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.

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The Sunday: Delay’s, Injuries and Calling It Quits

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Olympics

Not a fan of the Olympics but a lot of people are. Thus far we have had a French gymnast go straight Joe Theismann on us….

Then this guy yelling….

And we found out that NBC still tape delays events, including the opening ceremony, because they apparently pay enough to have that right. No I didn’t make that up.

The really scary thing is that even though the Olympics is a sporting event, NBC doesn’t see it that way. Business Insider did a great article on NBC’s position and reasoning for tape delaying major events. Here is a hint, they see it more like reality TV.

 

A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez RetiresAlex Rodriguez is retiring. His final game will be this Friday. He’ll end his career with around a .296 avg, 696 home runs, over three thousand hits, three MVP’s and one World Series Title. Rodriguez, along with fellow tainted stars Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, has Hall of Fame numbers but the controversy surrounding him may prevent him from being inducted.

Hidden Camera

Apparently the Oakland A’s strength and conditioning coach had a hidden camera set up in the gym in Oakland. Yahoo Sports has more on this but it just seems strange. Sure there is more to come on this.

Votto

Then Votto makes up for it….

Look Out!

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson was nearly killed by a baseball on Friday night. He’s ok and even in the starting lineup on Saturday night.

Meanwhile San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence bounced a foul ball off of home plate and right to the face Saturday night.

What to Watch: 7/29 – 7/31

All Times Are Pacific.

Friday July 29th

PGA Championship – 10am TNT: Interesting leaderboard and some big names may not make the cut at the last major of the year.

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets – 4pm MLB.TV: Don’t look now but the Rockies have some pitching behind them. Tyler Chatwood heads to the hill to slow down the Mets who sit six games out of first in the NL East.

Calgary StampedersBC Lions at Calgary Stampeders – 7pm ESPN2: A good ole fashion western Canadian rivalry.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants – 7:15pm MLB.TV: Max Scherzer vs Jeff Samardzija. Not bad for two first place teams.

Saturday July 30th

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLBN: Big series for the top spot in the AL East.

PGA Championship – 11am CBS: The guys in contention tee off and coverage runs until 4pm PST.

NYCFC vs Colorado Rapids – Noon MLS.TV: The Rapids have more points than NYCFC but they sit in second and NYCFC sits a top the East. Interesting match up for a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday July 31st

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLB.TV: Rubber match of this series and a solid pitching matchup.

PGA Championship – 11am CBS: Final round action.

Philadelphia Union vs Real Salt Lake – 4pm MLS.TV: The Union are in a dog fight in the Eastern conference and RSL is in the same position out west.

THE SUNDAY: Tributes and Exits

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Passing

With the passing of Tennessee Women’s head coach Pat Summitt this week, former players have been telling fantastic stories and paying tribute to the late coach. Players like Candace Parker who is considered by many to be one if not the best players to ever come out of Tennessee.

Buddy Ryan, former NFL head coach, architect of the infamous ’85 Chicago Bears defense and father to current Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan passed away on the same day as Summitt. Ryan created the ’46’ defense which was actually named after the strong safety. It was explained in Tim Layden’s book ‘Blood, Sweat and Chalk’. 

 

Upset

Serena didn’t like that racket.

Then later in the week American Sam Querrey defeated world #1 Novak Djokovic.

How Not To Celebrate

Montreal Alouttes Duron Carter (son of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter) celebrated his amazing touchdown catch by knocking down the Ottawa RedBlacks head coach. A may lay ensued.

The Al’s have fined the receiver and the CFL is set to leave punishment Monday or Tuesday. It will be tough for the Al’s since they lost their other top receiver SJ Green for the season during the same game.

This Week in Baseball

Troy Tulowitzki returned to Coors Field on Monday to a standing ovation. He then struck out looking.

The next night the Blue Jays and Rockies were delayed for some three hours due to a hail storm that passed through the Denver metro area.

Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant had a helluva game this week. How is 5-for-5 with three homers and two doubles sound?

 

Brexit

While the British people voted to exit from the European Union, the men’s national team did their own version of a Brexit from the EURO 2016. They were knocked out of the tournament by Iceland in a match that was never close. The most entertaining part was  ESPN announcers Ian Darke and Steve McManaman absolutely ripping the England side. Manager Roy Hodgson resigned after the match.

What To Watch: Fri. 7/1 -Sun. 7/3

All times are Pacific.

Friday July 1st

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays – 10am MLB.tv: The Tribe have been on fire. So much so that they are the hottest team in baseball. Jays are tough at home and it is Canada Day.

Wales vs Belgium – Noon ESPN2: Wales is still trucking in the Euro 2016 but this might be too big of a hill to climb.

Chicago Cubs at NY Mets -4pm MLBN: Two playoff teams from a year ago and by looks of it this year they’ll be back in the playoffs again. Hammel goes for the Cubs while deGrom goes for the Mets.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Calgary Stampeders – 7pm ESPN2: Both teams are coming off of embarrassing losses in week one but for completely different reasons. Both should make big strides this week.

Real Salt Lake vs DC United – 7:30pm UniMas: This is a solid match on paper. The X factor will be how DC United adjust to playing in ‘the fortress’, also known as Rio Tinto Stadium.

Saturday July 2nd

BikingTour de France – 3:30am NBCSN: Stage 1 of the 103rd Tour de France gets underway from Mont-Saint-Michel and ends at Utah Beach.

Germany vs Italy – Noon ESPN2: I am sure that there is some sort World War II joke here but we’ll just leave it at this…..

Apparently when you win a World Cup and embarrass Brazil in the process you can smell yourself during a match in France.

Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution – 2:30pm MLS.TV: The Revs can tie the Impact in point with a win but that is easier said than done when you have to travel to the great white north.

Nascar Coca-Cola 400 – 4:15pm NBC: Primetime racing from Daytona.

Sunday July 3rd

Tour de France – 5am NBCSN: Stage 2. No biggie, just one of the toughest races in all of sports.

NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls – 9am ESPN: A New York Derby match for your holiday weekend. These teams are only separated by a point but the last time they got together at Yankee Stadium the Red Bulls piled on the goals in route to a 7-0 win. Expect things to be different this time.

France vs Iceland – Noon ESPN: Oh c’mon, you know you want to see the miracle run by a nation of less than 400k continue. Go Iceland!

The Sunday: Fighting, Fires and Freebies

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


MMA In Baseball

It’s safe to that the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays don’t like each other. it goes back to last years playoff series that the Blue Jays won. Things escalated last Sunday after Jose ‘The Bat Flipper’ Bautista’s slide into second. Rangers shortstop Rougned Odor didn’t take to kindly to it and then the beginnings of an MMA fight broke out. Odor was later suspended for eight games.

Dinner

Speaking of MMA, you know you’ve made it when fans pick up your dinner. UFC Featherweight Champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson had that happen to him this past week.

Horses

Two horses died in the pre races before the Preakness and one jockey broke his collarbone. One was euthanized on the track after breaking it’s left front cannon bone and the other appeared to die of a heart attack after winning a race.

Set Fire To The Place

What happens when your team gets relegated in the Turkish league? Set fire to the place. Literally.

The Flop

Cmon LeBron…you’re better than this.

Steph Curry Moment of the Week

Steph Curry dove into the stands to save a ball and then in the 2nd half he had 15 points in under two minutes. To add insult to injury he gave Serge Ibaka the no look three.

Not to be outdone, somehow Andre Iguodala made this shot….

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. 10/23 – Sun. 10/25

All times are Pacific.

Friday October 23rd

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabers – 4pm NLHN: Habs are off to a 7-0-0 start but Buffalo has rookie sensation Jack Eichel.

Memphis at Tulsa – 5pm ESPN: Memphis is coming off a huge win against Ole Miss. Tulsa is the nations 6th ranked offense while Memphis is 10th. Shootout Possibility Factor: High.

Toronto Blue Jays at KC Royals – 5pm FS1: Game 6 and the Jays send David Price to the mound who has lost his last seven post season starts.

 

Saturday October 24th

Deshaun Watson Clemson

Clemson at Miami – 9am ABC: Clemson is just about a lock for the College Football Playoff unless they stumble here which is entirely possible. Miami is a tough place to play. You also get to watch the two best QB’s in the ACC in Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Miami’s Brad Kaaya.

Tennessee at Alabama – 12:30pm CBS: Third Saturday in October means one thing, Tennessee vs Bama. Can the Vols finally put four quarters of football together against the Tide? Are the Tide on let down alert?

Texas A&M at Ole Miss – 4pm ESPN: Both teams have a conference loss. Both are coming off of tough, embarrassing loss. Both need this game.

Utah at USC – 4:30pm FOX: Some people consider Utah the best team in the country but USC has enough talent to beat anybody in the country.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks – 5:30pm NHLN: A rematch of last years Stanley Cup Final.

Toronto Blue Jays at KC Royals – 5pm FS1 (If Necessary): Game 7 if it’s needed.

 

Sunday October 25th

Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars – 6:30am Yahoo: First ever NFL regular season game streamed live on Yahoo. Should be a decent game and you can watch on your tablet as you lay in bed.

Manchester United vs Manchester City – 7am NBCSN: It’s a Manchester Derby on a Sunday morning.

NY Jets at NE Patriots – 10am CBS: Undefeated Pats take on a solid Jets team.

United States Grand Prix – Noon NBC: F1 in Austin, Texas.

MLS Decision Day – 2pm/4pm: First ever “Decision Day” in MLS. The real action is out west where Portland, Sporting KC, Seattle and San Jose are all competing for three playoff spots.

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers – 5:30pm NBC: Undefeated Panthers welcome the Eagles who seem to be putting it together.

The Sunday: The Flip, The Catch, The Death, The End

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

The Flip

Jose Bautista’s three run homer in the bottom of the seventh in game five of the ALDS was the cap to one of the most unique innings in baseball. So unique that FOX gave it is’t own special on Friday night. Even with that, the coolest thing ever may have been Bautista’s bat flip. It’s being recreated in pumpkin carvings and tattoos.

 

The Catch

Stanford wide receiver Francis Owusu made one of the most amazing catches you will ever see. Better yet, it was on a reverse – flea flicker play where the quarterback, Kevin Hogan, lined up at wide receiver.

 

The Death

bevoUniversity of Texas mascot Bevo XIV passed away with this week due to a bovine leukemia. Bevo won seven bowl games during his tenure including the 2005 National Championship. He missed Texas upset win over Oklahoma two weeks ago but he was clearly there in spirit. Rest well our friend.

 

 

 

The End

There are no words for what happened in Ann Arbor last evening. It may be, in fact, the greatest end to college football game in the history of the sport.

Some still don’t believe it happened, like this TV reporter from WZZM. 

What to Watch Fri. 10/16 – Sun. 10/18

All times are Pacific.

Friday October 16th

Toronto Blue Jays at KC Royals – 4:30pm FOX: Let the ALCS begin!

Cincinnati at BYU – 5pm ESPN: Cincy games are never boring and BYU’s rarely are.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Sporting KC – 8pm UniMas: SKC is currently in the playoffs if the season ended today and San Jose is on the outside looking in but not by much.

 

REMOTE-contrast

Saturday October 17th

Tottenham vs Liverpool – 4:45am NBCSN: The Jurgen Klopp era begins for Liverpool.

Everton vs Manchester United – 7am NBCSN: Everton is only three points back of United.

Ole Miss at Memphis – 9am ABC/ESPN: Memphis is the team no one wants to talk about. Head Coach Justin Fuente will become the hottest coach in American after Memphis upsets the Rebels.

Michigan State at Michigan – 12:30pm ABC: Well, let’s see who is really a contender in the Big Ten.

Alabama at Texas A&M – 12:30pm CBS: Last time these two met in College Station, the final score was 49-42.

Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens – 4pm NHLN: It’s never too early to enjoy and Original 6 matchup.

Florida at LSU – 5pm ESPN: Baton Rouge at night against a Florida team that just lost it’s starting quarterback.

Arizona State at Utah – 7pm ESPN: A little late night PAC-12 action. Shootout possibility = high.

 

Sunday October 18th

Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers – 10am FOX: Arizona head man and former Steelers OC Bruce Arians returns to town with an impressive Cardinals team. Steelers may still have one of the most exciting backs in the NFL in Le’veon Bell.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Montreal Alouettes – 10am ESPN2: A little CFL for your Sunday. This one could decide the Eastern Conference.

Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – 1pm FOX: Panthers are 4-0 but this is probably the toughest place to play in the NFL.

LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers – 4pm  FS1: LA is in the playoffs but Portland is still fighting to make it.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts – 5:30pm NBC: Andrew Luck returns for the Colts but it may not matter against Gronk and company.