"The Stack" 8-9-16

The women's gymnastics team dominated the competition in route to the gold medal in the women's all around Tuesday. Well done!
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Texas Rangers DH Prince Fielder's MLB career is likely over after doctor's have not cleared him regarding an MRI that shows a herniated disc in his neck.
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The Stack is back on this Wednesday and we have more than just Olympic headlines to get to though we will be talking about that here in due time.  Let’s see what else is in “the stack” though for today, Wednesday, August 10th:


Tim Tebow to try baseball


If you can’t make it in the NFL, why not try baseball?  That’s what former quarterback and current ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow is doing.  Tebow is actively trying to make it in the major leagues and will hold a workout for MLB teams later this month according to his agents.  Tebow hasn’t played baseball since high school back in 2005.  Do we really think he can ever make it to the major leagues and ever play in an MLB game?  It is highly unlikely.  Michael Jordan tried and failed back during his greatest years when he retired from the NBA to focus on baseball.  That didn’t last long and he was back to win a few more championships as a pro basketball player with the Chicago Bulls.  Teblow has no such luxury.  He wants to give it a go though and all the good luck to him.  Don’t think this tryout will go well, but it only takes one team to give Tebow a chance.  We’ll see if they do just that.


NFL injuries and suspension news


NFL training camps continue and if you are a fan of the New England Patriots you had to hold your breath not once, but twice on Tuesday.  Heck, the team as a whole was probably holding their breath.  First it was wide receiver Julian Edelman who hurt his lower left leg in a joint practice with the New Orleans Saints and had to leave, but it looks like he has avoided serious injury and will not need surgery.  Linebacker Rob Ninkovich also appears to have escaped surgery after he partially tore his triceps in the practice today.  No idea yet for sure on when either of these guys will be back, but the safe bet with Ninkovich is October sometime at the earliest.  With Edelman it’s anyone’s guess.  Remember he did hurt his foot last season.  The Patriots will be smart with these injuries.


There is also a report out there that Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy.  Johnson says it was an approved amino that caused the positive test to come up.  Either way, it appears that Johnson will be suspended which would be a big loss to the Eagles.  We’ll find confirmation here soon I would imagine.


Day 4 Olympic headlines


It was a big day in the pool once again for Team USA, specifically Michael Phelps.  Gymnastics also had a big day too.  On the court and on the pitch it was perplexing to say the least.

  • Michael Phelps further cemented his legacy Tuesday night by adding two more gold medals.  One was in the 4X200 meter men’s relay and the first gold came in the 200 meter butterfly over rival Chad Le Clos of South Africa who finished fourth.  On the women’s side, Katie Ledecky won the 200 meter freestyle as expected and the Iron Lady of Hungary, Katinka Hosszu, won the 200 meter Individual Medley (IM).  More exciting action in the pool tomorrow.

  • The Team USA women’s gymnastics team destroyed the competition in the women’s all around.  They could have completely fallen apart in the floor routine and still walked away with the win.  Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kochian were absolutely tremendous and just about flawless.  U.S. Gymnastics has dubbed them the “Final Five.”  Appropriate and very well done!

  • As good as it was for the US in swimming and gymnastics, it was not so good in some other sports.  The men’s volleyball team lost to Italy three sets to one.  Somewhat inexcusable, the men’s team has had a rough go so far in the Olympics.  Doubt they make it out of group play.

  • Venus Williams already was bounced from singles tennis and now her sister has joined her.  Serena lost in straight sets to Elina Svitolina of Sweden 4-6, 3-6.  What?!

  • Finally, team USA drew with Colombia 2-2, but that was only because goalie Hope Solo had a couple of mental errors it appeared.  They still advance out of group play and will still win the gold most likely, but the draw just leaves everyone with a bad taste.


We’ll see what happens for team USA on Wednesday.  So far the USA has 26 medals (9 gold, 8 silver, 9 bronze).  Let’s keep it up!


Before we go it appears that Prince Fielder’s playing days are over.  The Texas Rangers DH is not getting cleared by doctors after an MRI revealed a herniated disk in his neck just above where he had a herniated disk repaired a couple of years ago.  Fielder will be remembered for his power.  Sad way to see him go.


Coming up Thursday: Day 5 Olympics reaction and other top headlines