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.

 

 

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The Sunday – Breaking Droughts and Driving Carts

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.6.2016

CUBS WIN

 

But for a minute there, LeBron had the reaction of the night when the Indians tied it up.

 

Stay Classy 

Yes. That is what you think it is in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Someone did throw a sex toy onto the field. How did that get through security in Buffalo anyway?

NFL Ratings are down in part because of stupid rules like this….

And this is a penalty.

Well, at least the Indians and Cavs are really good because Browns fans lack coordination.

And Wade Phillips gets leveled. He was taken off the field and off to a local hospital. He’s fine.

 

Halloween

I’m not Paul Pierce. I’m Rick James.

Write in candidate courtesy of SF Giants right fielder Hunter Pence.

 

Why You Watch Basketball

Not in my house!

Oh My

Lot of talk…or no talking at all between Russell Westbrook and his former teammate Kevin Durant. They squared off this past week in Oakland and KD made his statement by doing this to the OKC point guard.

 

Saturday Selects

Zach Cunningham is a bad man. He is single handedly trying to get Vandy bowl eligible.

Marshawn Lynch reenacted his drive around the field with a cart. Now there is a bobblehead to commemorate the event.

 

The Sunday -Cubs Win But China Knows How to Celebrate

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.23.2016

No Fun League

The NFL may be called  the ‘No Fun League’ but others pick up the slack like the Chinese Arena Football League. That’s right, the Chinese Arena Football League.

 

Golden Tate and Odell Beckham Jr are doing their best to keep great celebrations in the NFL.

And Patrick Peterson is trying to take it to the next level.

The Luddite

Bill Belichick doesn’t care for the Microsoft Surface tablets seen on the sidelines of NFL games.

Solid Cut

Cut finger on a drone during your off day? That’s ok, you can still pitch a few innings.

No Mic No Problem

Flipping

 

Never Forget Where You Came From

Winning your first WNBA title…..you thank one of the greatest coaches in basketball history the late Pat Summitt. Candace Parker, you are the best.

The Big Hit

Let’s be honest, the best interceptions are in the Big Ten….

Washington State’s Mike Leach claimed that Arizona State is stealing signals. There is nothing illegal about it but Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham let Leach know that he didn’t appreciate it after losing to the Cougars Saturday night.

DUDE!

The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. First time since 1945. They will play the Cleveland Indians who have not won a World Series since 1948. Well, someone has to win this one.

What’s great about the Cubs going to the World Series? This lady!

What To Watch: Fri. 7/1 -Sun. 7/3

All times are Pacific.

Friday July 1st

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLB.tv: The Tribe have been on fire. So much so that they are the hottest team in baseball. Jays are tough at home and it is Canada Day.

Wales vs Belgium – Noon ESPN2: Wales is still trucking in the Euro 2016 but this might be too big of a hill to climb.

Chicago Cubs at NY Mets -4pm MLBN: Two playoff teams from a year ago and by looks of it this year they’ll be back in the playoffs again. Hammel goes for the Cubs while deGrom goes for the Mets.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Calgary Stampeders – 7pm ESPN2: Both teams are coming off of embarrassing losses in week one but for completely different reasons. Both should make big strides this week.

Real Salt Lake vs DC United – 7:30pm UniMas: This is a solid match on paper. The X factor will be how DC United adjust to playing in ‘the fortress’, also known as Rio Tinto Stadium.

Saturday July 2nd

BikingTour de France – 3:30am NBCSN: Stage 1 of the 103rd Tour de France gets underway from Mont-Saint-Michel and ends at Utah Beach.

Germany vs Italy – Noon ESPN2: I am sure that there is some sort World War II joke here but we’ll just leave it at this…..

Apparently when you win a World Cup and embarrass Brazil in the process you can smell yourself during a match in France.

Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution – 2:30pm MLS.TV: The Revs can tie the Impact in point with a win but that is easier said than done when you have to travel to the great white north.

Nascar Coca-Cola 400 – 4:15pm NBC: Primetime racing from Daytona.

Sunday July 3rd

Tour de France – 5am NBCSN: Stage 2. No biggie, just one of the toughest races in all of sports.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – 9am ESPN: A New York Derby match for your holiday weekend. These teams are only separated by a point but the last time they got together at Yankee Stadium the Red Bulls piled on the goals in route to a 7-0 win. Expect things to be different this time.

France vs Iceland – Noon ESPN: Oh c’mon, you know you want to see the miracle run by a nation of less than 400k continue. Go Iceland!

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. 5/20 – Sun. 5/22

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 20th

Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Sidney Crosby and company look to go up 3-1 in the series. Should be easier since the Lighting’s have goaltender Ben Bishop and center Steven Stamkos out.

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 7:15pm MLB.TV: The Cubs start their one and only regular season series in San Francisco tonight. Jake Arrieta goes for win number eight while the Giants have won their last eight.

Saturday May 21st

FA Cup Final – 9:30am FOX: Crystal Palace takes on Manchester United. Time to see if Louis Van Gaal gets some hardware before he leaves Old Trafford.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – Noon FOX: The NYC Derby with NYCFC leading the Eastern Division.

Preakness Stakes – 3:40pm NBC: Well let’s see if Nyquist can get 2/3 of the Triple Crown knocked out.

St Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks – 4:15pm NBC: There is blood in the water and the Sharks are taking full advantage. This is really a make-or-break kind of game for the Blues.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors – 5:30 ESPN: Will the Cavs lose a playoff game this postseason?

Sunday May 22nd

Amgen Tour of California – 1pm NBCSN: The final stage of this years race wraps up in Sacramento, CA.

LA Galaxy vs San Jose Earthquakes – 4pm FS1: The California Classico wraps up Rivalry Week in MLS.

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm TNT: Pivotal game three.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning: 5pm NBCSN: Game 5,

Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants – 5pm ESPN: Madison Bumgarner heads to the mound for the NL West leading Giants.

What To Watch: Fri. 5/6 – Sun. 5/8

All times are Pacific.


Friday May 6th

harperWashington Nationals at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLB.TV: A great pitching match-up (Scherzer vs Lackey) and some of the best young talent in the game on display. Names you know like Harper, Werth, Rizzo and Bryant.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders – 4pm NBCSN: Game four and Tampa leads two games to one. Islanders need this one or else they are really putting their backs to against the wall.

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder – 6:30pm ESPN: Series is tied at one apiece and heads to OKC where the Thunder have to win both games if they want a chance to move on to the next round.

Saturday May 7th

St Louis Blues at Dallas Stars – 10am NBC: Game five with the series tied. We head back to the Lone Star State for what is now a best of three series.

Kentucky Derby – 3:40pm (ish) NBC: A year after American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, the Derby celebrates its 142nd ‘Run for the Roses.’ So break out the seersucker suits and big hats. It’s Derby Time!

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals – 4:15pm NBC: The Pens have got the Presidents Trophy winning Caps on the ropes. Caps should come out swinging in this one to force the series back to Pittsburgh for a game six.

LillardGolden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers – 5:30pm ABC: The Warriors head to Rip City with a 2-0 lead in the series and it looks like they will be without Steph Curry for one more game. Can Damian Lillard and company pull one out and give themselves a chance?

Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake – 6pm MLS LIVE: These two are tied atop of the Western Conference. Who saw that coming  back in February?

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 7pm NBCSN: Game five in the Shark Tank.

Sunday May 8th

Washington Nationals at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLB.TV: It’s the final game of this four game series and the Cubbies send 6-0 Jake Arrieta to the hill to face Bryce Harper and company.

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning – Noon NBC: The series moves back to Florida for game five.

LA Galaxy vs New England Revolution – 12:30pm ESPN: The Revs are starting to put it together but the Galaxy seem to be a step ahead. Should be a good one in LA.

San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm TNT: The pivotal game four is here. Durant, Westbrook, Duncan, Leonard,etc.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees – 5pm ESPN: It’s the Red Sox at the Yankees to cap off your Sunday night….again.

Digital Dugout

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Normally Major League Baseball (MLB) is the last sports league to adopt change much less technological change when it involves the game itself. Tradition is very important to the gatekeepers of baseball which is why a partnership with Apple to allow iPads in the dugout during games is all the more shocking. This change is a quantum leap in a lot regards and puts MLB in front of the other major sports when it comes to using technology during a game.

Apple’s iPad Pro and an app called Dugout will allow each team to access their own proprietary data during a game. This is includes video if the player or coach so desires. Now think about this for a second, the NFL and their much ballyhooed deal with Microsoft to allow Surface tablets on the sidelines only allow pictures and even those are limited. Meanwhile, the old school MLB is going to allow actual video and hopes to get to a point where it’s real time sometime in the near future.

The handoff  is going to be key. As Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon pointed out, until you have AI moving at the speed of thought there is going to be limit to the technology. The anticipation, preparation, etc will eventually come but Maddon makes the same point that Bill Gates made years ago which is that the computer needs to be as easy as a piece of paper.

There must have been some hesitation in the offices of general managers and mangers across the league when this idea was initially floated. Why? Well there is always the old school fear that the other team will ‘steal your signals’ but the most recent technological example is when the Houston Astros were ‘hacked’ by the St Louis Cardinals.

Regardless of the past, come Opening Day players and coaches can ditch the binders (if they want) and grab the iPad to access information. A massive leap indeed for MLB and a move that will have other leagues monitoring the move closely.

 

 

What to Watch – Thurs. 9/24 – Sun. 9/27

All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 24th

Cincinnati at Memphis – 4:30pm ESPN: These two rank #6 & #7 in scoring offense. Shootout imminent.

 

Friday September 25th

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLBN: Two teams destined for an NL Wild Card showdown in about 10 days.

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros – 5pm ESPN2: These two are fighting for supremacy in the AL West with only about a week to go.

Stanford at Oregon State – 7:30pm FS1: Stanford has to regroup on a short week after beating USC in LA. Tall order.

 

Saturday September 26th

Tottenham vs Manchester City – 4:40am NBCSN:  Manchester City sits atop the Premier League table but Spurs can give them all kinds of problems.

BYU at Michigan – 9am ABC: BYU is just the funnest team to watch this college football season. They will give Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines all they want.

Georgia Tech at Duke – 9am ESPN2: Georgia Tech looks to rebound after a tough loss to Notre Dame. Duke, underrated as usual.

Tennessee at Florida – 12:30pm CBS: Tennessee thinks they are on the verge of “being back.” They haven’t beaten Florida since 2004 but only lost by one point last year. ESPN’s Chris Low gives us a look back at how important this game use to be. 

UCLA vs BYU 2015

UCLA at Arizona -5pm ABC: Gameday is there, Arizona’s linebacker Scooby Wright is trying to come back from knee surgery and UCLA lost Mr Everything Myles Jack this week to a knee injury. Big, big matchup in the desert and one that could decide who is going to win the Pac 12 South.

 

Utah at Oregon – 5:30pm FOX: Utah is a tough team and Oregon has shown some chinks in the armour and Vernon Adams isn’t 100%. Upset alert.

 

Sunday September 27th

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys – 10am FOX: Battle of 2-0 teams but the Cowboys have lost a lot of talent.

Pittsburgh Steelers at St Louis Rams -1pm CBS: Rams have one solid defense and they are even better at home. Big Ben is in for a long day.

Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders – 2pm ESPN: Two teams fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs – 5pm ESPN: Getaway game of this very important series.

Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions -5:30pm NBC: Detroit has had a tough go of it early on but Denver’s offense has yet to find the explosiveness that they have been know for the last few years.

 

What to Watch Fri. 8/28 – Sun. 8/30

All times are Pacific.

REMOTE-contrastFriday August 28th

Toronto Argonauts at Edmonton Eskimos – 6pm ESPN2: 6-2 Argos at the 5-3 Eskimos. Big question will be if the Eskimos can rebound from last weeks loss at home to the Ti-Cats.

Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers – 7pm MLB.tv (or MLB Network): Dodgers lead the West and the Cubs are sitting pretty in one of the Wild Card slots in the National League.

 

Saturday August 29th

Tottenham vs Everton – 9:30am NBC: The Spurs Harry Kane looks to slip a couple of goals past US National team keeper Tim Howard.

North Dakota State at Montana – 12:30pm ESPN: North Dakota State has won the last four FCS titles (and they have a legit playoff structure too) but Montana is breaking in a new coach names Bob Stitt who is a bit of a cult hero among the offensive football crowd. Should be fun.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact – 1pm MLS LIVE: Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, Didier Drogba, Nigel Reo-Coker….yeah there is a lot of talent on this field.

Arena Bowl XXVIII – 4pm ESPN: San Jose Sabercats vs Jacksonville Sharks play in Arena Bowl XXVIII (28). You won’t recognize a lot of the names but rest assured these guys play hard.

 

Sunday August 30th

St Louis Cardinals at SF Giants – 1pm MLB.TV: Giants are in the middle of one of the toughest runs in baseball history. The Cards meanwhile are holding on to the lead in the very competitive  NL Central.

Seattle Sounders vs Portland Timbers – 1:30pm ESPN: We said it before and we’ll say it again, it is the best rivalry in MLS.

NY Red Bulls vs DC United – 4pm FS1: A nice way to cap off rivalry weekend.

Chicago Cubs at LA Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Getaway game of two playoff teams.