not sure when or why the Atlanta Braves started this but it’s amazing….

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The Sunday – Right Back At Ya

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.21.2017

Ouch

Some days you think, ‘man, that guy doesn’t deserve all that money to be a pitcher.’ Then other days you see the hazards of being on.

 

Well Done

And now it’s time to take a look at the best of MLS this past Saturday.

 

 

 

Goals

It turned out to be the game winner for the Nashville Predators. And all it took was a dive from a kid.

While this was impressive, it may not have been as impressive as the Tennessee Titans slamming tallboys during a previous game in Nashville.

 

Respect

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell died this past week from an apparent suicide. The Seattle Mariners honored the Seattle native during their game Thursday night with a moment of silence and a playlist featuring Cornell’s music.

 

The Sunday – Grabs and Grace

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.14.2017


Glove Work

 

Base Running

Here is this week’s example of bad base running.

And now your example of good base running.

 

Two Words

Backside Trailer.

 

World Class

His name…is Kaka.

 

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week ft. Kevin Durant.

Down 20+ in the 3rd quarter? That’s nothin.

The Sunday – Anthems, Comebacks and the Unexpected

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.7.2017

The Stanley Cup Playoffs

One could make the argument that the toughest trophy to win in all of sports is the Stanley Cup. If you don’t believe that, then tune in to the games going on now and watch the skill, hits, and passion. Below are some highlights from this past week.

Hell Ya Canada!

The Winner

3-0. No Problem

When It’s Pretty

Cubs Being Cubs

Expect the unexpected when you are a Cubs fan.

 

 

The Sunday – Hops, Breaks and Trolls

Compile by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.30.2017

Baseball….It’s More Than You Think

Craziest Double Play Ever?

 

Ouch

Nashville predators winger Kevin Fiala went crashing into the boards in game 1 of their second round matchup against the St Louis Blues. Other than the broken left femur he is otherwise in good shape.

 

The Draft

Every spring NFL gather around the television to not watch an NFL game. It’s an event in and of itself with usually some memorable moments.

The Ultimate Trolling Moment

The WTF Moment

Neat

The Sunday – Best Tackle Ever

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.23.2017

Sign The Bunny Up

Let’s face it, you won’t see a better tackle than this all year long. Someone is going to sign the Easter Bunny to an NFL contract.

Trolling

What’s better than sweeping your rival in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Having the mascot troll all the people who didn’t pick you to win.

 

Wow!

Darlington Nagbe is up to his old awesome goal scoring tricks again.

And Charlie Blackmon showing you that hustle really does pay off.

Ouch

The Sunday – From Saves to Singing

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.9.2017

Savoring the Saves

The NHL season wraps up today and here are some last minute contenders for Save of the Year.

The Quick-ness by Jonathan Quick.

The Robbery…

Nothing but stick….

Madison the Destroyer

An MLB first, a pitcher hits not one but two home runs on opening day. Bad news, he didn’t even get the win as the SF Giants bullpen blew the game.

 

Skimming And Scoring

 

Steph Curry Moment Of The Week

And Carpool Karaoke. Yes folks he can do it all.

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

Change In Reverse

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.4.2017

There has been an unspoken movement for years at all levels of sports. The movement is how to appeal to younger fans. They are trying everything from new technology to changing the rules of the game and yet they are no closer closer to solving their dilema. But they can in one swift move, lower ticket prices.

Taking less money seems like, on the surface at least, counter intuitive, but it isn’t. It may be the only way live sporting events can help reverse the tide of fans choosing to stay home and watch the game on TV vs shlepping their way to the stadium.

When you look at the costs of going to a live sporting event, it can get out of hand pretty quickly. From the tickets to the transportation to the food and drink. And for what? A chance to see your local team get faded by a superior team and then fight the traffic to get home?

If teams lower ticket prices they will increase demand even if it is artificial. The fact is that since 2008 people have become more aware of the financial relevance in the world. Spending hard earned money on something like a Tuesday night baseball game isn’t going to cut it. Now if the ticket price was a ‘reasonable’ level then that might be enough to sway the marginal fan. Once there, they will spend the money on food, booze, and merchandise. The teams will make up the revenue on the lower ticket price very, very quickly.

Look at it  this way, its about volume and not about financial level. Sports teams and organizations have this mentality that lowering the price for admission is somehow diminishing the product somehow. It’s not and never has been.

Lowering the cost of admission does one thing, puts butts in seats and to be completely honest, it’s a safe bet that the margins on alcohol sales are a heck of a lot better than that of a seat at the game.

Make no mistake, while all of this talk and execution of virtual reality, target digital marketing, etc is important it in the end is not going to turn the tide. Economics will turn the tide. Economics state that if demand falls then the price of the goood or service cannot sustain current levels. Let’s also not pretend that the owners of these teams and organizations are hurting for money either.

 

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.