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"The Stack" 7-7-16

Dwyane Wade is heading home. Wade is leaving Miami for Chicago, joining the Bulls for two-years and $47 million. It is a pretty stunning move, but one that isn't all that surprising given the Heat's stance in their contract negotiations with Wade. Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Dwyane Wade is heading home. Wade is leaving Miami for Chicago, joining the Bulls for two-years and $47 million. It is a pretty stunning move, but one that isn't all that surprising given the Heat's stance in their contract negotiations with Wade.
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Roger Federer was brilliant in his come-from-behind five set win in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.
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Not a whole lot to talk about in “the stack” today, but we had some big news happen last night and The Stack needs to say something about it (no it’s not the shooting in Baton Rouge which is just a horrific tragedy) so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Thursday, July 7th:

 

Dwyane Wade heading to Chi-town

 

After 13 years with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade and the team are going their separate ways.  After contract talks really broke down and Wade starting going public with it, eventually Wade decided enough was enough.  He’s headed home to Chicago to join the Bulls he's told the AP.  It’s a two-year deal worth $47 million.  Wade had been hoping for $50 million and the Heat were only willing to go $40 million.  It appears that Pat Riley and the Heat overplayed this one and it will certainly cost them maybe not so much in salary cap (it actually will help for next year), but in terms of the public relation backlash they will receive.  Wade was beloved in the community.  He did so much work in Miami and the surrounding area.  He is headed home to Chicago though and the Bulls have upgraded over Derek Rose it appears.  With Rose, Jimmy Butler and recently signed Rajon Rondo, there may not be enough ball for everyone, but the Bulls want offense and they have it with this trio.  Excellent move by the Bulls.  The Heat didn’t think Wade would actually do it and he showed them and gave them the proverbial middle finger on the way out.

 

UEFA Euro 2016 update

 

The tremendous story of Wales was overlooked largely thanks to what Iceland did.  Though Wales did advance further than Iceland, their dreams of winning UEFA Euro are done following their 2-0 loss to Portugal (Maybe I should just start cheering for Portugal and then they will start losing).  Cristiano Ronaldo broke open a scoreless game with his goal in the 50th minute and Nani added another goal minutes later.  They are into the championship match where they will face the winner of Germany and France which is today at 3 PM ET on ESPN.  What a game that will be.

 

Roger Federer comes back

 

Roger Federer’s hopes of winning another Wimbledon didn’t look very against Marin Cilic as he found himself down two sets to none, but rallied to beat Cilic winning the final three sets for the 6-7 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 victory.  Federer was spectacular down the stretch.  Now it’s just a matter of if he can win or not.  America’s hope of Sam Querrey is over after Querrey lost in four sets to Milos Raonic.  This was turn-back-the-clock Federer though yesterday.  Tremendous effort and performance.  Andy Murray will certainly be a challenge here if the two meet in the finals, but it’s still good to see that Federer still has it.

 

Baseball quick hits

 

Giancarlo Stanton is a man possessed right now.  Four homeruns in the last two games and all four homeruns came consecutively (I think there was a walk in there though, but I’m not sure).  Stanton’s homeruns against the New York Mets were bombs, but the Miami Marlins still lost today 4-2….David Ortiz made history last night for the Boston Red Sox.  He cranked out his 20th homerun of the season making that 15 straight seasons that he has hit at least 20 homeruns.  Only Hank Aaron and I believe Babe Ruth have ever accomplished that feat.  That’s pretty good company.  The Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers tonight 11-6…Congrats to the Detroit Tigers.  They won their first game of the year against the Cleveland Indians 12-2.  They are now 1-11 against the Indians this season….Finally Baltimore outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 in 14 innings in a game that lasted 5 hours 26 minutes.  That’s way too long of a game, but hey at least the Orioles won.

 

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