"The Stack" 7-22-16

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw's back is a huge concern for him, the team and Dodgers fans. Kershaw is out for an indefinite period of time and may require surgery on his ailing back. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw's back is a huge concern for him, the team and Dodgers fans. Kershaw is out for an indefinite period of time and may require surgery on his ailing back.
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Gordon is getting back behind the wheel for NASCAR...for two races. He is filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who has concussion symptoms.
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Stack is back on this Friday with only a couple of topics to discuss.  Yes it has been that kind of week in the sports world.  We’ll see what we have to discuss though in “the stack” for today, Friday, July 22nd:


NBA moving 2017 All-Star game


In a move that many people have long been anticipating and awaiting for, the NBA has decided to pull the plug on the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte because of, “North Carolina House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people in the state.  The bill, also called The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which was signed into law earlier this year by Gov. McCrory, requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. It applies only to bathrooms in government buildings, public schools and public universities.”


I find no issue with this decision whatsoever.  Much like my stance regarding all of the recent violence and the gun issue that seems to be plaguing America the past few weeks and months, there simply is no room for this in the U.S.  It’s not a persecution against those with religious beliefs.  I’m religious.  I go to church.  We’re all Americans and we should be treated as equals.  The NBA was receiving plenty of just criticism for not saying they would move the All-Star weekend festivities earlier, but it appears that the NBA and even the Charlotte Hornets were trying to work with the state regarding the law and in the end the North Carolina governor, Pat McCrory, won which means North Carolina in the grand scheme of things lost.  With plenty more events coming up including the ACC Championship game it’s only a matter of time before more marquee sporting events get pulled from the state.  Much like South Carolina and the confederate flag issue, there simply is no room for this.  It sends a bad message and tends to misrepresent a great number of people who don’t feel the way some certain individuals do.  However those in power who make the decisions must now face the consequences of their actions.  McCrory’s will certainly be felt and could be felt even more if other big sporting events leave the state.  The NBA is looking at places like New Orleans and New York to host the all-star game and an announcement will be made here within a few weeks.


Clayton Kershaw out indefinitely


Perhaps the best pitcher in the game, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is going to be sidelined for quite some time regarding his ailing back and that back may be so bad it just might need surgery according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.  Kershaw has been dealing with the injury for a while now and it comes at a bad time for the Dodgers who are trying to stay alive in the NL West.  The recent slide by the San Francisco Giants has certainly helped in that regard, but without Kershaw the odds of the Dodgers winning the division are slim to none in my mind.  They just don’t have the rest of the starting pitching staff to succeed.  The Dodgers can’t just think about this season though, but for the future.  Kershaw is sensational.  Why risk totally damaging him for the rest of his career possibly?  The team must be very cautious with Kershaw and this injury or their future could be very much in doubt.


Speaking of bad backs, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recently had surgery on his back and will start training camp on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list.  I’d be worried if I were a Texans fan.


NCAA news


ESPN and the ACC are going to form an ACC Network with a launching date of 2019.  This will almost certainly be like the SEC Network.  Don’t know if this is quite necessary, but given how much the ACC has expanded over the last few years, there are quite a few big TV markets that ESPN will now have control over regarding ACC sports.  This could be a good move for them.  Then again, maybe not.


Also in the news is the NCAA Tournament and how the top seeds will have a say in where they go, specifically the top seed.  They will tell the committee their preference.  I feel like the selection committee already gives number ones seeds close sites to their campuses so I’m not really sure what the huge advantage to this is.  Oh well, is it college basketball season yet?


Jeff Gordon replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Finally, Jeff Gordon is coming out of retirement…sort of.  Gordon will be subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for at least the next two races while Junior recovers from a concussion.  He’ll be subbing for Junior at Indianapolis Speedway this weekend and Pocono next weekend.  It will be good to Gordon back in a racecar.  I’m not a NASCAR fan, but Gordon was my favorite driver if I had to pick one.  Seems silly that his hall-of-fame eligibility would come into question now, but it has since he is doing a couple of races.  He’ll get in, don’t get me wrong.  It may just be later now unless the racing hall-of-fame people come to their senses.


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