The Sunday – Hops, Breaks and Trolls

Compile by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.30.2017

Baseball….It’s More Than You Think

Craziest Double Play Ever?

 

Ouch

Nashville predators winger Kevin Fiala went crashing into the boards in game 1 of their second round matchup against the St Louis Blues. Other than the broken left femur he is otherwise in good shape.

 

The Draft

Every spring NFL gather around the television to not watch an NFL game. It’s an event in and of itself with usually some memorable moments.

The Ultimate Trolling Moment

The WTF Moment

Neat

Winners of the Draft

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


The 2016 NFL Draft is finally over and the Cleveland Browns came out on top. No I am not kidding. The Browns traded out of the second slot in the first round, accumulated draft picks and then snagged former PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year Scooby Wright III with the 250th pick in the seventh round. Yes, they won but they were not the only winners.

The Browns need a lot of help on the field and while there seems to finally be some direction in the front office, only time will tell if they got the help they needed. The front office did send all of the right signals by moving out of the number two slot in the first and ending up with 14 picks overall.

Their first round pick, Corey Coleman, may be the best wide receiver in the draft while third round pick Carl Nassib was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and has a lot of room to grow. Throw in former USC quarterback Cody Kessler, Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins and the aforementioned Wright and that is a heck of a draft.

The Browns were not the only winners. Many feel that the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos all had outstanding drafts.

The Jags walk away with arguably two top 10 picks with cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Myles Jack. Jack fell into the second round due to health concerns but even with those concerns, he’s still one of the better athletes in the draft.

The Rams traded up to get Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick but then took South Carolina wideout Pharoh Cooper in the fourth round and signed all time PAC-12 receptions leader Nelson Spruce as a free agent. Talk about surrounding your new QB with weapons.

Eddie YarbroughDenver traded up to get their QB of the future in Paxton Lynch. Add in former Utah running back Devontae Booker along with free agents wide receiver Bralon Addison of Oregon and defensive end Eddie Yarbrough of Wyoming. The defending Super Bowl champs proved to be shrewd and calculated.

We won’t really know what teams did well and what teams didn’t do well for a few years. At first glance the Browns, Jags, Rams and Broncos seem to be headed in the right direction. He chose well, filled needs and didn’t over stretch. Now let’s see if it pans out.

The Sunday: Up In Smoke

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Draft

The NFL Draft is done and it wasn’t short on stories. The big one of course was that of Ole Miss offensive tackle and now Miami Dolphin Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil was going to be a top pick and is still going to make plenty of money playing for the Dolphins. However he would have made more if a certain video hadn’t been released 10 minutes before the draft.

The video shows Tunsil smoking a bong with a gas mask on (pretty impressive). He claims his account was hacked. The timeliness of this video and the inability by teams to verify it, meant that a couple of teams pulled Tunsil off of their draft board all together. Then after he was drafted he revealed that he had received money while at Ole Miss.

While Tunsil-drama was occurring, other players sat anxiously by the phone. This included former PAC-12 Defensive Player of the year Scooby Wright who jumped into the pool fully clothed after being selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 7th round.

Meanwhile Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker gave his family an emotional speech after not being drafted. He later signed with Buffalo.

 

For The Dogs

A dog invaded the pitch during a Pumas match in Mexico City this week. It was as amazing as it sounds.

 

Only After

The Yankees vs Red Sox games can be intense. Two of the more polarizing figures heading towards the end of their careers are being a little softer this year. The Yankees Alex Rodriguez gave a bat to a kid who lost his father to cancer last year but only after that bat hit a homerun.

 

 

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.

The Final Interview

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


The NFL Draft is upon us and while the ‘industrial draft complex’ is in full swing this time of year, this is in the enter a hiring event. Some players will be hired with a big salary, others with a low salary and some will not get hired at all. But some of those trying to get a job know this and there are some of the those who deserve a job anyway.

Scooby Wright III. Yes you read that right and that is his name. His twitter handle, TwoStarScoob. Why? That’s how many “stars” he was given as high school football recruit (max is five).

Scooby is a linebacker who came out of Arizona after his junior season in order to get a job in the NFL. A junior season in which he only played in a few games due to multiple injuries. He returned from all of the injuries to help Arizona to a bowl victory over New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl. A game in which he had 15 total tackles, 11 of those solo and two sacks. Oh and he was also PAC-12 defensive player of the year in 2014.

But Scooby will not be drafted/hired in the first round and probably not the second either.

He isn’t the “prototypical NFL linebacker” when it comes to size and speed. The scouts will say he can’t do this or can’t do that. The hiring managers will find something on the resume that they do not like.

Scooby is a smart guy and realizes what the doubters will say. He knows that some things on his resume don’t pass muster with the hiring manager. That is why his post in The Players’ Tribune is all the more impressive.

Scooby understands that the NFL Draft is a step in the job interview process. The combine, the private workouts, all of it is part of a process. And like applying for any job, there are requirements that you just don’t have.

Not enough experience, no previous experience in this or that and the new favorite…not a good culture fit. For Scooby it’s the size (six foot even) and speed (4.87 40 yard dash) and the fact that he hasn’t been in an NFL locker room before.

But before you feel too bad Scooby just remember, someone will give him a chance and he will in all reality prove to those that past on him……shame on you.

Another job candidate is Colorado fullback Jordan Murphy.

Murphy never carried the ball at Colorado but is trying to make it in the NFL anyway. His story reminds us all why you should always follow your dreams.

Murphy was in the Aurora theatre the night that James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others back in 2012.

So Murphy put in his application with the NFL. He knows his qualifications are probably not what the hiring manager is looking for but he also knows that he only needs one person to give him a shot.

As you listen to ‘draft experts’ and analysis from various coached during the 2016 NFL Draft, just think to yourself, ‘would I want my interview on TV?’

You Can’t Go Back

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Now that bowl season has wound down and the NFL playoffs kick into high gear this weekend, this is about the time that college kids start making some dumb decisions. They exit school early for the NFL Draft. A lot are ready but many are not and when it comes to quarterbacks, two in particular (Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff) could use more time in the oven.

Paxton LynchPaxton Lynch is a three year starter out of Memphis. He has the size, mobility and a decent arm but in no way is he going to be confused with John Elway. He looked great at times but he also struggled at times like in the bowl game against Auburn.

Where Lynch has slipped is in his accuracy and looking off his first read. While a lot of times in the Memphis offense it was take the snap and throw to your first read, Lynch didn’t have to look for anyone else. His completion percentage improved over the years but with a catch and throw style, that should improve.

JaredGoffJared Goff is like Lynch. Three year starter, spread offense and has a very good arm. Goff like Lynch struggled at times. Goff’s are more obvious than Lynch’s in that Goff would throw interceptions against top defenses on the road.

In Goff’s ESPN Gameday, first big road test against Utah….he threw five interceptions. Against Oregon he completed less than 50% of his throws and in The Big Game against Stanford, it was a lot of underneath throws in Cal’s sixth straight loss to the Cardinal.

Look, Bucky Brooks, Todd McShay, David Benoit, Mike Mayock and others know a whole lot more about this than I do but I know what I see. What I see are two quarterbacks who may be faces of the franchise in two to three years but are not top 10 NFL picks right now. Yes their upside is tremendous but they could both use an extra year of seasoning. An NFL team would be better off trading down and grabbing North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz or Michigan State’s Connor Cook in the second round.

If they are forced to start right away for Cleveland OR San Francisco then they will struggle big time and it may be a struggle they don’t recover from. They both need to sit two years at least. It would only be one year if they stayed in school another year. One thing is certain now, they cannot go back to playing college football.

What To Watch Fri. 5/1 – Sun. 5/3

All Times Are Pacific

Friday May 1st

NY Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 4pm MLB.TV: It’s the Yankees and the Red Sox at Fenway. You need no other reason.

NFL Draft – 4pm NFL Network: Rounds 2 & 3 in primetime.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens – 4pm NBCSN: This should be a heck of series. Watch how little Carey Price moves in goal for the Habs.

Atlanta Hawks at Brooklyn Nets – 5pm ESPN: Game 6 in Brooklyn.

Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks – 6:30pm NBCSN: It’s a heck of a weekend in Chicago. NFL Draft and playoff hockey.

 

Saturday May 2nd

NFL Draft – 9am NFL Network: Rounds 4-7. Hey, it’s football related.

Washington Capitals at NY Rangers – 9:30am NBC: Game two in Madison Square Garden. Big names, big arena, and a big series.

Kentucky Derby – 3:20pm NBC: It’s the 141st running of the Derby. Cue the big hats and mint juleps.

DC United vs Columbus Crew – 4pm MLS Live: 3 points separate these two teams in the Eastern Conference standings. The Screamin Eagles will be in full voice for this one.

San Antonio Spurs at LA Clippers – 5pm TNT: Game 7 and the defending champs have their backs against the wall. Losing team probably gets dismantled.

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao – 8:30pm PPV: Well we have waited long enough for this fight. Let’s do this.

Mayweather

 We see you Money

 

Sunday May 3rd

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City – 8am NBCSN: Well if you’re still alive from the amazing sports Saturday, have a little hair of the dog and pull up a chair for this English Premier League matchup.

NASCAR Geico 500 – 10am FOX: Talladega is a calling.

Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors – 12:30pm ABC: Let’s kick off round 2 with two of the best teams in the NBA all year long.

LA Angels at SF Giants – 1pm MLB.TV: Mike Trout vs Buster Posey. Not a bad way to end the weekend. Oh and Tim Lincecum vs Jered Weaver on the hill.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens – 3pm NBCSN: Game 2 in the Bell Centre.

NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders – 4pm FS1: Well the uniforms should be colorful.

Calgary Flames at Anaheim Ducks – 7pm CNBC: Game 2 in this Western Conference showdown.

 

The Best Day In Sports. Period.

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

It may be a cosmic event or maybe just plain old luck. Either way, Saturday May 2, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the greatest days in sports history. Just about every major professional sport will be represented and then some. The only question is, is it too much?

Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Let’s start with the one off, the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. They won’t actually start fighting until around 8:30pm Pacific standard time (PST) on Saturday at which point they will truly begin to split the estimated $300 million in pay-per-view money. 60-40 to Mayweather of course. It’s the biggest fight boxing has seen since Mayweather took on Oscar De La Hoya. It will probably be the last great matchup for a generation.

Before this of course is a smorgasbord of sporting events.

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will take place around 3:25pm PST. It’s the one time a year that a wide spectrum of people care about horse racing and women get to wear big hats.

The events that we are use to seeing this time of year are of course Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, and the NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft is the only event where there isn’t any actual sporting activity happening. But this is a football nation and people will be glued to the draft (even the later rounds which will be happening on Saturday). It will be the first time that the Draft has been outside of New York City and the second time that it has been held in the month of May.

Yes, this may go down as the greatest day in sports history. Is it too much though? That’s for you to decide for yourself. There certainly won’t be a lack of options on Saturday that’s for sure. Our advice is to pace yourself and try to find a couple of people to split the $100 Mayweather vs Pacquiao ppv.

The Other Takeaway

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

While the sports landscape is being dominated by Donald Sterling and Michael Sam one interesting detail flew below the headlines this past weekend. The University of Texas did not have a player drafted in the NFL Draft for the first time since 1937.

Texas Longhorns

The players that were eligible for the 2014 draft were part of the 2009 recruiting class (more or less). The 2009 recruiting class at Texas ranked #3 according to ESPN and #5 according to Rivals respectively. Not one of the them was drafted by an NFL team. In fact, that class had a 31-20 record at Texas.

This should be a clear indicator as to why former Texas Head Coach Mack Brown is out of a job. It should also point to why the new Head Coach is Charlie Strong was hired on.

Coach Strong’s previous team, Louisville, had three players taken in the first round of this years draft and four overall. According to Rivals.com,  the 2009 recruiting class at Louisville ranked 77th.

That brings us to the other major take away, recruiting rankings mean nothing at the end of the day. NOTHING.

 

What To Watch Fri. 5/9 – Sun. 5/11

Friday May 9th

NFL Draft – 5-8:30pm ESPN/NFL Network: It’s rounds two and three. Why not? It’s something to go back to during commercial break.

Indiana Pacers @ Washington Wizards – 5pm ESPN: The Pacers are making the playoffs much more interesting than it should be.

Chicago Blackhawks @ Minnesota Wild – 6:30pm NBCSN:  If Minnesota can pull off a home win in game four then this could go all seven games.

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Clippers – 7:30pm ESPN: Just go watch MVP Kevin Durant’s acceptance speech & then tell me you don’t want to watch this guy.

Saturday May 10th

NFL Draft – 9am-5pm ESPN/NFL Network: It’s rounds four through seven. Again, it’s something to go back to during commercial break.

San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers – 1pm FS1: One of the best rivalries in all of baseball.

Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins – 4pm NBCSN:  Series is tied at 2-2. It’s everything we thought it would be.

UFC Fight Night – 7pm FS1: Matt Brown vs Erik Silva. This is a stand and trade in the middle of the Octagon fight. They should walk into the cage around 9pm.

San Antonio Spurs @ Portland TrailBlazers – 7:30pm ESPN: Game three in Portland. It will be loud and Portland needs all the help it can get.

Sunday May 11th

Championship Sunday – 7am NBC Family of Networks: This is impressive. Every Premier League game will be broadcast on NBCs networks. This should be impressive. When has that much soccer been on TV at one time in this country? Hats off if you watch West Brom vs Stoke on Oxygen.

San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers – 1pm FS1: One of the best rivalries in all of baseball and today will be Tim Hudson vs Clayton Kershaw.

Seattle Sounders @ New England Revolution – 3pm MLS LIVE: See the best player in MLS (Seattle’s Clint Dempsey) and the best young player in MLS (Diego Fagundez for New England).