"The Stack" 6-15-16

The NHL is expanding to Las Vegas becoming the first professional sports league to venture into the market. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The NHL is expanding to Las Vegas becoming the first professional sports league to venture into the market.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Stack is back on this Wednesday with a shorter post, but still plenty to talk about so let’s get right to it and find out what is in “the stack” for today, Wednesday, June 15th:


NHL expanding to Vegas


The NHL has chosen Las Vegas as the next city to have an NHL franchise.  The NHL’s board of governors must approve the move by a two-thirds margin, but it sounds like this is for all intents and purposes a done deal.  Las Vegas organizers must also come up with the $500 million feel the NHL is imposing on getting the franchise to the Sin City.  If they do, the NHL would become the first professional sports league to have a team based in Las Vegas.  The Oakland Raiders are looking at Vegas as well, but the NHL would be first.  The NHL is really winning with this deal.  Apart from possible game fixing (which shouldn’t be as big of a problem as it did years ago), this is a no lose situation for the league.  That fee would be distributed amongst the other 30 NHL owners.  The earliest the team would be able to play would be the 2017-18 season.  This leaves the NHL in a slight predicament as they would then have 31 teams.  Odd number.  Why not expand to 32?  Seattle would certainly be a city with interest as would Quebec City.  Or maybe the NHL should just contract and either move or get rid of teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes.  Go down to 28 teams.  Then there is the whole issue of what the team nickname will be.  Slots?  21s?  Gamblers?  Jokers?  The possibilities are endless.


Iceland draws with Portugal


We all know of the Miracle on Ice.  That will remain the biggest upset of all-time in sports, but I feel like there was another sporting event that happened recently that I am forgetting that rivaled it.  If someone knows what I’m talking about, let me know.  Well Iceland did their best to be put on the very short list of biggest upsets even though they didn’t win Tuesday in their match with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.  Iceland was appearing in their first ever Euro Cup.  The country has 323,000 people or just slightly bigger than the city of St. Louis.  Well Iceland drew with Portugal 1-1 in one of the most stunning results in quite some time in the Euro Cup or the World Cup, maybe ever.  OK, that is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my drift.  Iceland got a couple of shots on goal early, but after that it was all Portugal the remainder of the first half.  They had a number of opportunities and eventually cashed in Nani’s goal in the 31st minute.  Iceland would respond in the 50th minute on a beautiful cross pass to Johann Berg Gudmundsson to get past Portugal’s goalie to knot the game up 1-1.  Iceland would have to survive a last second free kick from Ronaldo that was blocked to end the match in a 1-1 draw.  Stunning.  Absolutely stunning.  I’ve heard from a few people that this is so Ronaldo and so Portugal, disappointing in a match.  I’ll go by what they say.  This is not a good draw for Portugal, but an absolutely phenomenal result for Iceland.  Austria and Hungary aren’t going to be easy, but Portugal was head and shoulders the best team in this group.  Don’t know if Iceland can win one and advance through group play, but if they do it would be incredibly remarkable, yet not as incredible as them drawing with Portugal in their first ever Euro Cup appearance. 


Lynx set WNBA record


The Minnesota Lynx, the most successful professional sports team in Minnesota as of now, have start their 2016 WNBA season 11-0, a WNBA record for best start to a season in league history.  The defending champions pummeled Indiana 87-63.  They are very impressive and very deep with Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles and veterans like Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Janel McCarville.  What a fun team to watch.  If people haven’t already, they need to start paying attention to this team. 


Quickly before we go, a couple of big baseball series are going down.  It’s a battle of the two best teams in baseball in our nation’s capital between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.  The Nationals won the first game of this series, but lost Tuesday night 4-3.  The Cubs scored the go-ahead run in the 9th inning.  In the AL, the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox are doing battle in Boston and the Orioles won the first game of the three game series Tuesday 3-2.  These two teams will be going back and forth all season long I feel.


Coming up Thursday: U.S. Open pick plus NBA Finals game six pick