The Sunday – Family, Food, Football & Leach

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.26.2017


Thanksgiving Football

Thanksgiving has 3 F’s. Family, Food and Football.

Barkley Being Barkley

Barry Being Barry. Really?

Oh Nice!

What?

Regulating like a big dog.

Oh man.

While that was bad, missing the kicking net might be worse.

 

Honesty.

Elevate Your Game

7-1 in Champions League? Wow!

 

Mike Leach Moments Of The Week

Getting married? Let Leach give you some advice.

 

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The Sunday – Fighting & Failure

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.12.2017

Fight

There were plenty of scuffles last Sunday….in the NFL.

But sometimes you were just kidding

Even celebrations had fights.

Then there is real fighting. And by that I mean Matt Brown sending himself off into retirement with a vicious knockout elbow.

The Wow Factor

Russell Wilson may have had a concussion during this play and that’s scary. It’s still an amazing play.

 

 

Before The Game

Never, ever underestimate the creativity of college students.

 

Well that’s one way to bring out the offensive linemen.

Mike Leach Moment of the Week

The Sunday – Bedlam In Every Sense Of The Word

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 11.5.2017

Bedlam

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State was just that, bedlam. It’s final score, 62-52. Or as Jay Bilas tweeted….

It was fun but long and sometimes it makes you think, ‘did anybody want to play defense?’

Speaking of bedlam, how about the UFC having 3 titles change hands in 1 night? In all the years that is the first time it has ever happened.

And GSP returns to take home a belt. He is now one of the few to win 2 titles in 2 different weight classes.

Oh look, another left hook!

Football

Outside of bedlam there were plenty of other memorable moments from the week that was in football. Including Ohio State losing but being classy, a snow game in Wyoming and some awesome dancing.

Ohio State may have been, surprisingly, blown out by Iowa in Iowa but they did take part in the coolest new tradition in sports, waving to the children’s hospital.

Snow!!!! What makes that even better? SloMotion snow!!!!!

How bout this for a flyover?

That catch.

And then sometimes, you just gotta dance.

 

Dunking

Happy Houston. Sad Houston.

The city of Houston has been through a lot lately. A devastating hurricane followed by historic flooding. In sports they saw JJ Watt and now Deshaun Watson go down with season ending injuries. But there is a bright spot, the Astros. The Astros defeated the LA Dodgers in 7 games to bring home their first World Series title. And people were stoked.

 

Best Halloween Costume

I am sure that there were others but just for the impression alone, Russell Wilson gets my vote.

Mike Leach Moment of the Week

The Sunday – Goodbyes and Celebrations

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.1.2017

Goodbyes

Matt Cain announced that he will retire this week. It’s odd to talk about ‘retiring’ when they are only 33 years old but Cain did pitch 13 years with the San Francisco Giants, win three World Series, and throw a perfect game. Cain didn’t finish his career with a winning record but he was incredibly important to the Giants organization. He was the rock they relied on as they built themselves into a three time world champion. He will always be a Giant and he will be missed.

We lost a coach this weekend. Former Purdue and Wyoming head coach Joe Tiller passed away at the tender age of 74.

Barkley v Love

Let’s face it, the Heisman Trophy is coming down to two people; Penn State’s Saqoun Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love. Below is a little taste as to why.

Celebrations & Analysis

While much gets made about the celebrations in football, you have to tip your hat to the Yankees for this one.

No one will ever question Addison Russell’s heart. He knocked over a St Louis Cardinals fan nachos….and then brought him a replacement.

And possibly the best description ever….

 

 

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.

https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/787788136478900224

 

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

https://twitter.com/CauldronICYMI/status/787779242922835968

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!

‘The QB’

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Update: The paperback version of this book is out. While a good part of this book focuses on Johnny Manziel it also focuses on a lot of players who are now starting at the collegiate level. QB’s such as UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Auburn’s Sean White and Purdue’s David Blough

We highly recommend this book.


Bruce Feldman did it again. This time with his latest book, ‘The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks’. It’s an in depth and interesting read about all of the things being done to identify the next Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson.

The QB

‘The QB’ is a football fans book. If you are a casual fan, you may not enjoy it as much as a major football fan would. However, Feldman did a great job of reminding you who is who as he weaves between QB guru’s, high school prospects and Super Bowl winning QB’s. Feldman is able to pull all this together to give the reader a great understanding of the new process in which QB’s are being measured.

In some ways you could compare this book to Michael Lewis’ ‘Moneyball’. While the Oakland A’s had found a set of metrics that worked for them, people are still trying to find those to predict if a QB is going to be an NFL Hall of Famer or a National Championship team. The book dives into psychological angle of being a quarterback at the highest levels. One of the books major subjects Trent Dillfer believes that it is ‘nurture over nature’. Others rely on the metrics that they have always used like height and weight.

Feldman has written some good stuff in the past like his profile on current Washington State head coach Mike Leach. ‘The QB’ may be his best work yet. If you want to really understand why Tom Brady and Russell Wilson are leading their teams to yet another Super Bowl, read this book.

Best Of The Sideline Signals

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

There has been a shift at all levels of football on how teams signal in their plays. Back in the day coaches would send in a player with the play and now they use everything from images to numbers to hand signals. Every team is different but there is a wide, if not fun, variety of signals to admire.

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach is an odd cat, a genius to some. 60 Minutes thought so while profiling him back in 2009. He is one of the simplest signal callers in all of football. He doesn’t have some massive play calling sheet like you see with some coaches. He has what looks to be a folded piece of paper and his signals to the QB are done with generally one hand (see 8:44 mark of 60 Minutes video for an example)…and some of them rock!

LEACH

Other PAC 12 coaches have some interesting signals as well. We have no idea what they mean or if they work but they are sure fun to look at especially those by Arizona State Head Coach Todd Graham.

Sun Devil Hook'em Horns?
Sun Devil Hook’em Horns?

At Arizona there are three people signaling in plays and the players have to know which one to is signaling in the play and which two are decoys.

Can you find the play?
Can you find the play?

Chip Kelly even took way of signaling plays from Oregon to the NFL. He apparently bypasses the coach to QB radio in favor of hand signals. The reason, everyone on the offense looks over for the play not just the QB.

Whatever the play, it didn't spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
Whatever the play, it didn’t spell V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

If you watch the BCS Title game you’ll see how Auburn’s Gus Malzhan signals in plays and how quickly they do it. Take notice how much faster Auburn will go when they are on the hash nearest their sideline.

Sideline signals will always vary and look funny to most us. But if they work and help give teams an advantage then we’ll see them for a long, long, time. And they might even get stranger.