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.

 

What?

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: Goodbye Is Such Sweet Sorrow

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Such

Two Filipino divers gave two of the worst dives ever. No really, we mean ever. Even before the advent of social media there couldn’t have been worse dives then the ones you will witness in the video. Odds are, these two are not going to the Olympics.

Sweet 

Kucherov into post

‘Jesus that must have hurt’, is what most people must have said after Nikita Kucherov went shoulder first into the Chicago Blackhawks goal. He went to the locker room and did not return to Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final. On Sunday it was noted that he was doing ‘considerably better’ .

Sorrow

Michael Sam left the Montreal Alouettes camp on Friday, the day before their first pre season game. While the team issued a statement which cited ‘personal reasons’ for Sam’s departure, we can’t help thinking that this all might be too much for a 25 year old. We do still think that the CFL is the right move and he should pursue it with everything he has.

The Sunday: From Nice To Sweet

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

How Nice It Is

This will probably be the only time we will say the following, ‘what an amazing goal by Steve Cronin.’ This was a thing of beauty.

Not to be outdone, look at the pass from Jose Villareal to Gyasi Zardes.

 

 Ah, Man!

Atlanta Braves third baseman Juan Uribe hit a two-run shot off of SF Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. It’s not the home run but the reaction by Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey that makes this priceless.

damn it

 

Sweet Home Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks finished off the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night to go to their third Stanley Cup since 2010 (they have won the two previous appearances). Two impressive things about this; first, they won the final two games to take the series and second, tickets for the final are going for upwards of $1750 on the secondary market. 

Failing Eventualy Does Matter

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Dan Bylsma was let go yesterday by the Pittsburgh Penguins. It marks the end of a tough six months behind the bench for the Penguins and for Team USA in the Winter Olympics.

Bylsma is the winningest coach in Penguins history (252-117-32) and lead them to a Stanley Cup in 2009 (albeit he came on in February of that year.) But blowing a 3-1 series lead to the New York Rangers may have sealed his fate.

Dan Bylsma

The fact is that Bylsma couldn’t get the Penguins back to the Stanley Cup Final even with players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the ice. While these players have had injuries over the years (Crosby missed most of the 2010-2012 seasons with concussion type symptoms) the Penguins were still a force to be reckoned with and were always an odds on favorite to win the Cup.

Two other things didn’t help Bylsma the first six months of this year. First was the non-medaling performance by Team USA in the Winter Olympics and then a 5-1 shellacking at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on national TV during the Stadium Series.

Bylsma probably won’t be out of work for very long since there are three teams besides Pittsburgh looking for head coaches right now.

While the Penguins organization felt that a change needed to be made the move also points out again that sports is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ business. Yes the expectations are high in Pittsburgh and they should be. Look at the team they have now and the history they have. So remember that while you may hear buzzwords like ‘fail fast’ going around right now, you can only fail for so long before you have to pay the piper.

 

What to Watch Thurs. 6/5 – Sun. 6/8

Thursday June 5th

NBA Finals Game 1 – 6pm ABC: A rematch of last years final as the Miami Heat take on the San Antonio Spurs.

Friday June 6th

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC – 5:30pm MLS Live: These two are always vying to see who the Eastern Conference representative will be in the MLS Cup. In fact, these two teams have represented the East in the last three MLS Cups.

Saturday June 7th

USA vs Nigeria – 3pm ESPN2: The final World Cup warm up game for the US before they head off to Brazil.

The Belmont Stakes – 3:30pm(ish) NBC: Can California Chrome become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978?

Stanley Cup Finals Game 2 – 4pm NBC: A two day layoff? Really NHL? Really NBC? We can’t play a Stanley Cup on Friday night? Oh well, New York Rangers need to steal this one if they want a fighting chance.

UFC Fight Night – 7pm FS1: Some notable names and some good fights on this card. Former Champion Benson Henderson is in the main event while the fight of the night will probably be Ross Pearson vs Diego Sanchez.

Sunday June 8th

NASCAR Pocono 400 – 10am TNT: Jimmie Johnson has won two races in a row and guess what, he won this race last year.

Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada – 11am NBC: Some nice long straightaways for the drivers to open up.

NBA Finals Game 2 – 5pm ABC: Game 2 is usually more important than Game 1 since now you know where you stand.

Not The TV Ratings You’re Looking For

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Lord Stanley

On Wednesday night the New York Rangers will square off against the Los Angeles Kings in the 121st edition of the Stanley Cup Finals. While on paper this may appear to be a great matchup for the NHL with the teams from the top two TV markets squaring off but it could have been better if neither team was in it.

The Kings defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in a thrilling game 7 overtime game on Sunday night. It would have been better for the NHL if the Blackhawks won because they are a bigger TV market when it comes to hockey. In fact Chicago out did the LA as far as viewers are concerned during game 7 by a wide margin.

The Rangers are the Rangers. New York has a tendency to rally around their teams, and not just in New York City. The Buffalo Sabers actually came in second as far as local TV ratings go in the NHL this seasons despite finishing dead last in the league.

The Rangers will probably hold their own but that doesn’t mean that the countries number one TV market always turns out in droves for a New York area team.

Take 2012 when the Kings won their first Stanley Cup at the expense of the New Jersey Devils (who play in Newark, NJ which is in the New York City TV market.) The highest rated game for that series was the decisive game 6. That game did a 3.1 rating. That only would have been the fifth highest rated game in the 2013 Final when Chicago defeated the Boston Bruins in six games.

If the NHL could pick the two teams in the Stanley Cup Final based on TV ratings in the US, it would be a matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Both crush their local TV numbers and have players and brands that transcend the sport.

The fact is the NHL is happy with a Stanley Cup Final featuring teams from the two biggest TV markets in the US. Next time, they should look at their numbers and realize, like the NFL has, that LA isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and it’s better to have a matchup between Original Six teams.