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 – Reactions

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.27.2016

Brutal

https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/800445227848712192

Probably not the best time to cross in front of the entrance.

 

Ohio State vs Michigan

It was the game of the day, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer kind of summed it up with his reaction to the game winning touchdown.

Then Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had a few things to say to the refs after the game.

 

The Class of Strong

Charlie Strong was let go by the University of Texas. He was 16-21 in three seasons at the helm. His players loved him and he is, next to Mike Riley of Nebraska, probably the classiest coach in the college game.

Example 1, his final weekly press conference.

Example 2,the statement he released after he was fired.

Charlie Strong Statement

 

Mean & Notable

If you are going to knock over someone, it might as well be Miss Arizona.

Tennessee was able to tackle one thing….the gatorade table.

Carrying the other team on your back.

WOW!

We love you Pat McAfee

THANKS CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Steven Gerrard has called it a career. He is Mr Liverpool and even led them to a Champions League trophy.

The Sunday: Prophecy, Proposal & Walk Outs

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Peyton

We may very well see Peyton Manning play his final football game today. Whether you love him or hate him you have to respect him. He gave the commencement speech at the University of Virginia in 2014 and he said somethings that ring true about who he is and where he is this Super Bowl 50 Sunday. Take a listen around the 16:22 mark and you’ll see what I am talking about.

 

National Signing Day 2016

National Signing Day 2016 is in the books and yes, it’s out of control. There are some creative takeaways though like mimicking a movie from 1999.

 

Proposal

UFC weigh-ins have seen a lot over the years. From intense stare-downs to Tom Lawlor doing what he does but this may have stolen the top spot.

 

Flying Knee

While proposals are sweet flying knee KO’s are sweeter.

 

The 77 Walkout

Liverpool fans made their feelings known about the recent announcement that ticket prices are going up. This is the first time in Liverpool’s 132 year history that something like this has happened.

 

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

Zidane To The Rescue

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


 

ZidaneThe football (soccer) great Zinedine Zidane has swooped in to “rescue” Real Madrid. A club that is a mere four points behind La Liga leading Athletico Madrid….in January. Four points in Real Madrid’s view is unacceptable.

Zidane is a legend in the soccer community. While most novices of the sport will only remember him for his red card in the 2006 World Cup Final where he famously head butted Marco Materazzi.

Zidane was a heck of a player at Madrid and elsewhere and has been managing Madrid’s reserve side, Real Madrid Castilla, for a couple of years. This in the eyes of the powers that be is enough to manage the biggest club in the world.

His hiring isn’t so much a surprise as is the firing of Rafa Benitez. Benitez managed Liverpool to two Champions League Finals (winning the trophy in 2004) and found success at Valencia, Napoli, Chelsea and Real Madrid. He was 17-5-3 in all competitions since taking over at Madrid but that wasn’t good enough. Apparently a 4-0 loss to arch rival Barcelona and a supposed riff with superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo is enough to be sacked nowadays.

Don’t worry about Benitez. He walks away with a cool £7million (about $10.2million US) for his trouble. And Madrid can afford to pay. Real Madrid is the richest club in the world. They are estimated a $3.26 billion according to Forbes.

A lot of questions now arise for the 43 year old Zidane. He has played but never coached at this level before and it’s a very big stage to cut your teeth at.

Only time will tell if this is the right decision. Like other sports organizations (college and professional) it is becoming clear that the days of “building” are gone and it’s a “win now or else” mentality around the globe.  And don’t just win, but win by a wide margin.

What to Watch: Thurs. 12/31 – Sun. 1/3

All times are Pacific.

Thursday December 31st

Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl – 9am ESPN:  Houston sneaks into a major bowl game only to go up against one of the best programs in all the land in Florida State. This game showcases FSU tailback Dalvin Cook and Houston QB Greg Ward JR. FSU should pull away late but there should be lots of offense.

Xavier at Villanova – 9am FS1: Top 25 match-up and a Big East Conference battle.

ouCapital One Orange Bowl – 1pm ESPN: The first of two College Football Playoff Semifinal games. This is a rematch of last years Russell Athletic Bowl and while Clemson got the better of Oklahoma in that game, OU is one of the hottest teams in the country.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings – 3pm NHL Gamecenter: Not a bad way match up to help ring in the New Year.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 4pm NBA League Pass: The Warriors are on the ole Texas road trip. It’s a rough stretch even for the best team in the NBA.

MSU FLAGGoodyear Cotton Bowl – 5pm ESPN: Michigan State vs Alabama is about as old school as it gets. This one is all about running the ball and defense. Just a note, Nick Saban is undefeated against his former assistants. Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio is a former assistant of Saban’s.

 

Friday January 1st

dobbsOutback Bowl – 9am ESPN2: Northwestern and Tennessee have had outstanding years. This game is always close and a lot of fun to watch. Keep an eye on Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs. If he can be a dual threat against the tough Wildcat D then Tennessee could have a very good day.

Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins – 10am NBC: The 2016 Winter Classic is here. The Bruins are three points south of the Habs but as we know, anything can happen in this game.

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl – 10am ESPN: Does it get much better than Notre Dame vs Ohio State?

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual – 2pm ESPN: Iowa vs Stanford is like Michigan State vs Alabama, run oriented offenses defenses that can win a game for you. You get to also check out the most exciting player in the country in Stanford’s Christian McCaffery.

Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat – 4:30pm NBA League Pass: The Mavs head to Miami to kick off the New Year with Chris Bosh and D-Wade.

UFC 195 – 7pm PPV: Not the best card the UFC has ever put out there but the main event is for the Welterweight title. Defending Champion Robbie Lawler puts the title on the line against for Interim Champion Carlos Condit.

 

Saturday January 2nd

West Ham vs Liverpool – 4:45am NBCSN: Two teams that are neck and neck in the standings.

TaxSlayer Bowl – 9am ESPN: Penn State vs Georgia. One team (Penn State) is in transition offensively (new OC coming in) and Georgia, well their new Head Coach is currently the DC for Alabama.

Watford vs Manchester City -9:30am NBC: It’s been an upside down league this season, will order be restored in 2016? Man City has a chance to put Watford in their place and gain ground on league leading Arsenal.

Baylor at Kansas – 11am CBS: The Bears invade Rock Chalk Jayhawk and one of the toughest environments in all of college basketball.

Memphis at South Carolina – 1pm ESPNU: Stop the presses, the Gamecocks are undefeated and get their toughest test to date.

Iowa State at Oklahoma – 2pm ESPN2: OU is arguably the best team in the country but the Cyclones are not far behind.

Valero Alamo Bowl – 3:45pm ESPN: Oregon vs TCU and that means wide open offenses and two quarterbacks looking to end their collegiate careers with a bang. Oregon’s Vernon Adams and TCU’s Trevone Boykin.

New York Rangers at Florida Panthers – 4pm NHL Gamecenter: The Panthers are one of the surprises in the NHL this season. The Rangers are not. They are just a solid hockey team.

Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs – 5:30 NBA TV: Two of the better teams in the West square off.

 

Sunday January 3rd

Everton vs Tottenham – 8am NBCSN: Everton sits nine points back of Spurs and Spurs have goal scoring phenom Harry Kane. Tall order, even at home.

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – 10am CBS: Jets win and they are into the playoffs. If the Bills win then there are a whole slew of possibilities.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – 10am FOX: Bengals need to win to have a chance at a first round bye which they desperately need. Even backup QB AJ McCarron is iffy for this game with a bad wrist.

almerSeattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – 1:25pm FOX: The Cards have a shot at having home field advantage throughout the playoffs and QB Carson Palmer has said ‘Super Bowl or Bust!’ Seahawks are working on a higher Wild Card seeding.

Dallas Stars at New York Islanders – 2pm NHL Gamecenter: The Stars lead the Central and the Isles are trying to stay within striking distance of the Capitals in the Metropolitan.

Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers – 4pm NBA League Pass: King James and crew welcome the Atlantic leading Raptors to town.

Bridgewater vs PackersMinnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers – 5:30pm NBC: The NFC North and home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs is on the line. Packers got the better of the Vikings the first time around this season. Let’s see if Teddy Bridgewater and crew can get even.

What To Watch Fri. 11/20 – Sun. 11/22

All times are Pacific.

Friday November 20th

Montreal Canadiens at NY Islanders – 4:30pm NHL GameCenter: The Habs have cooled off and the Islanders are a tough team.

Cincinnati at South Florida – 5pm CBSN: Hey, we love watching the Bearcats. They have a tendency to score a lot of points or go down in flames.

Air Force at Boise State- 6:30pm ESPN2: A battle that will determine the winner of the Mountain division of the MWC.

Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors – 7:30pm ESPN: This could arguably be a Finals preview.

 

Saturday November 21st

Michigan at Penn State – 9am : Our first taste of Harbaugh vs Franklin.

Memphis at Temple – 9am ESPNU: While both teams have suffered losses in recent weeks, they are still two fun football teams to watch.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona -9am beIN Sports: Only a match up between the two biggest clubs in the world. No big deal.

Manchester City vs Liverpool – 9:30am NBC: Liverpool sits 11 points behind City but has a new manager and new hope.

Lafayette at Lehigh – 9:30am ESPN3: The 151st meeting between the two schools which is the longest in collegiate football. There is a reason they call it ‘The Rivalry’.

Montana at Montana State – 11am ROOT Sports: 115th matchup between the two schools. Montana looks to keep their FCS Playoff hopes alive with a victory here.

YaleHarvard at Yale  – 11:30am NBCSN: IVY League title is on the line since Harvard lost last week to Penn. Harvard gets a share if they win and Yale would love nothing more than to spoil that. There is a reason this one is called ‘The Game.’

Michigan State at Ohio State – 1:30pm ABC: No big deal just National Title implications.

UCLA at Utah – 1:30pm FOX: PAC-12 South implications and two pretty good football teams.

Arizona at Arizona State – FS1 : The 2015 edition of the Territorial Cup. Bowl eligibility is on the line for the Sun Devils.

Baylor at Oklahoma State – 4:30pm FOX : OSU looks to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive but they will have to find a way to outscore Baylor.

TCU at Oklahoma – 5pm ABC: Oklahoma has battled their way back after that loss to Texas to be one of the more dangerous teams in the land. This is a tall order but TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin may not be 100% & they lost their best wide receiver.

Cal at Stanford  – 7:30pm ESPN:The Big Game is a big one once again. Both teams have played well this year and Stanford is also looking to wrap up the Pac 12 North. And with all of the wacky finishes this year in college football, it will be nice to end a long day of football with a game that gave birth to crazy finishes.

Cotto vs Canelo – 8pm-ish PPV: Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez in boxing’s second super fight of the year. In all honesty, this one should be a better one too.

 

Sunday November 22nd

Tottenham vs West Ham United – 8am NBCSN: Both are sitting just outside the top four and are only separated by goal differential.

Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears – 10am CBS: Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning will ride the bench for the Broncos as they take on their former head coach John Fox.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ottawa RedBlacks – 10am ESPNEWS: Winner goes to the Grey Cup. Combination of rain and snow is expected.

NASCAR Ford Ecoboost 400 – Noon NBC: Last race of the year and maybe, just maybe Jeff Gordon can go out on top with a win and the cup.

Toronto Raptors at LA Clippers – 12:30pm NBA League Pass: Raptors are on a West Coast swing and visit Lob City.

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings  – 1:30pm FOX: Vikings are one of the best teams in the NFC while the Packers are slipping. Can the Pack turn it around?

Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos – 1:30pm ESPN3: Not only does the winner go to the Grey Cup but it’s also the Battle of Alberta.

Columbus Crew vs NY Red Bulls – 2pm ESPN: Leg one to decide the Eastern Conference rep in MLS Cup.

Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas – 4:30pm FS1: Western Conference Final and it starts in the best venue in all of MLS. There Ain’t No Pity In the Rose City.

Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals – 5:30pm NBC: Cards held on last week in Seattle while the Bengals put up their first loss of the season against the Texans on Monday Night. Rebound in the desert is a tough task for Andy Dalton and crew.

 

 

 

What To Watch – Fri. 10/30 – Sun. 11/1

All times are Pacific.

The best time of year because we have NFL, College Football, NBA, NHL, MLS Playoffs and World Series not to mention Nascar and F1.

Friday October 30

Dartmouth at Harvard – 4:30pm NBCSN: Both are 6-0 and tied for first place a top the Ivy League.

KC Royals at NY Mets – 5pm FOX: Game 3 with the Royals up 2-0. This one is in NY though and that can make a huge difference.

Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets – 6:30pm ESPN: Defending champs go on the road to a team that is one of their main challengers this season.

 

Saturday October 31st

Chelsea vs Liverpool -5:45am NBCSN: Liverpool looks for it’s first win under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp. Chelsea looks to turn the season around.

2015 Rugby World Cup Final – 9am NBC: It’s Australia vs New Zealand.

Florida vs Georgia – 12:30pm CBS: We don’t care, it’s still ‘The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.’

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech – 12:30pm ESPN: Plenty of points and a tough place for the Pokes to get a win.

Nashville Predators at LA Kings – 1pm NHL Gamecenter: The Preds are the best in the West and LA isn’t far behind.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHLN: Sidney Crosby heads to the heart of the hockey world.

Michigan at Minnesota – 4pm ESPN: Michigan is a hard nosed football team and Minnesota will be playing with a heavy heart as their head coach retired due to health reasons.

Notre Dame at Temple – 5pm ABC: Huge game for the undefeated Temple Owls. First visit by ESPN Gameday, they’ve never been undefeated this late in the season. The question becomes, can they handle it all?

KC Royals at NY Mets – 5pm FOX: Game 4.

Stanford at Washington State – 7:30pm ESPN: For the lead in the PAC-12 North believe it or not.

 

Sunday November 1st

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers – 10am CBS: Boy these two teams are good this year and the Steelers look like they might get Big Ben back under center.

goalDC United vs NY Red Bulls – Noon ESPN: One of the longest standing rivalries in MLS. NYRB took home the Supporters Shield again this year but will Jesse Marsch be able to lead them to an MLS Cup?

NY Jets at Oakland Raiders – 1pm CBS: No seriously, this game should be really good.

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps – 2pm ESPN: If you didn’t watch arguably the most exciting MLS Playoff game ever the other night then…well you missed out. Portland was able to survive and now they host Cascadia Cup foes Vancouver.

Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos – 5:30pm NBC: Two undefeated teams square off in the Mile High City. Can the Broncos find their offense?

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas – 6:30pm FS1: FC Dallas has arguably the toughest road to MLS Cup. Why? Your first playoff game is going to be in front of the largest crowd in typical Seattle wet and cold conditions.

 

If none of these do it for ya, Twitch is running a marathon of ‘The Joy of Painting.’

What to Watch Fri. 10/16 – Sun. 10/18

All times are Pacific.

Friday October 16th

Toronto Blue Jays at KC Royals – 4:30pm FOX: Let the ALCS begin!

Cincinnati at BYU – 5pm ESPN: Cincy games are never boring and BYU’s rarely are.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting KC – 8pm UniMas: SKC is currently in the playoffs if the season ended today and San Jose is on the outside looking in but not by much.

 

REMOTE-contrast

Saturday October 17th

Tottenham vs Liverpool – 4:45am NBCSN: The Jurgen Klopp era begins for Liverpool.

Everton vs Manchester United – 7am NBCSN: Everton is only three points back of United.

Ole Miss at Memphis – 9am ABC/ESPN: Memphis is the team no one wants to talk about. Head Coach Justin Fuente will become the hottest coach in American after Memphis upsets the Rebels.

Michigan State at Michigan – 12:30pm ABC: Well, let’s see who is really a contender in the Big Ten.

Alabama at Texas A&M – 12:30pm CBS: Last time these two met in College Station, the final score was 49-42.

Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens – 4pm NHLN: It’s never too early to enjoy and Original 6 matchup.

Florida at LSU – 5pm ESPN: Baton Rouge at night against a Florida team that just lost it’s starting quarterback.

Arizona State at Utah – 7pm ESPN: A little late night PAC-12 action. Shootout possibility = high.

 

Sunday October 18th

Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers – 10am FOX: Arizona head man and former Steelers OC Bruce Arians returns to town with an impressive Cardinals team. Steelers may still have one of the most exciting backs in the NFL in Le’veon Bell.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Montreal Alouettes – 10am ESPN2: A little CFL for your Sunday. This one could decide the Eastern Conference.

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – 1pm FOX: Panthers are 4-0 but this is probably the toughest place to play in the NFL.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers – 4pm  FS1: LA is in the playoffs but Portland is still fighting to make it.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts – 5:30pm NBC: Andrew Luck returns for the Colts but it may not matter against Gronk and company.

The Sunday: Selfies & Sackings

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Selfie Sisters

If you want to see the difference in the generations just watch the following video. The young girls are all on their phones and the announcers can’t understand why. The girls were invited back but the sorority declined and asked for the tickets to be donate to charity.

Sacked

Brendan Rodgers 1

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is out. He was sacked after the team’s 1-1 draw to rival Everton. He guided the team since June 2012 and nearly won the Premier League title in the 2013-2014 season. When all was said and done he walks away from Anfield with zero trophies.

Breaking Madden

Coding isn’t easy and it doesn’t make it any easier when you have to put out one of the most popular video games on the planet every fall. What does this lead to? Some wacky things. The Internet calls it ‘Breaking Madden.’

Breaking Madden

The Ridiculous 

Louisville wide receiver James Quick made a catch that should break Madden. He caught a pass with his right shoulder.

Louisville WR Shoulder Catch

Arizona State running back Kallen Ballage did one better. He dragged the majority of the UCLA defense into the endzone. Better yet, Gus Johnson was on the call.

 

 

What To Watch Thurs. 10/1 – Sun. 10/4

All times are Pacific.

 

Thursday October 1st

Miami at Cincinnati – 4:30pm ESPN: Well last week Cincinnati’s backup quarterback Hayden Moore threw for a school record 557yards and nearly led Cincinnati to a victory over Memphis. Now he is the starter in place of injured Gunner Kiel. On the other side is one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC in Brad Kaaya. Shootout alert.

LA Angels at Texas Rangers – 5pm MLB.TV:  First of four games that will decide the AL West.

 

Friday October 2nd

LA Angels at Texas Rangers – 5pm ESPN: Like we said, series will decide the AL West.

 

Saturday October 3rd

West Virginia at Oklahoma – 9am FS1: West Virginia has looked like the high flying offense coach Dana Holgorsen is known for. Oklahoma is no slouch when it comes to high flying offenses either. They are led by Baker Mayfield who does about three to four Johnny Football impersonations per game.

Texas Tech at Baylor  – 12:30pm ABC: Texas Tech lost a heartbreaker last weekend to TCU. No rest for the wicked as they now have to bring their ‘A’ game to Waco and take on National Championship contender Baylor. Shootout alert.

GeorgiaAlabama at Georgia – 12:30pm CBS: It’s the first time Alabama has been an underdog with the odds makers since 2009. Can Georgia live up to expectations or will Nick Saban have the Tide ready to roll in Athens?

Ole Miss at Florida – 4pm ESPN: This isn’t a walk in the park for OIe Miss. The Gators have a lot of confidence coming off a comeback win against Tennessee. The Swamp at night is never an easy place to play. Upset alert.

Notre Dame at Clemson – 5pm ABC: Notre Dame is undefeated because they have arguably the best offensive line in all of the college football. Death Valley on a Saturday night combined with Clemson’s sleeper Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson make this a tough task for the Irish.

UFC 192 – 7pm PPV: Daniel Cormier puts the Light Heavyweight belt on the line against Alexander Gustafsson. Tyrone Woodley vs Johny Hendricks, Ryan Bader vs Rashad Evans and Jessica Eye vs Julianna Pena round out the main card.

Portland Timbers vs Sporting KC – 7:30pm MLS LIVE: These two are separated by a single point in the Western Conference. SKC just won the US Open Cup on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Now they travel to the opposite side of the country and a hostile environment. No easy task here.

 

Sunday October 4th

Everton vs Liverpool – 4:25am NBCSN: Merseyside Derby and it means a lot. Liverpool is looking to prove that they are a top tier club once again while Everton thinks this could be they year they slip into the top four.

NY Jets vs Miami Dolphins – 6:30am CBS: One of three games in London this season. It’s an early start to your NFL Sunday and probably one of the better games of the day.

Arsenal vs Manchester United – 8:00am NBCSN: Manchester United is a top the Premier League but Arsenal can draw level with a victory.

Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – 1:25pm FOX: The Broncos have sputtered on offense so far but they are also 3-0. The Vikings have one of the more interesting teams in the NFL. Should be a good one in Denver.

FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo – 2pm ESPN2: Dallas looks like a lock for the playoffs but they have to get better defensively. Houston needs three points or they risk slipping further out of playoff contention.