The Sunday – Putting It Aside

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 8.27.2017

Weekend

It was suppose to be a big weekend for sports. There was the return of college football,MLB pennate races, MLS rivalry week and of course the ‘biggest fight ever’. This all of course has ended up being eclipsed by Hurricane Harvey which has put the Houston area underwater.

The remnants of the storm have put sporting events up in the air as teams, schools and games figure out what to do next. Rice’s football team returns from Sydney, Australia is in question. The team was beaten up by  #14 ranked Stanford 62-7 on Saturday night. They are due to land in Los Angeles on Monday and from there they will have to make a decision on what to do next.

Rice is among a couple of schools and games that have their first week up in the air.

The Houston Texans will be practicing in Dallas for the week. They changed their travel plans after their game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night. After the game on Thursday in Dallas, it’s up in the air on what the Texans will do next.

The Houston Astros are also heading to Dallas after their series against the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. Whether or not they will play the Texas Rangers this week in Houston is up in the air.

Baseball Rules

Things got ugly on Thursday after what essentially relates to ‘baseball rules’. The rule goes, you hit our main guy, we hit your main guy. Sometimes it goes off without a hitch. Other times it turns into this.

 

Oh So Pretty

The Ultimate Catch

The best catch of the year may not be in the major leagues but in the Little League World Series.

Spectacle

Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor by TKO in the 10th round. It wasn’t really a surprise unless you really thought that an MMA fighter was going to beat the best boxer of all time in a boxing match.

Despite all the hype from those in the combat sports realm, the event was far from a sellout. According to the LA Times, T-Mobile arena was 6,000 people short of a sellout. 

 

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What to Watch: Fri. 7/15 – Sun. 7/17

All times are Pacific.

Friday July 15th 

The British Open – 1am Golf Channel: Lefty got off to a hot start shooting a 63 to put him -8. Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed are tied for second but only three strokes back. Don’t worry, coverage goes until 1pm.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees – 4pm MLBN: Baseball is back from the break and there is no better to start it off but by having the Red Sox vs the Yankees from Yankee Stadium.

Hamilton Tiger Cats at Montreal Alouettes – 4:30pm ESPN3: Remember how the Al’s had a bunch of quarterbacks in camp? We’ll they are already starting their backup, Rakeem Cato.

Saturday July 16th 

The British Open – 4am NBC: Third round from Royal Toon in Scotland.

Tour de France – 5am NBCSN: It’s a 208km run with a couple of climbs. Lets’ see if Chris Froome ditches the bike and just runs it.

Texas Rangers at Chicago Cubs – 11:20am MLBN: This could legitimately be a World Series Preview. Yu Darvish takes the mound for the Rangers against Jason Hammel for the Cubs.

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers – 4pm FS1: The defending World Series champion Royals are seven games back of the division leading Cleveland Indians. They are only a half game back of the Tigers which makes this series hugely important.

Sunday 17th

The British Open – 4am NBC: Final round of the 145th Open.

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders – Noon FOX: While both are not where they’d thought they’d be at this point in the season, it is still the best rivalry in MLS. The Sounders will be without Clint Dempsey in a game where they have to get at least a point.

Montreal Impact vs NYCFC – 2pm ESPN: Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard square off for the first time in MLS. The once Chelsea teammates are now battling for position in the eastern conference. NYCFC is in the lead due in small part because of Lampard’s recent form. They sit four points in front of the Impact.

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees – 5pm ESPN: The rubber match and it’s David Price vs Masahiro Tanaka.

What To Watch: Fri. 4/8 – Sun. 4/10

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 8th

Jason DayThe Masters Second Round – Noon ESPN: You can stream coverage all day long on Masters.com. But serious question, Jason Day was the odds on favorite coming in with the way he was playing. He is still in contention but had a triple bogey on 16. Meanwhile last years champ Jordan Spieth leads at -6.

Philadelphia Union vs Orlando City – 4pm UniMas: These are two are two of the early leaders in the Eastern Conference.

Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks – 5:30pm NBA.TV: Both are jockeying for playoff position as the season comes down to the wire.

 

Saturday April 9th

Detroit Red Wings at NY Rangers – 9:30am  NHL.TV: Red Wings are trying to lock up a playoff spot while the Rangers are trying to improve their seeding.

GirouxPittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers – Noon NBC: The Flyers are battling the Bruins and Red Wings for the last playoff slot. Every goal matters and the Flyers lost in OT to the Leafs…at home. How does that happen. Philly does control their own destiny though.

The Masters Third Round – Noon CBS: It’s now over to the guys you are use to hearing. You can stream coverage all day long on Masters.com.

LA Dodgers at SF Giants – 1pm FS1: Clayton Kershaw heads to the mound for the Dodgers while the Giants counter with Madison Bumgarner.

Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: The Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors at home….the highlight zone shouldn’t be a problem.

North Dakota vs Quinnipiac – 5pm ESPN2: The college hockey National Championship is on the line. Best of all, we get Barry Melrose as the color commentator.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls – 5:30pm ABC: Bulls still trying to slide into the playoffs.

Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids- 6:30pm MLS LIVE: Rocky Mountain Cup and two teams how are playing very well this early season.

 

Sunday April 10th

FC Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund -6:30am FS1: Dortmund are only a few point behind FC Bayern Munich but time is running out and Schalke is a tough opponent.

Tottenham vs Manchester United – 8am NBCSN: Man U sits a point behind Manchester City for the fourth spot in the Premier League. Why is that important? It means Champions League football next season.

The Masters Final Round – 11am CBS: It’s the final round at America’s greatest golf course.

NY Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers – 4pm NBCSN: Last day of the regular season and the last chance for the Flyers to wrap up that final seed in the Eastern Conference.

Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs – 4pm NBA.TV: A lot of starters may be resting but it is still the two best teams in the NBA.

NY Yankees at Detroit Tigers -5pm ESPN: Two teams who plan to be in the pennant race well into September. Justin Verlander vs Mashahiro Tanaka.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers – 6:30pm FS1: The new look Galaxy look a little like the old look Galaxy which means that they are on three points out of the top spot in the West. The Timbers need to put a horrific game against Orlando City behind them and fast.

Put A Roof On It

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Opening Day 2016 in Major League Baseball (MLB) was not without it’s weather events. Two games were postponed and another one was delayed. There would have been three postponements if it wasn’t for the Milwaukee Brewers having the forethought to build a stadium with a retractable roof. If there were so many postponement and delays, why don’t more baseball stadiums have roofs?

brewers VS giantsIt was coming down in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today. It looked like it was coming down sideways there for a while. Inside Miller Park though the players were in short sleeves as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3. There was no such luck in Cleveland, Ohio or in the Bronx where the New York Yankees Wild Card rematch against the Houston Astros was postponed due to inclement weather. For whatever reason, Yankee Stadium and Progressive Field in Cleveland do not have retractable roofs.

Why?

It was more or less an tradition thing although the Indians could make the argument that the technology wasn’t in place when they built their ballpark back in the early 90’s. But why don’t the Yankees have one? Their stadium opened in 2009. Where they unconvinced about global warming? Where they thinking that it was going to be warmer in October or think that thunderstorms were not going to happen during the summer?

In 2012 Hurricane Sandy battered a good portion of the Northeastern United States. The very outer bands were making their presence felt in Game 4 of the World Series in Detroit, Michigan where the aforementioned Giants were in the midst of sweeping the Detroit Tigers. What if the Giants didn’t win that game? Hurricane Sandy would have delayed the World Series at least a few days. With a retractable roof, the game would have been played the next day.

What if the World Series was in New York or Boston or Philadelphia that year? We’re talking postponements of a week or more.

It’s not just a matter of comfort but of economics. How much does it cost to postpone a game? How cumbersome is it for the fans? Will that effect future games they may come to? Wouldn’t a retractable roof provide more comfort for fans and hence have them attend more games?

The fact is that humans cannot control the weather. They can control what it effects though. While there are very few plans to build any new baseball stadiums any time soon, when they do build the next generation of stadiums, they should consider a retractable roof. For economics sake.

What To Watch Fri. 5/8 -Sun. 5/10

All times are Pacific.

REMOTE-contrast

Friday May 8th

KC Royals at Detroit Tigers – 4pm MLB.TV: Yordano Ventura vs David Price. For those of you who don’t know, this is a solid pitching matchup. It’s also a matchup of two playoff teams from a year ago.

Washington Capitals at NY Rangers – 4pm NBCSN: Caps look to close out the NHL’s best team from the regular season.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls – 5pm ESPN: Game 3 in Chicago with the series tied. Can LeBron James and company steal a game or two in the Madhouse without Kevin Love?

 

Saturday May 9th

Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens – 4pm NBCSN: The Habs look to stave off elimination for one more game. You can bet the Bell Centre in Montreal will be rocking.

Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies – 5pm ABC: Game 3 in Memphis with the series tied 1-1. Two awesome teams and the newly minted NBA MVP (Warriors Stephen Curry).

FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy – 5:30pm MLS LIVE: LA is only three points behind the division leading Hoops. A fun night in Frisco, Texas should be forthcoming.

 

 

Sunday May 10th

F1 Grand Prix of Spain – 4:30am NBCSN: It’s a little early but always a good race to watch.

Chelsea vs Liverpool – 7:30am NBCSN: One of the last times you’ll see Steven Gerrard in a Liverpool jersey.

NY Red Bulls vs NYCFC – 4pm FS1: It’s the rivalry that MLS has told us about for years. Will it live up to the hype?

NY Rangers at Washington Capitals – 4pm NBCSN: Game 6 in DC. The Caps try again to close out the Rangers. Maybe they won’t have a goal disallowed this time.

Houston Rockets at LA Clippers -5:30pm TNT: Game 4 at the Staples Center. Maybe we will see the following from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer again.

 

What to Watch Fri. 10/3 – Sun. 10/5

All times are PST

Friday October 3rd

SF Giants at Washington Nationals – Noon FS1: Nats are the favorites but do not overlook the Giants who won the World Series in 2010 & 2012. It’s 2014. See a pattern?

St Louis Cardinals at LA Dodgers – 3:30pm FS1: Probably the best pitching match up of the post seasons with Adam Wainwright going for the Cards and Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers.

Louisville at Syracuse – 4pm ESPN: Seems odd to call this an ACC match up but it is.

Sporting KC at DC United – 5:30pm NBCSN: SKC looks to gain ground on the east leading United.

Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders – 7pm ESPN3: Some West Coast CFL action for ya. Drew Tate starts again at QB for the Stamps but make no mistake, this is RB Jon Cornish’s show.

Saturday October 4th

Texas A&M at Mississippi St – 9am ESPN: The SEC West is a meat grinder and this game could go a long way in deciding who will win it.

Alabama at Ole Miss – 12:30pm CBS: Is Ole Miss for real?

Stanford at Notre Dame – 12:30pm NBC: Last time this game was played in South Bend Stanford got robbed and ND went on to play for a National Championship.

LSU at Auburn – 4pm ESPN: LSU is starting a true freshman QB on the road. This could get interesting.

Memphis at Cincinnati – 4pm CBS Sports Network: This game could either be a blowout or really close.

Nebraska at Michigan St – 5pm ABC: Can the Children of the Corn’s  Ameer Abdullah breakthrough against Sparty?

Toronto FC at LA Galaxy – 7:30pm MLS LIVE: TFC is still in the playoff hunt but they need points against the buzz-saw that is the Galaxy.

California at Washington St – 7:30pm PAC12 Network: The over on this game is around 75 points. They should hit that by halftime.

 Sunday October 5th

Arsenal at Chelsea – 6am NBCSN: It’s one of those big match ups in the Premier League that you just have to watch.

Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts – 10am CBS: Pretty much guaranteed a good game here.

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – 10am FOX: Will the real Bears and Panthers please stand up.

Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers – 12:30pm TBS: Game 3 of the ALDS.

Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos – 1pm FOX: Both teams coming off a bye week and the Cards are for real folks.

LA Angels at the KC Royals – 4:30pm TBS: Another playoff game at home for the Royals. Chaos may ensue in KC.

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots – 5:30pm NBC: A lot of questions out there for the Pats offense. Meanwhile Cincy looks like world beaters.

 

 

 

 

 

What To Watch Fri. 8/8 – Sun. 8/10

All times are PST.

Friday August 8th

PGA Championship – 10am TNT: It’s the last major tournament of the year and Tiger is playing.

Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays – 4pm MLB.TV: It is a possible playoff preview.

San Jose Earthquakes at LA Galaxy – 8pm NBC Sports: The first game of the Landon Donovan farewell tour.

Saturday August 9th

PGA Championship – 11am CBS:

Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions – 4:30pm NFL Network: Johnny Football Pro debut anyone?

Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas – 6pm MLS Live: Two teams separated by 3 points in the standings battle for vital points.

DC United at Real Salt Lake – 7pm MLS Live: One of top teams in the East meets one of the top teams in the West.

Sunday August 10th

PGA Championship – 11am CBS:

Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLB.TV: It’s a nice Sunday pitching matchup as David Price heads to the mound for Detroit and Mark Buehrle for Toronto.

Sporting KC at Vancouver WhiteCaps – 5pm MLS Live: Vancouver is a tough place to play and they need points. SKC though is the probably the best team in MLS right now.

Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves – 5pm ESPN: Getaway game for two teams battling for control of the NL East.

Houston Dynamo at Seattle Sounders – 7:30pm ESPN2: Houston is starting to turn it on and Seattle has been struggling as of late.