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"The Stack" 6-13-16

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history last night 3-1 over the San Jose Sharks to win the series 4-2. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history last night 3-1 over the San Jose Sharks to win the series 4-2.
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The scene is grim in Orlando after a gunman opened fire at a nightclub early Sunday morning that killed 50 people and injured 53. This is a terrible tragedy.
Reinhold Matay
 

The Stack is back on this Monday and we have crowned a champion in the Stanley Cup Final.  We’ll get to more on Pittsburgh’s win and more including a brief time going off script and away from sports.  I do not do this often, but in this case, I feel like something must be said.  Now let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, June 13th:

 

Penguins win the Stanley Cup

 

Seven years to the day, the Pittsburgh Penguins won another Stanley Cup, and once again they did it on the road.  The Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win the Stanley Cup Final 4-2 and hoist the Stanley Cup up in the air.  They had a few fans in attendance to see them win this one.  The Penguins got on the board in the first period on a power play goal by Brian Dumoulin who pump faked a shot that got his defender to spin around and open a lane for a shot that got by Sharks goalie Martin Jones.  The Sharks had a couple of odd man rushes on the Penguins in the period but Penguins goalie Matt Murray made a couple of big saves and Chris Kunitz made a huge diving play to prevent another attempt.  Great job breaking up a chance.

 

The Sharks tied it up in the second period on a Logan Couture at just under the seven minute mark of the second period, but the joy and celebration didn’t last long when Kris Letang scored a minute and change later.  Both teams exchanged plenty of opportunities to score more throughout the period and into the third period as well.  Jones once again made some phenomenal saves and though the Sharks tried as best they could to tie the game, they could not.  The Penguins added an empty net goal with just over a minute to go and won 3-1 to win their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.  Sidney Crosby was named MVP.  Could have given it to Evgeni Malkin and maybe even Jones for how well he played in net for the Sharks.  Very entertaining cup final.  Congrats to the Penguins and their fans.

 

Draymond Green suspended for game five tonight

 

The NBA may be trying to extend the NBA Finals just a little bit or at the very least add more intrigue to the series after their decision to suspend Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green for tonight’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after it appeared he took a shot at the groin area of LeBron James after the two of them got tangled up in game four.  On a scale from one to egregious, what Green did was about a 3, but it does look like he intentionally tried to get a little swipe at James and the NBA said enough was enough.  I’m OK with Green being suspended for his antics, but I would have suspended him after he kicked Steven Adams in the groin back in the Oklahoma City series and then taken it on a case by case basis.  The NBA has opened themselves up to criticism with this decision and rightfully so after what Kiki Vandeweghe said after Green didn’t get a suspension for that kick to Adams.  Now they suspend him for this not so egregious act?  Doesn’t make sense to me.  We’ll see if the Warriors can beat the Cavaliers without Green anyway and win their second straight title tonight at 9 PM ET on ABC.

 

2016 Euro Cup

 

Someone asked that I preview the Euro Cup going on right now.  It’s a fantastic event and when fans aren’t rioting, they should be enjoying the terrific action and matches.  Germany I feel is the most talented team and I don’t think that is too much of a stretch.  Did you see that save their one player made against Ukraine on Sunday?  I like Germany to win the Euro Cup.  Tune to ESPN to see all of the action.

 

50 people dead in Orlando nightclub attack

 

By the now you have all heard of the horrific and senseless attack at an Orlando gay bar late Saturday night/early Sunday morning that has left 50 people and dead and 53 more people injured.  It’s a hate crime.  It is being labeled as “domestic terror attack” and it has been reported that the gunman had been pro Isis.  Bottom line, this is a hate crime.  It’s a despicable, reprehensible, disgusting act that should not go away silently in the next day, week or month. 

 

Per reports, the gunman purchased a couple of guns only days before he carried out the attack.  This now has nothing to do with sports and my opinion means little in the grand scheme of things, but I will not stay silent on this.  If you disagree with it, so be it.  When something like this happens, sometimes you have to speak your mind even if it means others will disagree with you or if we talk about something other than the purpose of this blog which is of course about sports.

 

I am so sick and tired of all of these shootings taking place in the United States.  I am sick and tired of hearing about how easy it was for these cowardly scumbags to easily access the guns and I am sick and tired of people saying that guns don’t kill people.  If we had more strict gun laws, sure there would still be shootings and sure guns would still end up the bad guy’s hands from time to time, but these shootings would be a lot less frequent.  Other countries don’t seem to have the problem that the United States does yet there are so many paranoid people that think that the government is going to infringe on their second amendment rights.  Can any of these people tell me why it was OK for the gunman in this nightclub massacre to secure two guns only days before?  Florida’s gun laws if I’m not mistaken make it fairly easy for a person to get a gun.  We need stricter gun laws in this country.  We need stricter background checks.  What happened in Orlando is a disgrace.  It’s beyond sad for our country.  How did this gunman get two guns into the nightclub in the first place?  The NRA yearly spends millions of dollars to sway members of Congress into voting against legislation that they say would step on their second amendment rights.  I am not a fan of the NRA.  I wish we would never experience another shooting in the USA again like the one we experienced in Orlando Saturday night, but I know that is not going to happen unless changes are made.  And until people get off their high horse, look at how other countries put their gun laws into legislation and gain some common sense, it won’t happen.  Guns kill people.  Guns help defend the good people from bad people, but unless we find ways to prevent and make it harder for the bad people to get their guns, we’re going to see more events like this.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families.  It’s something that should never have happened.  It’s a hate crime.  It’s time Americans unite as one on this and say enough is enough.  Unfortunately we know all too well that that will not happen.  I don’t mean to offend with this.  It’s just really sad what’s happened and it is time for change.  I apologize for the rant.

 

Coming up Tuesday: NBA Finals reaction plus other top headlines from the sports world.


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