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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Consistency

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 12.26.2016

If you watched the rematch of last seasons NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day then you might be asking yourself, ‘isn’t that a foul?’ Well according to the NBA the answer is ‘yes’. The NBA released their ‘Last Two-Minute Report’ of the game and according to that report the Cavs committed two key fouls that were not called and in the end, may have cost the Warriors a victory.

First there was Lebron James monster dunk where he hung on the rim. That should have been a technical foul but wasn’t called. Then with a few seconds remaining, the Warriors Kevin Durant fell down and that was cause by the Cavs Richard Jefferson’s foot. That wasn’t called either. Combined those would have put two of the best free throw shooters in the league at the line with the game in the balance.

Let’s not forget the unnecessary review of the shot clock violation that gave the Cavs a timeout (they were out) and chance to set their final play. A play that saw them score what would be the game winner.

While Warriors fans will cry foul and Cavs fans will tell them to ‘suck it up’, the fact is that we need consistency in the officiating. If the Warriors Draymond Green would have hung on the rim like James did then he would have been called immediately for a technical foul and hence ejected from the game (he gained his first technical earlier in the game). The lack of consistency gives the impression that the officials were favoring the Cavs or at least the ‘stars’ in the game.

Not being consistent in the calls is important, not just for the teams but for the fans. The Warriors vs Cavs game was the fifth most watched NBA regular season game ever on ABC. That means that there were plenty of casual fans watching. The NBA wants to convert those fans to ‘hardcore’ fans who watch more games, buy tickets and jerseys. That’s hard to do with inconsistent officiating that affects the outcome of the game.

Mark Cuban was right many years ago, the officiating in the NBA needs to be consistent. It can’t be called one way at the start of the game and another way at the end. It’s not good for the game and it’s not good for the fans. Let’s hope it gets better and we can see games decided on the court by the players vs by the officials.

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: Hate And The Changes It Brings

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


The Hate

To say that there was a lot of hate on the internet with Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors this week would be putting it mildly. None the less, KD is a Warrior and will share the floor with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. Not a bad way to go.

Catches

Plenty of unintended impressive catches this past week….

The Roughriders Ricky Collins kept his eye on the ball.

…and three points for Buster Posey!

…and some that were intended and were just massive failures. Like this San Francisco Giants fan who tried to catch a foul ball with a tray full of food and booze.

 

Out of the Way

Crowding the road and running along with the cyclists is as much a part of the Tour de France as the cycling. However sometimes people can put themselves and the riders in jeopardy. So the riders have to fight back like Chris Froome did.

At It Again

It may only be the MLS regular season but don’t tell that to Tim Howard who came up big last night for the Colorado Rapids against Vancouver.

 

Brown Out

Legendary basketball coach Larry Brown has left yet another job. What’s not at all shocking about this is that he made a team relevant (SMU) only to have sanctions and suspensions come down on the program. Cause that has never happened before with Brown.

 

The Ins & Outs of UFC 200

Being a former UFC employee, I know first hand how exhausting an event can much less three in three days capped by one of the biggest shows in the organizations history.

Add to that the headlining fight on the card falling apart mid week only to be saved by the greatest fighter off all time (Anderson Silva) stepping in on two days notice.

Yes, the employees of the UFC deserve a few much needed days off. Oh wait, there is another fight on Wednesday night in Sioux Falls, SD. Sorry guys, back to work.

No Weakness Here

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


I was going to try to write something about all the people out there criticizing Kevin Durant’s move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors. Then I read The Shadow League’s Alejandro Danois article and there is no way I could say it as well as he did. He pretty much posterized the critics.

Read it here.

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: Friday 1/23 – Sunday 1/25

All times are Pacific

Friday January 23rd

Oklahoma City at Atlanta Hawks – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: Can anyone stop the Hawks this year? Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will give it a shot.

X Games Aspen – 7:30pm ESPN: Snowboarding Big Air Final. That means the Flying Tomato! Shaun White is in the house.

Curling – 8pm NBCSN: Dude, it’s curling on a Friday night. It’s also what you watch when the NHL is at the All Star Break.

 

Saturday January 24th

X Games Aspen – 10am ABC: People doing things in the snow that generally defies gravity. Goodtimes.

Kansas at Texas – 11am CBS: Nice match up for a Saturday afternoon.

UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs Johnson – 5pm FOX: Alexander Gustafsson is the only man in the 205lbs division to give current champ Jon Jones a run for his money. He has a very tough test against the heavy handed Anthony Johnson. Oh yeah, fight in is Stockholm, Sweden which is Gustafsson’s hometown.

Washington Wizards at Portland TrailBlazers – 7pm NBA TV: A nice night camp to the evening.

 

Sunday January 25th

X Games Aspen – 10am ESPN: Final day for the X Games. Give it a look, it’s kind of fun.

Indiana at Ohio State – 10:30am CBS: This could be a tipping game that puts the winner in the tourney come March. It’s also a nice kick off to a big sports day in Columbus.

Duke at St John’s – 11am FOX: Who did Duke’s schedule anyway? This is just a mean run road schedule they’ve been on.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers – 12:30pm ABC: Stars galore for a Sunday morning.

NHL All Star Game – 2pm NBCSN: It’s an All Star game so it could be good but we now know that Sidney Crosby won’t be playing due to an injury. Is there a mumps outbreak to follow?