The Sunday – Goodbyes and Celebrations

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.1.2017

Goodbyes

Matt Cain announced that he will retire this week. It’s odd to talk about ‘retiring’ when they are only 33 years old but Cain did pitch 13 years with the San Francisco Giants, win three World Series, and throw a perfect game. Cain didn’t finish his career with a winning record but he was incredibly important to the Giants organization. He was the rock they relied on as they built themselves into a three time world champion. He will always be a Giant and he will be missed.

We lost a coach this weekend. Former Purdue and Wyoming head coach Joe Tiller passed away at the tender age of 74.

Barkley v Love

Let’s face it, the Heisman Trophy is coming down to two people; Penn State’s Saqoun Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love. Below is a little taste as to why.

Celebrations & Analysis

While much gets made about the celebrations in football, you have to tip your hat to the Yankees for this one.

No one will ever question Addison Russell’s heart. He knocked over a St Louis Cardinals fan nachos….and then brought him a replacement.

And possibly the best description ever….

 

 

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The Sunday – Games

Compiled By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.24.2017

The Games

The NFL games on Sunday are being overshadowed by the reactions of players, teams and owners to President Trump’s comments. Some players kneeled, other locked arms and some didn’t come out for the national anthem at all. All this can be discussed other places besides this blog.

What’d I’d like to focus on are games. The last second wins, the amazing catches and horrifically bad officiating that everyone can agree on were just bad.

Tom Brady: The Old Guy Who Can Through Dimes.

This is a 15 yard penalty…..really?

Oh just a little chip shot for the win…

How bout this for your first NFL catch?

Least we forget about Pierre Garcon’s catch from Thursday.

But still, OBJ will do OBJ things.

Then the Bears do Bears things.

 

Save And Fail

MLS is coming down the home stretch and still give us some amazing moments week in and week out.

Mr Rimando…..Sir!

Dude

But nothing may beat DC United’s Patrick Mullins scoring 4 goals…..in 31 minutes.

 

Giveth and Taketh

And the squirrel.

 

Yep

‘All of Nothing’ Drives Home Ruthlessness of NFL

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 7.8.2017

The second season of Amazon’s ‘All of Nothing’ series starts off with Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher informing the team that he was fired.  From here the show takes you through the ins and outs of the Rams 2016 season and finishing off with the hiring of a new coach and the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s a long journey and one that NFL Films tells very well.

The Rams 2016 season was teed up pretty well for the producers of ‘All or Nothing’. You had the move from St. Louis, the trade to get quarterback Jared Goff with the #1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, young stars like running back Todd Gurley and defensive tackle Aaron Donald and a schedule that saw them log more miles than anyone during the 2016 season. Add in the unexpected firing of the head coach and you have enough material to fully flesh out 8 hour long episodes.

This series is not HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’. In fact ‘All or Nothing’ doesn’t even touch on training camp. It dives right into the season and does a pretty good job of avoiding the typical NFL game camera angles while it’s at it. There are solid shots from the sidelines and great sound from the coaches throughout the season. From their homes, to the meeting rooms to the sidelines.

One aspect of this show that was very interesting goes back to something that former Notre Dame head coach and ESPN analyst Lou Holtz once pointed out and that is when a coach is fired it’s not just him who is effected. It’s the assistants and their families too. ‘All or Nothing’ does a great job of driving that home. How the families deal with the never ending moves from city to city. For example, offensive coordinator Rob Boras ended up as the tight ends coach for the Buffalo Bills shortly after being let go by the Rams following the season. So in under a year he had moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles to Buffalo while his family was still in St. Louis. It gives you a great look at how much of grind an NFL season can be not just for the players but on the coaches.

This season of ‘All or Nothing’ is compelling and could be compelling for someone who isn’t the biggest football fan. It shows how difficult and ruthless this game can be on the players, the coaches and the families and how everything can change in an instant. It’s story telling at high level and worth checking out.

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….

Some Solid Picks In The 2017 NFL Draft

By Brad Hubbard  | @bradhubbard | 5.1.2017

Another NFL draft has come and gone with it it’s usual predictions and interesting predicaments. While no one can predict the future, NFL teams and television analysts sure like to think they can. There are always there share of booms and busts and usually no remembers how wrong the scouts, general managers and TV analysts were. He is my take on some of the steals and or solid picks in the 2017 draft.

You probably weren’t around for pick #206 but it was solid. The LA Rams selected Virginia Tech fullback Sam Rogers. First, fullbacks are a dying breed in football which makes them all the more valuable but more importantly this guy was a walk-on at Virginia Tech and earned a scholarship after just one week of practice. One week! He contributed all four years so that should tell you something about his character and work ethic. While he may never be an NFL star, the Rams sure aren’t going to have to worry about desire to play.

Zach Cunningham played in the SEC. Why didn’t you hear about him that much? Because that SEC school was Vanderbilt. Cunningham, in my opinion, was one of the best inside linebackers in the draft if not the best. He single handedly beat lead Vandy to an upset win over Georgia in Athens after stuffing Georgia’s top running back on a 4th and short. That was just one of his 125 tackles on the season which led the SEC.

A guy who didn’t get drafted but will probably make the Carolina Panthers due to his hard nosed style is former Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. He’s not big enough or fast enough but like Cunningham, he just makes plays. Not to mention that he does his homework and can sniff out plays before they happen. This was evident in the National Championship game against Alabama.

Some wide receivers to watch include Cal’s Chad Hansen and North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer. Neither will impress you with their size or speed but both just have a knack for making the tough catches and finding the endzone.

Running backs, how about the three out of the Mountain West. First, Donnel Pumphrey from San Diego State who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. While his size put some teams off, he is also the FBS All Time Leading Rusher with 6,405 yards to his name.

Pumphrey wasn’t the only Mountain West back taken. Wyoming’s Brian Hill and Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols both came off the board in the fifth round. Hill is Wyoming’s all time leading rusher (a feat he accomplished in less than three full seasons) and McNichols scored 26 touchdowns in 2015 (20 rushing and 4 receiving) not to mention the 138 yards a game he averaged on the ground last year.

While NFL teams can talk themselves into anything (see the Chicago Bears and the #2 pick in the draft), they eventually do the right thing. Forget the combine numbers and the all that jazz and go back and look at the players tape. You’ll see that the eight guys mentioned here stood out week in and week out. I’ll roll the dice with these guys every week.

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 – Super Things

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.12.2017

Super Bowl

Well if you were an Atlanta Falcons fan you were loving the first half. And if you were a New England Patriots fan you were loving the last 10 minutes. Ok loving might be the wrong word, having a mild heart attack might be more appropriate. And Somewhere in the middle Lady Gaga showed up and did a lot of jumping.

21-3 Falcons at Halftime.

So it must have been Lady Gaga’s halftime performance because the Patriots would rattle off 31 unanswered points to win their fifth Super Bowl. Mean tweets and Facebook posts about the Patriots and Tom Brady ceased after that this and this catch by Julian Edleman.

Sorry Julian but it was Julio Jones who had the catch of the night.

In the end, revenge is a dish best served cold.

Now after seeing this and the College Football National Title game, the fact is that something has to be done about the amount of press on the field. Players, coaches, etc can’t even get to each other to embrace because of the amount of cameras shoved in their face.

 

Being Who You Are

We’ll start with Lebron being Lebron.

Then Blake being Blake

Why is there talk of Chicharito getting a ‘Beckham-like’ deal with MLS? Because he does things like this…..

 

The Record Breaking

Yes the New England Patriots broke a record with the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history but that wasn’t the only record broken this week. The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green became the first player in NBA history to record a triple double without scoring in double figures.

 

New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist became the 12th goalie in NHL history to hit 400 wins. He did it Saturday night in front of his home town crowd in New York.

 

4 OT

We had our first, and usually only, four overtime game in college basketball last weekend. Alabama topped South Carolina 90-86. Then a few days later Wyoming topped Fresno State in a four overtime classic 102-100. And if that wasn’t enough, Wafford outlasted Samford 131-127. Here’s to a good night sleep.

 

New York State Of Chaos

If the New York Knicks weren’t in the world’s largest media market these things might not get this level of attention. But they did.

It’s a long a sordid story with multiple points of view and opinions. Essentially you probably need the NYPD to come in and get the whole story. That being said, the results are the results. Charles Oakley will not be attending anymore Knicks games, the head of security is in the unemployment line and Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson are still having a twitter war.

Chip’s Revenge

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.9.2017

Arguably the best coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick, may have inadvertently pulled a page out of his friend Chip Kelly’s book to win Super Bowl 51. Belichick’s team didn’t run a no-huddle, up tempo style however the amount of plays they ran and dominate time of possession had to of put a smile on Kelly’s face as the New England Patriots went on to win their fifth NFL title.

 

KELLYKelly may have been fired from two NFL head coaching jobs in under a year but some of his philosophies are grounded in truth. If your team has the ball then the other teams offensive isn’t on the field. If you run more plays than your opponent then odds are that in the 4th quarter that defense will be tired. Both proved true during the Patriots win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Patriots ran 93 offensive plays to the high powered Falcons 42 and dominated the time of possession. They had the football for over 40 minutes while the Falcons had it for just a little over 23. While Kelly’s teams would normally reflect the the Falcons time of possession, the Patriots were able to adapt Kelly’s philosophy on their way to victory.

Super Bowl 51 TOPAt one point Fox play-by-play announcer Joe Buck pointed out that the Falcons offense had not been on the field in over an hour (that included the extended halftime). You add that up and it’s no wonder the Falcons defense seemed powerless to stop the Patriots offense in the last quarter plus of the game.

While you can point to several factors as to why the Patriots defeated the Falcons for their fifth title, you cannot deny that time of possession and the amount of offensive plays that the Patriots ran was a major factor in the outcome. It’s one that Kelly would be right to be proud of.

The Sunday – Hype

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 2.4.2017

Kiffin Being Kiffin

Mr Excitement, AKA Lane Kiffin, is back running a football program. To fire up the FAU Owls fanbase, they did a video….it was bad.

It was later taken down by the FAU twitter account and then it was later revealed that the whole video was meant to be a joke and done so poorly so as to generate buzz. Ok?

Just Showing Off

 

KO’s

Martin is there to protect the young stars and sometimes that means taking a mean right hand.

And the Korean Zombie returns.

HI Tom!

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

The Sunday – Long and Gone

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 1.15.2017

Best But Long

Clemson did what seemingly no other team in College Football could do and that’s beat Alabama. It took everything they had in a game that last over 4 hours. Which raises the question, are the games too long? CBSsports.com’s Jon Solomon makes a compelling argument with the stats to back it up.

Take That You Filthy Owners!

The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles. Some fans in San Diego are not taking it well.

As far as the analysis of this is concerned, I will default to fieldofschemes.com. Either way, LA gets another team that didn’t get close to making the playoffs. Some how sports team owners feel that cities and counties owe them and should pay for a stadium where they then get all the revenue. Apparently they are wrong.

 

ooohhh!!!!

 

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

First try…

Curry then proceeded to go 8-11 from the floor in the first half against the Detroit Pistons on the Warriors way to a 127-107 victory.