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 Scary To Celebration

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.16.2017

The Scary

We live in a world with scary moments. Borussia Dortmund had an explosions near their bus that put one player in the hospital. It happened on the way to their Champions League match against Monaco on Tuesday.

In a moment that made SF Giants fans and the MLB brass gasp in horror was when Giants catcher Buster Posey took a 94 mph fastball to the head. He’s on the concussion DL and will hopefully be back behind the plate soon.

The Good

Despite bombs and getting hit in the head with a 90+ mph fastball, there is some good in the world and it was reflected in two different spring games on Saturday. First at Ohio State.

And then at Nebraska.

 

 

Why We Love Baseball

Cat Climbs A Wall.

Snarfing the Phanatics wheels.

 

WOW

 

Legend

UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson cemented his place in the record books as he tied Anderson Silva for the most title defenses in a row with 10. He is a bad man and the nicest guy you’ll ever want to meet.

 

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.

NBC Comes Around

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.4.2017

NBC Sports announced last week that the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea will be not be taped delayed. That’s right, you can watch curling live on the East Coast and the West Coast at the same time. Of course primetime television in America means that it’s early morning and the next day in South Korea which is 14 hours ahead of New York, so take it with a grain of salt. The bigger question is, what took them so long?

It’s pretty sad that we have to be excited about the Olympics being live on the East Coast and West Coast simultaneously. It is 2017 after all. According to Jim Bell, President of NBC Olympics Production and Programming, That means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything. This is exciting news for the audience, the advertisers, and our affiliates alike.”

This is almost comical. A publicly traded company (NBC is owned by Comcast) is actually pointing out that ‘none of our viewers will have to wait for anything’ in a press release in the age of Netflix, Amazon Prime and content on demand on just about every device under the sun.

So what took so long?

Look, it’s TV folks brought up in a TV world. NBC and it’s parent company Comcast make their money with cable subscriptions and ad revenue which means that they will do whatever they can to protect this. In this case a decline in viewership and increase in ‘cord cutters’ means that they have to cave and finally give the audience what it wants which is the Olympics live from coast to coast.

It’s also a fact that NBC wouldn’t be doing this if social media didn’t let everyone know the results of events that were being tape delayed in Rio. This mistake, which resulted in a 17% decline between the Rio games and the London games, shouldn’t have been a surprise but it apparently was to NBC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It’s pretty mind blowing that NBC didn’t see that coming.

Will the Olympics being live in America be a major deal? It shouldn’t but it’s pretty much a guarantee that NBC will advertise the bejesus out of the fact. But in all seriousness, the Olympics will be in 2018 and they are just now being shown live coast to coast?  I guess it’s NBC’s way of making America great again.

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

Diary of a Cord Cutter: March Madness Opens The Doors For OTT

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.27.2017


March Madness Live was for several years the pinnacle of giving customers what they want. Then they powers that be got greedy. Those powers being CBS and TBS Sports who will spend a combined $19.6 billion to broadcast the NCAA Tournament through 2032decided that a good user experience was just wrong. So they looked backward through the looking glass and forced people to sign in to their cable or satellite provider to watch games online. It wasn’t always like this but the move is a huge opportunity for OTT providers.

When March Madness was first streamed online, for free and without a cable or satellite subscription, it blew the doors off all of the predictions. People asked for it for years and when they finally got it, they responded in spades.

Over the last few years, i.e. since signing this massive deal, CBS and TBS Sports now allow you 3 hours of live streaming until you are forced to sign in with your cable or satellite subscription which of course more and more people do not have. You are allowed to watch the game that is on CBS broadcast channel (which they did stream for free without having to sign in unlike some other NBC does with Sunday Night Football) if you are a cord cutter but you miss out on the games on TBS, TNT and TrueTV.

This is music to the ears of OTT providers like Sling TV, PlaystationVUE and DirecTV Now. All of which offer TBS, TNT and TrueTV with prices ranging from  $25 to $35. A cord cutter could literally sign up for a month, spend $25 and watch all of the games without every having to go to the March Madness streaming website or app. Bonus, they can watch these channels anywhere they want too.

PlaystationVUE was advertising heavily on the March Madness streaming site. They even sponsored the ‘Boss Button’. So while they paid for advertising, they probably got a lot more people to sign up to their service taking people away from March Madness Live.

While these may not sound cheap options they are certainly cheaper than the typical cable and satellite subscription that CBS and TBS Sports are pushing you to.

This was an event cornered by March Madness Live and the logic must have been that since CBS and TBS Sports spent so much on the broadcasting rights that they felt compelled to push people back to a place where their margins are better. This in the end is short sighted thinking and shows that CBS and TBS Sports are not concerned about the end user in the slightest.

And it’s not like CBS and TBS Sports are not making their money on March Madness Live. They have plastered the sites with enough ad’s to make a Nascar fan dizzy and force you to watch a commercial every time you switched games. March Madness Live went from one of the best user experiences to one of the worst in matter of a few years.

It doesn’t matter now if March Madness Live changes its ways and reverts back to when all of the games where free. They have already lost and the OTT providers are coming on hard and welcoming users with open arms.  It is sad to see such a good thing shoot itself in the front due to backwards thinking but on the other hand, there are better options out there.

The Sunday – The Shots of March

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.26.2017

Shots

Sidney Crosby shows why he is one of the best players in his generation.

And so does LeBron James.

And oh is it pretty….

….when you include all of USMNT goals. All 6 of them.

 

The Madness Continues

Half of the Final Four is set with the other half being set today but Florida and Wisconsin reminded us why we love and hate this time of year.

Xavier may have lost a chance to go to the Final Four but this end of the half buzzer beater by J.P. Marcura is something to see. Even if it didn’t count.

What?

Devin Booker dropped 70 points on the Boston Celtics this past week. 70!

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 – Let The Madness Begin

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 3.12.2017

Powering Through The Madness

How bout the Michigan men’s basketball team. First their plane slides off the runway. They fly out the next morning and arrived a few hours before their game against Illinois. They only have their practice gear and the band borrows other folks instruments. Bottom line, they win the game 75-55. Not bad gentlemen. Not bad at all.

The Wolverines went on to win the Big Ten tournament and grab themselves a spot in the Big Dance.

Impressive

He’s Kawhi Leonard and you’re not. So when you’re this good what happens? You get drug testing immediately after the game.

 

Steph Curry Moment Of The Week