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"The Stack" 8-6-16

Gisele Bundchen was one of the headlines from the Opening Ceremony Friday night. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Gisele Bundchen was one of the headlines from the Opening Ceremony Friday night.
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The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway from Rio!
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The 2016 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame class will be inducted tonight in Canton. The class is headlined by Brett Favre.
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It’s a special Saturday version of “The Stack”.  We’ll try to talk about the biggest Olympic storylines during the week, but if you want to find anything Olympics related just go to nbcolympics.com.  Schedules, results, TV listings, live streaming, anything you need to stay on top of the Olympics as I will be.  Let’s find out what’s in today’s “The stack” for today, Saturday, August 6th:

 

Opening Ceremony from Rio

 

Though soccer and even some gymnastics started before the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Friday is truly the official start of the Olympics.  For all of the issues that we’ve heard that the Olympics are facing in Rio this year, the Opening Ceremony seemed to go off without a hitch.  Nothing will ever be as spectacular as what Beijing did back in 2008, but overall I thought that the Opening Ceremony was pretty good.  Gisele Bundchen doing a catwalk one final time was one of the major highlights.  The top highlight though was when the Olympic refugees walked in from countries including South Sudan.  The arena gave a standing and very loud ovation.  It was a really cool moment.  It’s the first time the Olympics has had a refugee team.  These athletes are truly inspiring and we wish them well in their competition.  It was a shame that Pele couldn’t carry the torch in for Brazil, but health issues forced him to miss the event.  Some 207 countries and ten thousand athletes will be competing in Rio for the next two weeks.  Already some events have taken place and American Ginny Thrasher winning gold in the 10 MM rifle competition.  Congrats!  Let the rest of the events begin!  Can’t wait to watch as much as I can over the next two weeks across the platform of NBC family channels.

 

NFL Hall of Fame ceremonies tonight

 

Eight of the greatest the NFL has ever seen will be inducted into to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio, tonight.  Speeches will start at 7 PM ET on ESPN and the NFL Network.  Brett Favre will cap off the speeches tonight and obviously he is the biggest name of the class.  He has the most consecutive starts by a quarterback in NFL history at 297.  He was a gunslinger.  Tremendous quarterback even if he beat my Vikings far too many times.  Actually, his best season as a quarterback may have been in 2009 with the Vikings and one of the highlights of his career came in a game against the San Francisco 49ers when he hit Greg Lewis for a game-winning touchdown to lift the Vikings to a 27-24 win.  That started a magical season for Favre and the Vikings, but ended in disappointment thanks to the bounty-led defense of the Saints.  I’m not bitter or anything. 

 

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy will also be inducted.  Well deserved for turning around the down-trodden Buccaneers franchise and make them a Super Bowl contender and for becoming the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he did it with the Indianapolis Colts back in 2007. 

 

Eddie DeBartolo Jr. was a front office fixture for the San Francisco 49ers for years when the 49ers were winning Super Bowls.  May have gotten in earlier if it hadn’t been for some off field issues.

 

Kevin Greene was a defensive machine for the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as three other teams. 

 

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison had a stellar career with all of those thousand plus yard seasons he had.  Peyton Manning was a big reason why, but Harrison was a really good receiver.  Harrison had eight seasons in which he has over 1000 yards and ten touchdowns. 

 

Orlando Pace was a dominating offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams after a great college career at Ohio State. 

 

The late Ken Stabler was a great quarterback in the 70s with the Oakland Raiders.  Hard not to think of his name when you think of John Madden’s Raiders teams in the 70s.

 

Dick Stanfel is a name that I think is unfamiliar with a lot of football fans, but he was a great guard for the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. 

 

Should be a great time tonight with all of the speeches and there will be many stories, laughs and tears throughout the night.  The Hall of Fame game is tomorrow at 8 PM ET on ESPN due to the Olympics this year between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts.

 

Coming up Monday:  Olympics headlines plus other top stories in the sports world


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