The Sunday: Departures

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

The Chairman Steps Away… Sort Of

Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight announced that he was stepping down as the chairman of the board. While he will still control the board (he owns enough shares to control three quarters of the board) but is technically leaving the company.

Phil Knight

Regardless if you are a Nike person or an Under Armour person or an Adidas person, you have to recognize the impact Uncle Phil and Nike have had on sports and culture around the world. From the Jordan brand to Tiger Woods and even for a while Lance Armstrong. Nike is one of the most recognized brands in the world.

But don’t worry, Nike will carry on and the Oregon Ducks will still have their biggest backer in the luxury box.

Great Nike Commercials:

RE2SPECT

Good vs Evil

Write the Future

The Most Famous Outtake Ever 

Scary

Cancer

Magnet

Gotta Be The Shoes

 

‘I’d Prefer No-One Knew My Name’

 

Laura Bassett crying

You know the name of Laura Bassett now but not in the way she would want it to be known. She is the England defender who made an own goal and helped lift Japan over England and onto the Women’s World Cup Final.

She did an interview with the BBC and yes, it’s soul crushing. There are many ways to lose a game and this is one of the worst ways. While they can take solace in beating Germany for third place what people will remember is the own goal.

 

What To Watch Fri. 6/12 – Sun. 6/14

All times are Pacific.

Friday June 12th

USWNT vs Sweden – 5pm FOX: Coming off a 3-1 win over Australia in their first match, the US Women’s National teams looks to get a step close to the knock out stage of the Women’s World Cup.

Kansas City Royals at St Louis Cardinals – 5:15pm MLB.TV: In state rivals and division leaders square off for a weekend series in one of the best baseball cities in North America.

 

Saturday June 13th

College World Series: Arkansas vs Virginia – Noon ESPN: First game of the 2015 College World Series.

Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers – 1pm MLB.TV: Both teams have shown a lot of promise this season and it’s a decent pitching matchup too.

Stanley Cup Final: Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning – 5:20pm NBC: Series is tied so it’s the best two out of three.

UFC 188 – 7pm PPV: Heavyweight unification bout between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. Velasquez hasn’t been inside the octagon since October 2013. That’s a long layoff only to face a seasoned vet like Werdum.

 

Sunday June 14th

Nascar Quicken Loans 400 – 10am FS1:  Sunday’s are for racing. FACT.

Orlando City FC vs DC United – 4pm FS1: East leading DC United flies into a hornets nest in Orlando.

NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – 5pm ABC: Game five goes down in Oakland.