The Sunday – The Return Of Unpredictable

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 9.3.2017

Best

There are no words. It’s just awesome.

Focus And Failures

How bout New York Mets field reporter Steve Gelbs on Saturday? In the middle of a piece and just snags a foul ball.

This guy….not such a good grab.

Best Of Saturday

And this guy is never going to live it down….

Look out….

Troll of the Week

How bout the Vegas Golden Knights trolling the San Jose Sharks.

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The Sunday – Endings, Catches and Big Hits

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 10.2.2016

Endings

Vin Scully signs off.

Big Papis days coming to an end.

 

Ryan Howard tips his cap to Philly.

 

Catches and Throws

Odell Beckham Jr is getting a lot of heat lately. Probably because the ball guy had a better catch than he did. What you got OBJ?

Beer thrown…

 

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College Football Saturday

Another Week and another big lick on the Big Toe.

Let the big guy score.

When you play in a hurricane, everything is harder. The only touchdown in the Notre Dame at NC State game came this way. Notre Dame’s two games in the Carolina’s since ‘joining’ the ACC, both played in driving rain storms.

With all the wet weather it’s only appropriate that Navy gets the biggest upset of the weekend and possibly the year.

And do they get in return for the upset? How bout a day off?

A little something for the boys.

Tennessee at Texas A&M had some massive hits and a ton of stoppages due to injuries. In fact the game lasted some 5 hours. The biggest hit though may have been on the line judge.

College Football Viewing Guide

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


All times are Pacific.

Thursday September 1st

Butch Jones Appalachian State at Tennessee – 4:30pm SEC Network: Tennessee has received plenty of hype this off season. App State is no gimmie win for the Vols. The Mountaineers return 15 from a team that went 11-2 a year ago. This game will show if the Vols can tune out all the hype and focus on what they need to do.

Friday September 2nd

Colorado State vs Colorado – 5pm ESPN: The Rocky Mountain Showdown from Mile High Stadium. The two teams have split the last four games and last years match up went into overtime. One of the more underrated rivalries out there.

Kansas State at Stanford – 6pm FS1: Watch this game for one reason and one reason only, Christian McCaffrey.

 

Friday September 3rd

Georgia Tech vs Boston College – 4:30am ESPN2: It’s another year with a game from Ireland. Hey, this is like a full 17 hours of college football if you start with this one.

Oklahoma vs Houston – 9am ABC: Oklahoma hopes to get back to the College Football Playoff behind Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield but Houston is looking to go undefeated and be the Non Power 5 party crasher.

UCLA at Texas A&M – 12:30pm CBS: UCLA could make their first ever trip to the College Football playoff. A win in College Station would be a massive step in accomplishing that goal but it won’t be easy.

USC vs Alabama – 5pm ABC: Bama’s yearly trip to Dallas and this year they get a USC team that should make it a game for a half.

Clemson at Auburn – 6pm ESPN: Auburn has to be better this year or Gus Malzahn is out as head coach. Clemson is a heavy favorite to run the table and make it back to the National Championship game. They will be led by Mr Everything Deshaun Watson and they get their top receiver back from injury.

BYU at Arizona – 7:30pm FS1: BYU won their opener last year against Nebraska on a last second desperation throw from the backup QB. Zona needs to jump on them early.

Sunday September 4th

Notre Dame at Texas – 4:30 ESPN: The Fighting Irish will play two quarterbacks and no one but the Longhorns know who will be their quarterback. Texas head coach Charlie Strong could use a marquee win to help his team on the way back to the post-season and last years game in South Bend was an embarrassment.

Monday September 5th

Dalvin Cook Ole Miss vs Florida State – 5pm ESPN: The Seminoles will be without quarterback Sean Maguire but they still have a roster loaded with NFL talent including running back Dalvin Cook. Ole Miss lost a ton of guys to the NFL draft but they still have signal caller Chad Kelly to run Hugh Freeze’s ‘guess what I am gonna do next’ offense.

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.

Lost Respect

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lovie Smith, USC’s Steve Sarkisian, Oakland Raiders Dennis Allen, and Penn State’s Joe Paterno. What do they have in common? All were fired either over the phone or via email.

Lovie SmithLovie Smith was let go via an unexpected phone call. This shocked a lot of people. Not only because of the way it happened but because it happened at all.

Sarkisian didn’t answer the phone call from Athletic Director Pat Haden because he was on a plane to rehab. So he found out in an email instead.

Dennis Allen had just returned to Oakland after playing a game in London. He was a head coach while on the 11 hour flight but was fired via a phone call once he got home.

Paterno was Penn State football. While he already said he was resigning at the end of the season, the administration fired him over the phone anyway.

Now Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger was fired via Skype while in Switzerland. At least his was face to face. Granted it was over a computer screen.

This doesn’t just happen in sports. Former Yahoo CEO was sacked over the phone by the Board of Directors.

It’s not that it’s cold or impersonal, it’s that it shows a lack of respect. While each case is different and each had it’s own set of circumstances, it still comes off as cowardly. If you are the one in charge and you can’t look someone in the eye and say, ‘we’re going a different direction’ then you have no reason to be in charge.

This is sports after all. The arena of competition, alpha males and pissing contests. So the best you can offer up is a phone call? Really?

What To Watch Fri. 12/4 – Sun. 12/6

All times are Pacific.

Friday December 4th

Bowling Green vs Northern Illinois – 5pm ESPN2: Sixth straight year Northern Illinois has been in the MAC title game and for the past three they have matched up against Bowling Green. Two years ago Bowling Green upset the heavily favored Huskies. This is always a fun game to watch.

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks – 7pm NHL Gamecenter: Nor Cal vs So Cal as the Sharks head to Anaheim.

Oregon at UNLV – 8pm ESPN2: The #15 Ducks head to Sin City to take on the 6-1 Rebels.

 

Saturday December 5th

Temple at Houston – 9am ABC: The AAC Championship game. Two really good teams whose head coaches became hot commodities.

Southern Miss at Western Kentucky – 9am ESPN2: The Conference USA title game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at LA Kings – 1pm NHL Gamecenter: Sid and the Pens go to LA to take on the Pacific leading Kings.

Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings – 4pm NHLN: Both teams have 30 points and don’t meet that often.

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors – 2pm NBA League Pass: The Warriors are still undefeated but the Raptors are first in the Atlantic.

SDSU PumphreyAir Force at San Diego State – 4:30pm ESPN2:  Mountain West title game and features the best name in College Football, Air Force’s defensive back Weston Steelhammer. If that kid isn’t a General someday then there is something wrong with the Air Force promotion system.

 

USC vs Stanford – 4:45pm ESPN: Stanford has a slim shot of getting into the College Football Playoff but more importantly Stanford beat USC earlier this year 41-31. You know USC wants payback.

Michigan State vs Iowa -5pm FOX: Winner is the Big 10 champ, goes to the College Football Playoff and this game will have Gus Johnson doing the play-by-play. Boom!

North Carolina vs Clemson – 5pm ABC: UNC gets no respect. All they have done is win 11 games in a row and made it to the ACC title game. Well Clemson has won 12 and they site of UNC’s only loss? Charlotte where this game is played.

 

Sunday December 6th

Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings – 10am FOX: The Vikings are the pleasant surprise of the NFL season while the Seahawks looks to stay in the playoff hunt.

MLS Cup – Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers: 1pm ESPN: Couldn’t ask for two better teams to battle it out for the Cup. The Crew are looking for their second Cup in franchise history while the Timbers are looking for their first. If the Timber win it, Portland may riot. Seriously.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – 1:25pm FOX: Yeah the Panthers are undefeated and the Saints can’t stop anybody, they are still division rivals and it’s in the Superdome.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks – 5pm NHLN: The Pens wrap up their Southern California trip with a visit to the Pond.

Vanderbilt at Baylor – 5pm ESPNU: A top 25 match up on a Sunday? Cool!

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers – 5:30pm NBC: The Colts are on to their second string quarterback while the Steelers may or may not have Big Ben. Either way it’s a big game in the AFC.

What To Watch Thurs. 11/26 – Sun. 11/29

All times are Pacific.


Thursday November 26th

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions – 9:30am FOX: Well, we’d like a better matchup but hey, it’s what we got.

Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys – 1:30pm CBS: The Cowboys have Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back so this could actually be a good game.

Texas Tech at Texas – 4:30pm FS1: Texas has to win out to be bowl eligible and that’s a big deal for a young team. Texas Tech is good but beatable.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 5:30pm NBC: Awaken from the food coma in time to see if they Packers can win back-to-back games or if the Bears will finally put it together.

 

Friday November 27th

NY Rangers at Boston Bruins – 10am NBC: Ice, skates, rivals. Not a bad way to start Black Friday.

Keenan ReynoldsNavy at Houston – 9am ABC: Winner gets to represent the West in the American Atheletic Conference championship. Also get a chance to see the NCAA all time leader in touchdowns in Navy’s Keenan Reynolds.

Marshall at Western Kentucky – 9am FS1: Last year the final score was 67-66. Just sayin.

Washington State at Washington -12:30pm FOX: The Apple Cup is the most underrated rivalry in college football. Always a solid game.

Armstrong JRIowa at Nebraska – 12:30pm ABC: Nebraska is a lot better than there 5-6 record indicates. Iowa is undefeated and looking for a spot in the College Football Playoff. This rivalry will get a lot more heated after this game.

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks – 2pm NBCSN: Both teams are better than their record indicates and still a whole bunch of talent on the ice.

Baylor at TCU – 4:30pm ESPN: It doesn’t really matter what quarterback plays for Baylor but it does for TCU. Points a plenty in this one.

Miami Heat at NY Knicks – 4:30pm NBA.TV: The Kicks aren’t bad this season but the Heat may be a little bit better.

 

Saturday November 28th

Ohio State at Michigan – 9am ABC: Our first taste of Meyer vs Harbaugh. Add in Ohio State having to put a tough loss behind them and this should be one heck of a ball game.

Louisville at Kentucky – 9am SECN: Kentucky is one win away from bowl eligibility and their cross state rivals would love nothing more than to keep that from happening.

UCLA at USC – 12:30pm ABC/ESPN2: Battle of LA and for the Pac-12 South.

Penn State at Michigan State -12:30pm ESPN: Michigan State controls it’s own destiny when it comes to winning the Big 10 Eastern division.

Wisconsin at Minnesota – 12:30pm BTN: Dude, it’s the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe! It also gives us a chance to show this video from 2003.

Ole Miss at Mississippi State – 4:15pm ESPN2: The Egg Bowl and if Alabama loses, a chance for Ole Miss to grab the SEC West crown.

Notre Dame at Stanford -4:30pm FOX: Huge game for the Irish against a very, very good Stanford team.

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State – 5pm ABC: Bedlam is here. Winner probably has a legit shot at the College Football Playoff.

 

Sunday November 29th

NY Giants at Washington Redskins – 10am FOX: The winner controls first place in the NFC East.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks – 1:25pm CBS: Steelers have been able to keep it together and succeed despite a rash of injuries. The Seahawks looked like the Seahawks for once this season last week. Good luck hearing the play call Pittsburgh.

FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers – 2pm ESPN: 2nd leg and Dallas got an all important road goal in leg one. They did lose 3-1 however which should put the Timbers in the drivers seat.

103rd Grey Cup – 3pm ESPN2: Live from Winnipeg with Fall Out Boy as the halftime entertainment. Oh its the Edmonton Eskimos vs Ottawa RedBlacks.

NY Red Bulls vs Columbus Crew – 4:30pm FS1: The Crew won first the first leg 2-0. NYRB has it’s work cut out for them if they want to advance to MLS Cup.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – 5:30pm NBC: The best offense in football goes against the best defense. More or less. Broncos start Brock Osweiler for a second straight week.

What to Watch Fri. 11/13 – Sun. 11/15

All times are Pacific

Friday November 13th

San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings  – 4:30pm NHL Gamecenter: These two had some legendary playoff series back in the day.

USA vs St. Vincent & The Grenadines – 4pm ESPN2: Let the road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begin.

USC at Colorado – 6pm ESPN2: Colorado is better than their record shows. USC has some NFL level talent. At night in Boulder is a tall order for the Trojans.

 

Saturday November 14th

Georgia at Auburn  – 9am CBS: Fact is, if Mark Richt and Georgia win then he may have saved his job.

Texas at West Virginia – 9am ESPNU: This is a swing game for both when it comes to Bowl eligibility.

Miami at UNC – 12:30pm ESPNU: Last time Miami was in the state of North Carolina they won by lateraling the ball like eight times. UNC is on a roll though.

Alabama at Mississippi State – CBS: Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs have one last chance to beat the Tide and prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in the SEC West.

Memphis at Houston – 4pm ESPN2: The over on this game should be like 150 points.

Oklahoma at Baylor – 5pm ABC: Game of the day and OU has always had problems defending Baylor. Question is, can OU keep place offensively?

FourtnetteArkansas at LSU – 5:15pm ESPN: Like old school, run oriented offenses and hard hitting defenses? Well this is your game. One is coming off a tremendous win in OT while the other got beaten down pretty good.

 

UFC 193 – 7pm PPV: Ronda Rousey takes her winning ways to another continent (Australia) to square off against Holly Holm. Hidden gem on this card is Mark Hunt vs Bigfoot Silva in a rematch of their legendary 2013 fight.

Washington State at UCLA – 7:30pm ESPN: Washington State lost their first game of the year to Portland State who plays in the FCS. People were calling for head coach Mike Leach’s job. Boy how things have changed.

 

 

Sunday November 15th

Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 10am ESPN3: It’s playoff time in the CFL and this is a great way to start it off. Both have had to overcome injuries at key positions and it’s the equivalent of a ‘backyard brawl.’

Minnesota Vikings at Oakland Raiders – 1pm FOX: A year ago we wouldn’t dream of making this a ‘must watch’ game but man, what a difference a year makes.

BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders – 1:30pm ESPN3: The defending Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders begin the final run of head coach John Hufnagel’s career. They are heavy favorites but don’t count out the Lions.

Toronto Maple Leafs at NY Rangers – 4pm NHLN: Always a fun game to watch.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks  – 5:30pm NBC: Two top teams in the NFC West square off the end your weekend.

Sad End To A Great Coach

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Norm Chow's last PCNorm Chow was relieved of his duties last week as the head football coach at Hawaii after a 58-7 loss at home to Air Force. He finished with a record of 10-36 in just under four seasons with the Rainbow Warriors. It’s a sad ending for a man who has had so much success.

Fox Sports Bruce Feldman probably said it best when he sent the following tweet the day Chow was fired:

Chow is a legendary coach at the collegiate level. He helped develop quarterbacks like NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, Heisman Trophy winners Ty Detmer, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. He won multiple awards and three National Titles during his assistant coaching stops. It’s hard to see such a good coach not succeed during his first (and probably only) collegiate head coaching job.

The reason we bring Chow up is because he was the subject of the first ever post on this blog. We believed that his offensive philosophy was a bad fit for Hawaii and that theory proved to be correct. We wish it wasn’t but it was.

We wish Norm Chow the best. We’re sure he’ll be back coaching (if he wants) somewhere out west where he has had so much success.

Trojan War Fails To Deliver

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

The ESPN 30 for 30 series has brought us many great stories. From the ‘Guru of Go’ to ‘Small Potatoes’ to ‘Pony Express’ to ‘The Two Escobars’. The series has continued to knock one documentary after another out of the park. They have also struck out a few times and they struck out looking on ‘Trojan War’.

Trojan War ‘Trojan War’ is the first film in Volume 3 and was directed by Aaron Rahsaan Thomas. Thomas is an accomplished TV Producer but in this his Directorial debut, he fell short. ‘Trojan War’ showed a massive lack of creativity and professionalism with it’s poor VO (done by Thomas) and its script direction graphics wiped on the screen with cliched typing sound effects. After about 15 minutes it felt like nails down a chalkboard.

If you could get over that and know anything about the era then you would know how much they left out. The loss to Cal in 2003 was huge. It cost them a berth in the National Title game and they ended up having to split the National Title with LSU. Zero mention of that. Instead they filled the 90 minute documentary with a lot of interviews with people who didn’t really matter (a backup quarterback who threw two touchdown passes? Really?)

The fact is (and through no fault of Thomas) that this story has been done by NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ last year and it’s too soon for people to really open up about the era. One for the main pillars of the story, Reggie Bush, didn’t even do an interview. It was partially because of decisions he made that USC’s “era” ended. This story would have been better served being done 10 years from now when the dust truly settled.

CarrollOne good takeaway from the film was Pete Carroll. How he changed his style and the culture he developed at USC were the solid takeaways from the film. In all honesty, ESPN just should have done a 30 for 30 on him and dived deeper into how he changed his coaching style and became successful on the collegiate and professional level after being a below average head coach as his two previous NFL stops.

ESPN 30 for 30 is a solid film series. The vast majority of the stories they have told to this point have been compelling and well done. One of 30 for 30’s creators was Bill Simmons who was unceremoniously removed from ESPN earlier this year. You can’t help but wonder if ‘Trojan War’ would have been better if Simmons was still in ESPN’s good graces. It might have been better if it wasn’t made at all. A very disappointing start to Volume 3.