"The Stack" 7-15-16

Phil Mickelson was the round one leader at The Open Championship at Royal Troon shooting eight under -8 and tying a major record with his 63. Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Phil Mickelson was the round one leader at The Open Championship at Royal Troon shooting eight under -8 and tying a major record with his 63.
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The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Tom Brady and his team meaning the four game suspension imposed by the NFL remains. This isn't the last, but it is darn close to the end of #Deflategate
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The Stack is back on this Friday and we don’t have a whole lot to talk about today.  It’s deadline day for the franchise tag in the NFL.  We’ll be keeping our eyes on Von Miller and the Denver Broncos to see if they get a deal done.  Doubt Kirk Cousins and Washington will which will be fine with Kirk and an interesting one to keep an eye on is kicker Justin Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens.  We haven’t watched the ESPYs yet, but it is recorded and if I watch it here over the weekend maybe I’ll provide a few thoughts early next week.  Now though let’s get right to this shortened version of “the stack” for today, Friday, July 15th:


Mickelson out in front at Open Championship


When Phil Mickelson is on, he is on.  Mickelson just missed out on setting a major record 62, but finished with a nice and somewhat surprising eight under (-8) on a day that had simply perfect conditions which is something that doesn’t happen all of the time at The Open Championship.  Mickelson was on his game.  His drives were tremendous accurate.  His putting and short game were superb.  There were a lot of golfers that posted some really good scores including one golfer (the name escapes me) who went four consecutive holes alternating between birdies and eagles. 


The scoreboard is filled with a bunch of Americans up at the top of the scoreboard.  Americans do really well at Royal Troon.  The last few times the tournament has been at Royal Troon an American has won it.  Zach Johnson is up there.  Keegan Bradley is up there.  Patrick Reed, Steve Stricker, Justin Thomas and others are right up there.  Jordan Spieth struggled finishing at even par.  His confidence looks like it has surely taken a beating since that back 9 at Augusta.  Rory McIlroy was OK.  U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson struggled a bit.  They’ll all have to bump up their play significantly if they want to catch Mickelson who is playing his best golf in a long time and is looking to win his second Open Championship.


**Note: As of writing this blog Mickelson is still the leader at eleven under (-11) in some very rainy (what else is new?) weather in the second round.**


Tom Brady suspension appeal denied


#Deflategate is almost in our rearview mirror.  The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan denied Brady and his attorney’s request to have his suspension rescinded finding that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was “within his powers” to suspend Brady for his role in #Deflategate.  Brady and his team will now most likely appeal to the Supreme Court, but that fate rests on the hands of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to help take this case and that probably isn’t very likely.  This seems like a very silly case for the Supreme Court to listen to.  Plus Brady is friends with Donald Trump and given what Trump said recently about Judge Bader Ginsburg, it might play a factor in deciding whether to hear this case like or it not.  New England Patriots fans are not doubt pissed, but everywhere else fans (and owners) are ecstatic, because finally something isn’t going the Patriots’ way.  The Patriots’ first four games are:


@ Arizona September 11th 7:30 PM ET NBC

VS Miami September 18th 1 PM ET CBS

VS Houston September 25th 8:25 PM ET CBS

VS Buffalo October 2nd 1 PM ET CBS


Going 2-2 is not inconceivable with this schedule.  Heck 3-1 with Jimmy Garropolo is achievable as well.  There still could be a little more that happens to this story, but we’re very close to the end of #Deflategate.


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