The Sunday – It’s Playoff Season

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 4.15.2018

The Stanley Cup Playoffs

It’s arguably the best postseason in all of sports. And the opening games proved why.

The scoring….




The game winner…

And how excited are people in Las Vegas about the Golden Knights? Well how bout this send off for Game 3.

Buzzer Beater

Well the NBA Playoffs started too, and this was an awesome shot to send the game into OT.

Make Ya Smile

This is just a great story. A professional career stuck in the minors and when you get the call, you light it up.


Then there is this. Rex Culpepper throws a touchdown. It may not sound like a big deal but to him it is. In fact, he starts his second round of chemo on Monday because he is battling testicular cancer.


What To Watch: 4/1 – 4/3

All times Pacific.

Friday April 1st

New England Revolution vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm UniMas: These two were the cream of the crop last year in the east and should be again this year.

Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings – 4:30pm NHLN: The Wild are holding on to the last playoff spot in the west while the Red Wings are two points out of the last spot in the east. So yes, there is a lot on the line.

Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks – 5pm ESPN: Two of the top teams in the east look to fine tune things before the playoffs.

Washington Capitals at Colorado Avalanche – 6pm NHL.TV: The Avs are playoff hopes are fading fast but whatever glimmer of hope they do have Ovi and the crew look to crush it.

Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors – 7:30 ESPN: Warriors are zeroing in on the best season in NBA history. To get to 73 wins, they have to beat a solid Celtics team.


Saturday April 2nd

Liverpool vs Tottenham – 9:30am NBC: Liverpool looks to give the high flying Spurs a reality check with only a few games left in the season.

Pittsburgh Penguins at NY Islanders – 10am NHL.TV: The Isles are in hot pursuit of the Pens playoff spot. Seeding could be all the difference when it comes to the chase for Lord Stanley.

FC Barcelona vs Real MadridBarcelona vs Real Madrid – 11:30am beIN Sports: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Bale, Rodriguez, Neymar, Suarez…yeah, there is some world class talent on the pitch.

Dallas Stars at LA Kings – 1pm NHL.TV: Playoff preview. Watch it.

Villanova vs Oklahoma – 3pm TBS: Game one of two to decide who gets to play for all the marbles come Monday. Keep and eye on Buddy Hield from OU. He is probably the best player in the country.

Colorado Rapids vs Toronto FC: 5pm MLS LIVE: The Rapids are worth watching….at least thus far. TFC brings a lot of talent and fire power so the Rapids defense will be tested often.

Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls – 5pm NBA.TV: Bulls have got to stop the bleeding if they want to be in the playoffs. It starts with beating the Pistons at home.

Sporting KC vs Real Salt Lake – 5:30pm MLS LIVE: These are played for MLS Cup just two short years ago in KC. They are very different now but it’s still a good one.

Syracuse vs North Carolina – 5:45pm TBS: This is may be an ACC matchup (UNC won the two meetings during the regular season) and UNC has the Cuse out gunned. But Syracuse has nothing to lose and their coach has been here before.


Sunday April 3rd

St Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates – 10am ESPN: Baseball is back! Two playoff teams from a year ago.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets – 12:30pm ABC: OKC has a playoff spot sown up but the Rockets are desperately trying to get in. This is a tall order for Harden and Co.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays – 1pm ESPN2: Division rivals in arguably the toughest division in baseball. Bat flip anyone?

Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins – 2pm NHL.TV: Flyers are desperately trying to hold on to that last playoff spot in the east.

Orlando City vs Portland Timbers – 5pm FS1: Orlando City is an outpost and no where near Portland, Oregon. Will the travel, atmosphere and weather effect the MLS Cup Champs?

Portland TrailBlazers at Golden State Warriors – 5pm NBA,TV: Both are bound for the playoffs but the thing to keep your eye on here is Damian Lillard. He can provide the Warriors plenty of headaches.

NY Mets at KC Royals – 5:30pm ESPN: Sunday night baseball is a rematch of last years World series.


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.

acCUSE-d Of Not Paying Enough Attention

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport. He has been the head coach at his alma mater since 1976 and will probably retire after next season. He has spent a lifetime building a legacy that is now going to be tarnished because he wasn’t micromanaging the basketball program enough.

Jim Boeheim

The NCAA investigation pointed out some not so good things about Syracuse basketball. This included academic fraud and improper payments to players by a booster. It’s bad but many feel that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. That punishment includes vacating wins and suspending Boeheim for several conference games next season.

The 94-page NCAA report reads in part, ‘the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff…‘ which is a direct slap in the face to Boeheim. The NCAA uses this line to essentially say that the coach should have known what was going on. Boeheim took responsibility and apologized even though he feels that the program was far from running amuck. Regardless, Syracuse will give up scholarships, vacate wins in both basketball and football and the AD has even stepped down.

These sanctions fall on the basketball program while the memory of the Bernie Fine incident is still fresh on everyone’s mind. Boeheim withstood that storm but these latest sanctions appeared to be the straw that broke the 70 year olds back.

Essentially it’s been one thing after another since Boeheim led Syracuse to the  NCAA Title back in 2003. Yes he probably isn’t as “on top” of the program as he was back when he was 50 but who really is “on top” of their program? There are only so many hours in the day and the job is hard enough to do when you are in your 40’s much less in your 70’s.

Does Boeheim deserve to be run out of the game by the NCAA because of these latest violations? Probably not but he is getting a bit of a break. He is getting his choice as to when to leave when a coach of lesser standing may have been fired on the spot. Regardless if the NCAA vacates wins or not, we know who was standing on the sideline for Syracuse during that time. We know the legacy Boeheim built and not even the NCAA can take that away from the memory of basketball fans.

What to Watch Fri. 2/28-Sun. 3/2

Friday Feb. 28th

St. Louis Blues @ Anaheim Ducks – 7pm NHL GameCenter: The Blues have flown under the radar all season long. This is a true test for both teams and an awesome game to kick off the NHL’s first weekend back.

Saturday March. 1st

New York Rangers @ Philadelphia Flyers – 10am NHL GamerCenter: Because it’s the Rangers vs the Flyers.

Syracuse @ Virginia – 1pm ESPN: The Cuse have stumbled a few times recently but this is still a huge road game for them in the ACC. This could also really bolster UVA’s tournament seed if they can win.

Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – 4pm NHL GameCenter: How bout another classic rivalry for Saturday.

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Chicago Blackhawks – 5pm-ish NBC: Lord knows when this game will actually start (it is NBC after all) but it’s outside in Chicago some of the NHL’s best talent on display.

Kansas @ Oklahoma State – 6pm ESPN: You just know that this one is going to be a dogfight.

Sunday March. 2nd

Marquette @ Villanova – 11am CBS: The last time these two played it was went into OT. Expect the same intensity this time around.

Golden State Warriors @ Toronto Raptors – 1pm NBA League Pass: Believe it or not this is a battle between the #1 team in the Atlantic and the #2 team in the Pacific. Who knew?

Ottawa Senators @ Vancouver Canucks -1pm NBCSN: Another outdoor game this time on the West Coast. Holla!

Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers – 4pm NBCSN: A tough stretch for the Rangers but hey, if anyone can pull out some wins it’ll be these guys.

What To Watch Fri. 2/21-Sun. 2/23

Friday February. 21st

Olympic Hockey: USA vs Canada – 9am NBCSN: A rematch of the 2010 Gold Medal game. It’s the game everyone had circled before the Olympics began.

Boston Celtics @ LA Lakers 7:30pm ESPN: The game was not what is once was but it’s still the Celtics and the Lakers.

Saturday February. 22nd

Everton @ Chelsea – 4am NBCSN: Everton needs to start gaining three points if they want a chance of European football next season.

Louisville @ Cincinnati – 9am CBS: We’re getting down to the wire in college basketball and this game kicks off a critical weekend.

Wisconsin @ Iowa – 9am ESPN2: Another weekend and another Big Ten top 25 battle. This is one of two for this weekend.

Syracuse @ Duke – 4pm ESPN: Last game they played against each other was just awesome. This one should be no different.

Texas @ Kansas – 4:30 pm ESPNU: Big game in the Big 12. If Texas really wants to claim that they are back then a win in Lawrence would make a huge statement.

UFC 170 – 7pm PPV: Ronda Rousey is the new face of the UFC believe it or not. She win’s this fight against Sara McMann and it may be question of who can actually stop this woman.

Sunday February 23

Olympic  Hockey Gold Medal Game – 4am NBC: It’s the Gold Medal game. Or the equivalent of Hockey’s ‘World Cup’.

Michigan St @ Michigan – 9am CBS: Last game came down to the final seconds and Michigan State is looking for revenge.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Oklahoma City Thunder – 10am ABC: Should be a high scoring game with a lot of dunks.


What to Watch Sat. 2/1-Mon. 2/3

Saturday February 2nd

Ohio State @ Wisconsin – 9am ESPN: Both teams need this win in probably the toughest conference in college basketball.

Michigan State @ Georgetown – Noon FOX Sports 1: A rare February out of conference game for both teams. G’town isn’t what it was but a win against a top 10 team could do wonders for their tourney chances.

Philadelphia Flyers at Los Angeles Kings – 1pm NHLN:  Flyers on a West Coast road swing with a matinee in LA. Could be a battle of styles.

Duke at Syracuse – 3:30pm ESPN: It’s big game and now it’s a big conference game. Two legendary coaches in primetime. The Carrier Dome will be one rocking joint.

UFC 169 – 7pm PPV: Two title fights and then two heavyweights who both need a win. Both champions, Renan Barao and Jose Aldo have ridiculous unbeaten streaks going on but if anyone stands a chance it’s Urijah Faber and Ricardo Lamas.

Sunday February 3rd

Michigan @ Indiana – 10am CBS: A little Big 10 basketball as an appetizer for the Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos – 3:30pm FOX: Don’t be fooled with the right hour pre game FOX is putting on. Either way, enough story lines in this game to write a best seller. Weather shouldn’t be a factor, enjoy.

Monday February 4th

Chelsea @ Manchester City – Noon NBCSN: A Super Bowl desert. Chelsea wins and they tie Man City for first place (barring an Arsenal draw or loss).