The Sunday – Ups And Downs

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 5.14.2018

Rinne Out

The Nashville Predators won the Presidents’ Trophy which means they had the best regular season record in the NHL. That is in no way a guarantee that you do well in the playoffs. Well they went out with a whimper as they were crushed 5-1 by Winnipeg in Game 7 in Nashville.

The hard part, watching someone like Pekka Rinne get chased and then just sit in the tunnel.



How about the welcome Andrew McCutchen got when we showed up in Pittsburgh as a member of the San Francisco Giants.

While that was impressive, this may be more so. Shohei Ohtani’s batting practice in Denver.

But this was the most impressive. Stephen Piscotty was having the start of a good career in St. Louis. But the Northern California native’s mother was ill. She had Lou Gehrig’s disease. So what did St. Louis and Oakland do? They made a trade is off season to get Piscotty back to the bay area. His mother passed away a week ago. When he came up to bat in his first game back he received this ovation from the fans and opposing team.

These are the reasons I love baseball.


Lyoto Machida has a tendency to send folks into a retirement with a front kick to the face for the KO.

Speaking of retirement, Darian Durant has called it a career. Who, you ask? Durant played at UNC and then went on to an impressive career in the CFL. He has two Grey Cup’s to his name, threw for over 31,000 yards and 165 touchdowns. Oh, he’s only 5’11”.


The Sunday – Legacy

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 6.11.2017

The Series

There were people out there who thought that a Pittsburgh v Nashville Stanley Cup Final would be a ratings downer. Wrong. Apparently ratings are up and pretty substantially.

The Final has not been without it’s controversy. The fact is that even if the Pittsburgh wins this series which is likely, will it tarnish Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? Nashville’s P.K. Subban has clearly gotten under the skin of his Team Canada teammate and also that of Malkin.

Crosby is one of the few NHL players that transcends the sport. Is it good for hockey if he is doing what he did above? Yes Subban can get under your skin. That’s part of his game as one of the better defensemen in the league but Crosby and Malkin need to rise above. Not only for themselves but also for their team and for the league.

Bye Bye Big Game Bob

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops stepped down abruptly this week at the ripe old age of 56. He over course will stay on at OU as ‘special assistant to the Athletic Director’ meaning he gets paid to go do some fund raising.

He has 190 wins (most in Oklahoma history) and one national title (2000). He was nicknamed ‘Big Game Bob’ for his ability to win big games early in his 18 year career as head coach at Oklahoma. It was a nickname that some mocked later on going 0-3 in National Title games after winning his first and only title. Oklahoma did have 4 Heisman Trophy winners during his time as head coach and nine former assistants have gone on to become head coaches.



LeBron showing why he is The King.

This is just mean…

…and so is this.

Moment of the Week

Let’s face it, the only thing missing from this picture is Gisele.


Beat The Freeze

Not sure when or why the Atlanta Braves started this but it’s amazing….

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.

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.

What To Watch: Fri. 4/29 – Sun. 5/1

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 29th

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 4pm MLBN: Hey, it’s the Yankees vs the Red Sox. It’s doesn’t get any better.

NFL Draft – 4pm NFL Network/ESPN2: Rounds two and three will be in primetime and a lot of good players will be on the board.

Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers – 4:30pm ESPNEWS: The Pacers look to stave off elimination against the Raptors.

BLUES V STARS FIGHTSt Louis Blues at Dallas Stars – 5pm NBCSN: These two were neck and neck most of the regular season and the Blues just came off of a brutal series with Chicago. Will that and inconsistent goaltending be their downfall?

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The Preds won three of the four road games against the Anaheim Ducks in the first round. Sharks better be ready to go.

Saturday April 30th

NFL Draft – 9am NFL Network/ESPN: Rounds four through seven. It’s also fun to see how delirious the commentators get by this point too.

New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning – Noon NBC: Game 2.

Montreal Impact vs Colorado Rapids – 1pm MLS.TV: This is a surprisingly good matchup. Not many people picked these two to be in second place in the respective divisions. Yet here we are.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals – 5pm NBC: Game 2 of a series that is going to be the one to watch in the second round. Lots of stars, lots of offense and which ever team wins it will be considered the favorites to go to the Stanley Cup Final.

Sunday May 1st

Leicester City vs Manchester United – 6am NBCSN: Leicester City can wrap up the Premier League title. This still should blow your mind.

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets – 10am MLB.TV: Pretty good pitching matchup on tap as the Bumgarner squares off against Syndergaard.

Portland Timbers vs Toronto FC – 12:30pm ESPN: Michael Bradley and company head to the Rose City to take on a Timbers team that has yet to find it’s playoff form from a year ago.

Sporting KC vs LA Galaxy – 5pm FS1: This is a playoff game disguised as a regular season matchup. Let’s see how the Galaxy deal with Blue Hell. They’ve looked very good so far now and still have a couple of key guys out with suspensions and injuries.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 5pm ESPN: What a game to cap off the weekend in sports. Big Papi has only got a few more games to get his knocks in against the Bronx Bombers.

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks – 5pm NBCSN: Game two from the shark tank.

What To Watch: Fri. 4/15 – Sun. 4/17

All times are Pacific.

Friday April 15th

TOEWSChicago Blackhawks at St Louis Blues – 5pm NBCSN: If this series turns out to be like the one they played a few years ago then we are in for a treat. So far it has with the Blues winning game 1 in OT.



Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros – 5pm MLB.TV: Two teams who fully expect to be in the post season. The Astros have taken their lumps here at the start of the season but they send last years AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel to the hill.

SF Giants at LA Dodgers – 7pm MLBN: The pitching match-up alone is why you should watch this one as Madison Bumgarner goes against Clayton Kershaw.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The last playoff series to get started and it may be the best of the bunch.


Saturday April 16th

Chelsea vs Manchester City – 9:30am NBC: In past seasons this would be a game that would decide the Premier League title. Not this year but it’s still a fun game to watch.

NY Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins – Noon NBC: Pens are up 1-0 and the Rangers may be without goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors – 12:30pm ABC: Well those 73 wins the Warriors had during the regular season officially mean nothing.Now the title defense truly begins and it starts with a very dangerous Rockets team.

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals – 4pm CNBC: Game 2 and the Flyers have to find a way to kick it into gear.

San Jose Sharks at LA Kings – 7:30pm NBCSN: Not only is it game 2 but it is still NorCal vs SoCal.


Sunday April 17th

St Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks – Noon NBC: Game 3.

LeBron JamesDetroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers – Noon ABC: It’s time for King James to start another quest to bring a title to Northern Ohio. New coach may make a difference and a healthy Kyrie Irving will make a big difference.

Orlando City vs New England Revolution – 12:30pm ESPN: These two are separated by a single point and City is making the Citrus Bowl a very tough place for their opponents.

FC Dallas vs Sporting KC – 4pm FS1: FC Dallas is riding high after drubbing the defending MLS Cup champs at mid week. Meanwhile SKC has to rebound from a surprising loss at home to Colorado. Very interesting indeed.

SF Giants at LA Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball at Chavez Ravine. Two franchises that have a very genuine hatred of each other.

Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs – 5pm TNT: The Spurs might be the only team able to beat the Warriors but they have to take care of business first by beating a scrappy Grizzlies team.

Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks – 7:30pm NBCSN: The late game to end your weekend the right way.

Portland Trail Blazers at LA Clippers – 7:30pm TNT: Rip City heads to Lob City and this should be a very close series.

What To Watch: Fri. 2/19 – Sun. 2/21

All times are Pacific.

Friday February 19th

Miami Heat at Atlanta Hawks – 5pm NBA League Pass: The top two teams in the Southeast go head to head in the ATL.

Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls – 5pm NBA League Pass: Bulls have been hurting as of late and the Raptors have been on a roll. Can the Bulls turn it around in the house that Jordan built?

Paul George DunkIndiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder – 5pm ESPN: Inter-conference matchup with Paul George vs Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant which is basically part of the starting lineup for Team USA in the Olympics this summer.


Saturday February 20th

Duke at Louisville – 9am ESPN: It’s still strange to think that of this is as a conference game but it is. Duke is coming off a huge win at UNC this past week but they are a depleted bunch and this might be too much for Coach K and his Blue Devils.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins – 9:30am NHL.TV: These two are currently locked into the last two playoff spots in the Eastern conference.

Miami at UNC – 10am CBS: Huge matchup in the ACC. Carolina has to put the pieces back together after their crushing loss to Duke this past week. The Hurricanes are very, very good and could give the Tar Heels their second loss in a row at home.

Oklahoma at West Virginia – 1pm ESPN: Top 10 matchup with massive implications for tournament seeding and for the Big 12 title. Remember, the Mountaineers beat Kansas earlier this year at home.

LA Kings at Nashville Predators – 5pm NHL.TV: The Kings are atop of the Pacific division but they have some teams hot on their tail. Meanwhile the Predators are at the end of just a nasty swing of games against top teams.

Boston Bruins at Dallas Stars – 5pm NHLN: East meets West in a game of two teams headed for the playoffs.

Purdue at Indiana – 5:30pm ESPN: Purdue may be ranked higher but it’s Indiana that is tied for first in the Big Ten. It’s an in-state matchup with a whole lot riding on it.

Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors at LA Clippers – 5:30pm ABC: Dub City vs Lob City from LA. Oh and they are first and second in the Pacific division. Seriously, is there something else you needed to do on a Saturday night?



Sunday February 21st

Chelsea vs Manchester City – 8am FS2: It’s an FA Cup weekend in England and this is one of the better match-ups.

Daytona 500Daytona 500 – 10am FOX: It’s that time of year again. Time for 200 laps and 500 miles of hard nosed racin. Buckle up and see if  Joey Logano can make it two in row. Boogity Boogity Boogity Let’s Go Racin Boys!

Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild – 12:30pm NBC: The division rivals head outside as part of the Coors Light Stadium Series. It won’t be snowing…or below freezing but it should be fun none the less.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Oklahoma City Thunder – 12:30pm ABC: These are two of the best teams in the league with the firepower to win it all.

Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks – 4pm NHL.TV: The Ducks are on fire right now and the Flames are looking to claw their way into playoff contention.

Detroit Red Wings at NY Rangers – 4pm NBCSN: You just can’t help but watch a game featuring two of the NHL’s Original 6.

What To Watch: Fri. 2/12 – Sun. 2/14

All times are Pacific.

Friday February 12th

FSV Mainz vs Schalke FC – 12:30pm FS1: Three points separate these two clubs in the Bundesliga.

LA Kings at NY Rangers – 4pm NHLN: These two played for the Stanley Cup a few seasons ago and both are at the top or near the top of their respective divisions.

St Louis Blues at Florida Panthers – 4:30pm NHL.TV: East meets West….well Western Conference. Two are even in points but the Blues are in third in the Central while the Panthers lead the Atlantic.

UCLA at Arizona – 6pm ESPN: Cause why not a little PAC-12 basketball for your Friday night?


Saturday February 13th

Kentucky at South Carolina – 9am ESPN: Kentucky isn’t the dominant force they were last year and South Carolina is much improved.

Xavier at Butler – 11:30am FOX: This game has all the makings of being a barn burner. Conference game with a ranked team on the road in a hostile environment.

Kansas at Oklahoma – 11:30am ESPN: Top ten, conference matchup. Oh and the last time they played it went into three OT’s.

Virginia at Duke -1:30pm ESPN: Duke is in the middle of just a nightmarish stretch but UVA has a tendency to not show up in games like this.

Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers – 4pm NHL.TV: Preds are on the second half of a tough back-to-back stretch. First at Tampa Bay then at Florida.

Steph CurryNBA Skills Competition – 5pm TNT: Three-point and slam dunk contest. Steph Curry said he will participate in the three-point shootout.

Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks – 5:30pm NHLN: The Ducks got off to a rough start but are clawing their way back into the playoff picture. The Blackhawks still lead the Western Conference by a couple of points.


Sunday February 14th

Arsenal vs Leicester City – 4am NBCSN: Just an amazing story with Leicester City. Can they keep it going at the Emirates?

Manchester City vs Tottenham – 8:15am NBCSN: Spurs sit a point ahead of City and in second place. City looks to recover from a convincing loss to Leicester City last weekend.

Indiana at Michigan State – 10am CBS: Good Ole Fashion Big Ten basketball.

Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings – 12:30pm NBC: An Original Six matchup. Always worth watching.

USC at Arizona – 5pm FS1: Top 25 matchup in the PAC-12.

NBA All Star Game – 5:30pm TNT: If you’re into this sort of thing.

What To Watch: Fri. 1/8 – Sun. 1/10

All times are Pacific.

Friday January 8th

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche – 6pm NHL Gamecenter: These two are separated by two points in the Central.

Utah at Colorado – 6pm FS1: A pleasant surprise for a Friday night.


Saturday January 9th
BisonFCS National Title – 9am ESPN2:
Jacksonville State takes on North Dakota State. The Bison are seeking their 5th straight National Title. To do it, they will need to slow down a very high powered Jacksonville State offense and a defensive line built on SEC transfers. And Jacksonville State’s one loss this year came in overtime at Auburn. The Bison have a tall task in front of them if they want their 5th straight title.

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers – 10am NHL Gamecenter: The Caps are the class of the NHL right now but the Rangers are no slouches. Sprinkle in some rivalry and you got a nice game for a Saturday morning.

Maryland at Wisconsin – 10am ESPN: Still seems weird calling this a Big Ten match-up but it is. This one features the #3 Terps in a very harsh environment in Madison.

Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans – 1:35pm ESPN: The Chiefs are the hottest team entering the playoffs. They have won 10 in a row but the Texans have come together and down it with four different quarterbacks under center.

Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks – 2pm NBA League Pass: Second in the Central vs second in the Southeast.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens – 4pm NHLN: Sidney Crosby gets to play at the Bell Centre on a Saturday night. Sure it’s a real easy ticket to get.

Jim BoeheimUNC at Syracuse – 5pm ESPN: Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim returns to the Orange bench after a nine game suspension. It’s his last season leading the Cuse but we doubt the Tar Heels will show any mercy.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – 5:15pm CBS: Is there anything better than a divisional rivalry masking as a playoff game?

St Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings – 7:30pm NHL Gamecenter: These two are even in points but that means that the Kings lead the Pacific and the Blues sit in third in the Central.


Sunday January 10th

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – 10am NBC: The game has a noon local kickoff time. That should put the temperature around 0 and that’s without the wind chill. Aren’t you glad you don’t have tickets?

Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins – 1:40pm FOX: Boy does benching Robert Griffin III in favor of Kirk Cousins look like a good idea now. Problem is that arguably the best quarterback in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers is on the other sideline. In any event we still have this Cousins gem.

Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets – 4pm NBA League Pass: Paul George of the Pacers is having a heck of a season. He is 7th in scoring which is five slots behind James Harden of the Rockets. These two alone are enough to watch this one.

Villanova at Butler – 4:30pm FS1: Not a bad way to cap off the weekend. A Big East top 25 match-up in the heart of basketball country.

What To Watch: Fri. 12/25 – Sun. 12/27

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 25th

Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder – 11:30am ABC: Two playoff level teams who have enough talent to make some noise come the spring.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – 2pm ABC: Not only is it a rematch of last years NBA Finals but it also features the top teams in the Eastern & Western Conference.

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets – 5pm ESPN: Houston has started to turn it around and the Spurs are….well the Spurs. They are the second best team in the NBA behind Golden State. Maybe Pop will compliment James Harden’s beard?


Saturday December 26th

Liverpool vs Leicester City – 5am NBCSN: The league leading Foxes head to Anfield to take on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

Louisville at Kentucky – 9am CBS: Top 25 men’s basketball matchup between two of the predominant powers. Add the instate battle factor and this game has all the makings of a barn burner.

Miami vs Washington State – 11am CBS: The Sun Bowl is a pretty good one this year as the surprising Washington State Cougars take on the Miami Hurricanes. The Hurricane players are really auditioning for new head coach Mark Richt so their chances of just mailing this one in are low.

Indiana vs Duke – 12:30pm ABC: A bowl game outside in New York on the last weekend of December doesn’t sound like a reward but it is for these two teams. Two very offensive minded coaches squaring off means this game has shootout potential.

Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals – 4pm NHLN: The top team in the Eastern division meets the top team in the Metropolitan division. Plenty of star talent on the ice as well.

Dallas Stars at St Louis Blues – 5pm NHL Gamecenter: These two are battling it out for the top spot in the Central division.

Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators – 5pm NHL Gamecenter: Two evenly matched teams on a Saturday night in the Music City.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:25pm NFL Network: The NFC East leading Redskins try to fly by the Eagles. If they do, they have all but locked up the NFC East and a home playoff game.


Sunday December 27th

Tom BradyNew England Patriots at NY Jets – 1pm CBS: Playoff implications abound in this one. Jets are looking to get a step closer to the postseason while the Pats can lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win.

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals – 1:25pm FOX: While both teams are already in the playoffs, this game could determine who gets a first round bye in the postseason. Two All Pro quarterbacks squaring off makes this one even more fun to watch.

NY Giants at Minnesota Vikings – 5:25pm NBC: Giants need a lot of help to make the playoffs and it won’t be any easier with Odell Beckham Jr suspended. Vikings control their own destiny. They keep winning and they are into the playoffs.