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.

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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.

 

 

What To Watch: Fri. 4/15 – Sun. 4/17

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 15th

TOEWSChicago Blackhawks at St Louis Blues – 5pm NBCSN: If this series turns out to be like the one they played a few years ago then we are in for a treat. So far it has with the Blues winning game 1 in OT.

 

 

Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros – 5pm MLB.TV: Two teams who fully expect to be in the post season. The Astros have taken their lumps here at the start of the season but they send last years AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel to the hill.

SF Giants at LA Dodgers – 7pm MLBN: The pitching match-up alone is why you should watch this one as Madison Bumgarner goes against Clayton Kershaw.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The last playoff series to get started and it may be the best of the bunch.

 

Saturday April 16th

Chelsea vs Manchester City – 9:30am NBC: In past seasons this would be a game that would decide the Premier League title. Not this year but it’s still a fun game to watch.

NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – Noon NBC: Pens are up 1-0 and the Rangers may be without goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors – 12:30pm ABC: Well those 73 wins the Warriors had during the regular season officially mean nothing.Now the title defense truly begins and it starts with a very dangerous Rockets team.

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals – 4pm CNBC: Game 2 and the Flyers have to find a way to kick it into gear.

San Jose Sharks at LA Kings – 7:30pm NBCSN: Not only is it game 2 but it is still NorCal vs SoCal.

 

Sunday April 17th

St Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks – Noon NBC: Game 3.

LeBron JamesDetroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers – Noon ABC: It’s time for King James to start another quest to bring a title to Northern Ohio. New coach may make a difference and a healthy Kyrie Irving will make a big difference.

Orlando City vs New England Revolution – 12:30pm ESPN: These two are separated by a single point and City is making the Citrus Bowl a very tough place for their opponents.

FC Dallas vs Sporting KC – 4pm FS1: FC Dallas is riding high after drubbing the defending MLS Cup champs at mid week. Meanwhile SKC has to rebound from a surprising loss at home to Colorado. Very interesting indeed.

SF Giants at LA Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball at Chavez Ravine. Two franchises that have a very genuine hatred of each other.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs – 5pm TNT: The Spurs might be the only team able to beat the Warriors but they have to take care of business first by beating a scrappy Grizzlies team.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The late game to end your weekend the right way.

Portland Trail Blazers at LA Clippers – 7:30pm TNT: Rip City heads to Lob City and this should be a very close series.

What to Watch: Fri. 3/11 – Sun. 3/13

All times are Pacific.

Friday March 11th

Baylor vs Kansas – 4pm ESPN2: The Big 12 tournament kicks into high gear.

Philadelphia Flyers at Tampa Bay Lightning – 4:30pm NHL.TV: Flyers are agonizingly close to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference while the Lightning are battling it out for one of the top seeds.

Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls – 5pm NBA.TV: The Heat lead the Southeastern division while the Bulls have fallen off a bit but are still a dangerous group.

DUCKS V BLUESAnaheim Ducks at St Louis Blues – 5pm NHL.TV: The Ducks have been come down to Earth after winning something like 10 in a row. Both are playoff bound. Expect some excellent hockey in this one.


Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars – 5:30pm NHLN:
These two are tied for the top spot in the Western Conference and on top of the Central. Both are two of the top teams in the entire league.

Oklahoma vs West Virginia – 6pm ESPN2: OU may have the Big 12 player of the year (Buddy Hield) and swept the season series but pay no mind to that. Bob Huggins will have his team ready to play and they are still a top 10 team mind you.

Arizona vs Oregon – 6pm PAC12: Oregon is trying to lock up a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament but Arizona needs a win to improve their seeding too.

Portland Trailblazers at Golden State Warriors – 7:30pm NBA League Pass: You want to watch this one just to see what Steph Curry and Damian Lillard are going to do to one up each other.

 

Saturday March 12th

NY Islanders at Boston Bruins – 10am NHL.TV: A little morning hockey with two playoff bound teams.

New England Revolution vs DC United – Noon MLS.TV: These two were at the top of the Eastern Conference standings last season. Good early season matchup.

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 4pm NBA League Pass: Talk about tough back-to-back road games for the Heat. First Chicago and then up to the Great White North. That’s just mean.

Sporting KC vs Vancouver Whitecaps – 5:30pm MLS.TV: SKC looks to lay out the unwelcome mat for the Caps. Both should be a force in the Western Conference again.

Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30pm ABC: Probably the only two teams who have a legit chance of knocking off the Warriors when it comes playoff time. Durant, Duncan, Westbrook, Parker and of course the media mogul Poppovich.

BLUES V STARS FIGHTSt Louis Blues at Dallas Stars – 6pm NHLN: Both are looking to unseat the Blackhawks in the Central and claim the top spot. They should both be pretty sick and tired of each other by this point of the season. Sprinkle in the back side of back-to-back games and it could get nasty out there.

Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks – 7:30pm NHL.TV: The Caps look to close out the brutal west coast road trip with a win in the shark tank.

 

Sunday March 13th

LUNDQVISTPittsburgh Penguins at NY Rangers – 9:30am NBC: Sidney Crosby and the Pens look to give themselves some breathing room when it comes to the playoff race. The Rangers are strong and will be strong once Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash return.

Cleveland Cavaliers at LA Clippers – 12:30pm ABC: Enough talent on display to make you stop you Sunday yard work and camp out in front of the TV.

NYCFC vs Toronto FC – 2pm ESPN2: Lot of star power on display and hopefully that means goals a plenty.

NCAA Selection Show – 2:30pm CBS: Who is in and who is out. Let the second phase of March Madness begin!

What To Watch: Fri. 3/4 – Sun. 3/6

All times are Pacific.

Friday March 4th

NY Rangers at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHLN: One of the best scoring teams in the league (Caps) go against one of the best defensive teams in the league (Rangers).

LillardPortland Trail Blazers at Toronto Raptors – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: Portland is coming on strong led by Damian Lillard but Toronto on a Friday night is very tough place to play.

 

Saturday March 5th

Tottenham vs Arsenal – 4:45am NBCSN: Great rivalry and it means a lot to who plays European soccer next year.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund – 9am FX: Last minute addition by FOX. Now people can watch probably the best matchup of the Bundesliga this season. Oh, Bayern has stumbled as of late too.

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche – 12pm NHL.TV: These two are in a battle for the two wild card slots in the Western Conference.

Anaheim Ducks at LA Kings – 1pm NHL.TV: These two are neck and neck in the Pacific division…oh and they hate each other.

Iowa State at Kansas – 1pm ESPN: Kansas already has the Big 12 sown up but this one is all about seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

UNC at Duke – 3pm ESPN: Heck the last one they played came down to the last shot. This one should too.

Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins – 4pm NHLN: These two could meet in the first round of the playoffs as it stands right now.

Louisville at Virginia – 5:30pm ESPN: The Cards aren’t going to the NCAA Tournament due to a self imposed suspension so they are looking to trip up UVA on their way to a high seed.

UFC 196 – 7pm PPV: Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz and Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate. Good fights made even better by the fact none of these people really like each other.

 

Atlanta Hawks at LA Clippers – 7:30pm NBA League Pass: Forget for a second that both these teams are very, very good and think about Steve Ballmer dunking.

 

Sunday March 6th

Kobalt 400 – 12:30pm FOX: NASCAR heads to Las Vegas which is always a fun race to watch.

Timbers MLS CupPortland Timbers vs Columbus Crew -1:30pm ESPN: First game of the year and it is a rematch of 2015 MLS Cup. You can only imagine how much the Crew want to return the favor to the Timbers. Expect them to come out hard and fast and try to snag an early goal.

Maryland at Indiana – 1:30pm CBS: Indiana has a share of the Big Ten title and look to wrap up the whole enchilada.

NY Islanders at NY Rangers – 2pm NHL.TV: These two are within striking distance of each other and a win here could have dramatic consequences come playoff time.

Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders – 4pm FS1:  Two of the better teams in MLS over the last few years and both have gone through some serious player overhauls. We’ll see what happens.

LA Galaxy vs DC United – 7pm UNIMAS: The Galaxy have some big superstars like Keene, Gerrard and Cole. But DC United is has some outstanding talent as well.

St Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild – 5pm NBCSN: The Wild are fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot and the Blues have struggled a little lately. They need to turn it around to keep their spot.

What To Watch: Fri. 2/26 – Sun. 2/28

All times are Pacific.

Friday February 26th

Minnesota Wild at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHL.TV: The Caps are the top team in the NHL and the Wild are fighting for a playoff spot. And what is a Friday night without Ovi?

Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers – 4pm NBA League Pass: This one will go a long way in determining if and where the Hornets are in the playoff picture.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: LeBron and company head north to take on DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors.

 

Saturday February 27th

Oklahoma at Texas – 11am CBS: When isn’t an OU vs Texas game fun?

Louisville at Miami – 11am ESPN3: Somehow a major ACC and top 15 match up made it’s way to ESPN3. Strange.

Arizona at Utah – 11am ESPN: The Wildcats are coming off a tough loss in Colorado and now have to face the Utes. Tall order.

St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators – Noon NHL.TV: Divisional battle between two teams looking to improve their playoff position.

NY Rangers at Dallas Stars – 1pm NHLN: Inter-conference battle that features one team that is second in the NHL in goals per game (Dallas) and one that is 12th in goals against (NY).

Maryland at Purdue – 1pm ESPN: Big matchup in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers loss by 11 in Maryland a few weeks ago but things should be different and Mackey Arena will be rocking.

UFC Fight Night – 1pm UFC Fight Pass: Anderson Silva vs Michael Bisping live from London. Too bad this fight didn’t happen three or four years ago.

UNC at Virginia – 3:30pm ESPN: The Tar Heels head north to Charlottesville to take on UVA in a top 10 matchup and massive NCAA Tournament implications.

Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche – 5pm NBC: It’s not the most ideal conditions for an outdoor game, in fact it should be a balmy 60 degrees when the puck drops. Probably not what the NHL was hoping for when they scheduled this one.

DurantGolden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5:30 ABC: The Splash Brothers invade the house that Durant and Westbrook built. Rumors are swirling that Durant will join the Warriors in the off season but it’s a long time between now and then. This is going to be a stellar game.

 

Sunday February 28th

Manchester United vs Arsenal – 6am NBCSN: So Man U isn’t the team they once were…this is still a helluva soccer game.

Washington Capitals at Chicago Blackhawks – 9:30am: Dude….what an awesome game for a Sunday…or any day for that matter.

Iowa at Ohio State – 1pm CBS: Come for the basketball and stay to see why Iowa is going to make a lot of noise in the tournament.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins – 3pm NBCSN: These two are neck and neck in the Atlantic division.

Paul George DunkPortland Trailblazers at Indiana Pacers – 3pm NBA League Pass: Portland is a long way from home but a Damian Lillard vs Paul George matchup is too good to pass up.

 

 

LA Kings at Anaheim Ducks – 6pm NBCSN: The Ducks have really turned it around and are only two points back of the Kings for the top spot in the Pacific.

What To Watch: Fri. 2/12 – Sun. 2/14

All times are Pacific.

Friday February 12th

FSV Mainz vs Schalke FC – 12:30pm FS1: Three points separate these two clubs in the Bundesliga.

LA Kings at NY Rangers – 4pm NHLN: These two played for the Stanley Cup a few seasons ago and both are at the top or near the top of their respective divisions.

St Louis Blues at Florida Panthers – 4:30pm NHL.TV: East meets West….well Western Conference. Two are even in points but the Blues are in third in the Central while the Panthers lead the Atlantic.

UCLA at Arizona – 6pm ESPN: Cause why not a little PAC-12 basketball for your Friday night?

 

Saturday February 13th

Kentucky at South Carolina – 9am ESPN: Kentucky isn’t the dominant force they were last year and South Carolina is much improved.

Xavier at Butler – 11:30am FOX: This game has all the makings of being a barn burner. Conference game with a ranked team on the road in a hostile environment.

Kansas at Oklahoma – 11:30am ESPN: Top ten, conference matchup. Oh and the last time they played it went into three OT’s.

Virginia at Duke -1:30pm ESPN: Duke is in the middle of just a nightmarish stretch but UVA has a tendency to not show up in games like this.

Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers – 4pm NHL.TV: Preds are on the second half of a tough back-to-back stretch. First at Tampa Bay then at Florida.

Steph CurryNBA Skills Competition – 5pm TNT: Three-point and slam dunk contest. Steph Curry said he will participate in the three-point shootout.

Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks – 5:30pm NHLN: The Ducks got off to a rough start but are clawing their way back into the playoff picture. The Blackhawks still lead the Western Conference by a couple of points.

 

Sunday February 14th

Arsenal vs Leicester City – 4am NBCSN: Just an amazing story with Leicester City. Can they keep it going at the Emirates?

Manchester City vs Tottenham – 8:15am NBCSN: Spurs sit a point ahead of City and in second place. City looks to recover from a convincing loss to Leicester City last weekend.

Indiana at Michigan State – 10am CBS: Good Ole Fashion Big Ten basketball.

Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings – 12:30pm NBC: An Original Six matchup. Always worth watching.

USC at Arizona – 5pm FS1: Top 25 matchup in the PAC-12.

NBA All Star Game – 5:30pm TNT: If you’re into this sort of thing.

What To Watch Fri. 12/4 – Sun. 12/6

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 4th

Bowling Green vs Northern Illinois – 5pm ESPN2: Sixth straight year Northern Illinois has been in the MAC title game and for the past three they have matched up against Bowling Green. Two years ago Bowling Green upset the heavily favored Huskies. This is always a fun game to watch.

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks – 7pm NHL Gamecenter: Nor Cal vs So Cal as the Sharks head to Anaheim.

Oregon at UNLV – 8pm ESPN2: The #15 Ducks head to Sin City to take on the 6-1 Rebels.

 

Saturday December 5th

Temple at Houston – 9am ABC: The AAC Championship game. Two really good teams whose head coaches became hot commodities.

Southern Miss at Western Kentucky – 9am ESPN2: The Conference USA title game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at LA Kings – 1pm NHL Gamecenter: Sid and the Pens go to LA to take on the Pacific leading Kings.

Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings – 4pm NHLN: Both teams have 30 points and don’t meet that often.

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors – 2pm NBA League Pass: The Warriors are still undefeated but the Raptors are first in the Atlantic.

SDSU PumphreyAir Force at San Diego State – 4:30pm ESPN2:  Mountain West title game and features the best name in College Football, Air Force’s defensive back Weston Steelhammer. If that kid isn’t a General someday then there is something wrong with the Air Force promotion system.

 

USC vs Stanford – 4:45pm ESPN: Stanford has a slim shot of getting into the College Football Playoff but more importantly Stanford beat USC earlier this year 41-31. You know USC wants payback.

Michigan State vs Iowa -5pm FOX: Winner is the Big 10 champ, goes to the College Football Playoff and this game will have Gus Johnson doing the play-by-play. Boom!

North Carolina vs Clemson – 5pm ABC: UNC gets no respect. All they have done is win 11 games in a row and made it to the ACC title game. Well Clemson has won 12 and they site of UNC’s only loss? Charlotte where this game is played.

 

Sunday December 6th

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – 10am FOX: The Vikings are the pleasant surprise of the NFL season while the Seahawks looks to stay in the playoff hunt.

MLS Cup – Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers: 1pm ESPN: Couldn’t ask for two better teams to battle it out for the Cup. The Crew are looking for their second Cup in franchise history while the Timbers are looking for their first. If the Timber win it, Portland may riot. Seriously.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – 1:25pm FOX: Yeah the Panthers are undefeated and the Saints can’t stop anybody, they are still division rivals and it’s in the Superdome.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks – 5pm NHLN: The Pens wrap up their Southern California trip with a visit to the Pond.

Vanderbilt at Baylor – 5pm ESPNU: A top 25 match up on a Sunday? Cool!

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers – 5:30pm NBC: The Colts are on to their second string quarterback while the Steelers may or may not have Big Ben. Either way it’s a big game in the AFC.

What To Watch Thurs. 11/26 – Sun. 11/29

All times are Pacific.


Thursday November 26th

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions – 9:30am FOX: Well, we’d like a better matchup but hey, it’s what we got.

Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys – 1:30pm CBS: The Cowboys have Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back so this could actually be a good game.

Texas Tech at Texas – 4:30pm FS1: Texas has to win out to be bowl eligible and that’s a big deal for a young team. Texas Tech is good but beatable.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 5:30pm NBC: Awaken from the food coma in time to see if they Packers can win back-to-back games or if the Bears will finally put it together.

 

Friday November 27th

NY Rangers at Boston Bruins – 10am NBC: Ice, skates, rivals. Not a bad way to start Black Friday.

Keenan ReynoldsNavy at Houston – 9am ABC: Winner gets to represent the West in the American Atheletic Conference championship. Also get a chance to see the NCAA all time leader in touchdowns in Navy’s Keenan Reynolds.

Marshall at Western Kentucky – 9am FS1: Last year the final score was 67-66. Just sayin.

Washington State at Washington -12:30pm FOX: The Apple Cup is the most underrated rivalry in college football. Always a solid game.

Armstrong JRIowa at Nebraska – 12:30pm ABC: Nebraska is a lot better than there 5-6 record indicates. Iowa is undefeated and looking for a spot in the College Football Playoff. This rivalry will get a lot more heated after this game.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks – 2pm NBCSN: Both teams are better than their record indicates and still a whole bunch of talent on the ice.

Baylor at TCU – 4:30pm ESPN: It doesn’t really matter what quarterback plays for Baylor but it does for TCU. Points a plenty in this one.

Miami Heat at NY Knicks – 4:30pm NBA.TV: The Kicks aren’t bad this season but the Heat may be a little bit better.

 

Saturday November 28th

Ohio State at Michigan – 9am ABC: Our first taste of Meyer vs Harbaugh. Add in Ohio State having to put a tough loss behind them and this should be one heck of a ball game.

Louisville at Kentucky – 9am SECN: Kentucky is one win away from bowl eligibility and their cross state rivals would love nothing more than to keep that from happening.

UCLA at USC – 12:30pm ABC/ESPN2: Battle of LA and for the Pac-12 South.

Penn State at Michigan State -12:30pm ESPN: Michigan State controls it’s own destiny when it comes to winning the Big 10 Eastern division.

Wisconsin at Minnesota – 12:30pm BTN: Dude, it’s the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe! It also gives us a chance to show this video from 2003.

Ole Miss at Mississippi State – 4:15pm ESPN2: The Egg Bowl and if Alabama loses, a chance for Ole Miss to grab the SEC West crown.

Notre Dame at Stanford -4:30pm FOX: Huge game for the Irish against a very, very good Stanford team.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State – 5pm ABC: Bedlam is here. Winner probably has a legit shot at the College Football Playoff.

 

Sunday November 29th

NY Giants at Washington Redskins – 10am FOX: The winner controls first place in the NFC East.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks – 1:25pm CBS: Steelers have been able to keep it together and succeed despite a rash of injuries. The Seahawks looked like the Seahawks for once this season last week. Good luck hearing the play call Pittsburgh.

FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers – 2pm ESPN: 2nd leg and Dallas got an all important road goal in leg one. They did lose 3-1 however which should put the Timbers in the drivers seat.

103rd Grey Cup – 3pm ESPN2: Live from Winnipeg with Fall Out Boy as the halftime entertainment. Oh its the Edmonton Eskimos vs Ottawa RedBlacks.

NY Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew – 4:30pm FS1: The Crew won first the first leg 2-0. NYRB has it’s work cut out for them if they want to advance to MLS Cup.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – 5:30pm NBC: The best offense in football goes against the best defense. More or less. Broncos start Brock Osweiler for a second straight week.

The Sunday: From Nice To Sweet

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

How Nice It Is

This will probably be the only time we will say the following, ‘what an amazing goal by Steve Cronin.’ This was a thing of beauty.

Not to be outdone, look at the pass from Jose Villareal to Gyasi Zardes.

 

 Ah, Man!

Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Uribe hit a two-run shot off of SF Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. It’s not the home run but the reaction by Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey that makes this priceless.

damn it

 

Sweet Home Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks finished off the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night to go to their third Stanley Cup since 2010 (they have won the two previous appearances). Two impressive things about this; first, they won the final two games to take the series and second, tickets for the final are going for upwards of $1750 on the secondary market.