"The Stack" 8-10-16

Japan's Kohei Uchimura is the best gymnast in the world and it was confirmed Wednesday night with his gold medal in the men's all-around narrowly beating out Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Japan's Kohei Uchimura is the best gymnast in the world and it was confirmed Wednesday night with his gold medal in the men's all-around narrowly beating out Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine.
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Katie Ledecky helped anchor the women's 4X200 meter relay team and bring home the gold for the USA. This just in, she is really good and America is good at swimming.
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Not too much to talk about in “the stack” today.  Of course the Olympics are dominating headlines, but there are a couple of other things to get to as well and The Stack is here with it all so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Thursday, August 11th:


NFL preseason begins tonight


The first NFL preseason games kick off tonight, but before we present the schedule, there are a couple of items to get to.  One of them is newsworthy, the other really isn’t, but because it involves Tom Brady it is news.  The first real piece of news is that San Diego Chargers wide receiver Stevie Johnson is out for the season after surgery was done to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.  The Chargers were decimated by injuries last year and this is certainly not a good way to start out 2016.  Plus they still haven’t signed first round pick Joey Bosa so right now things are not looking great in San Diego.  Maybe Travis Benjamin will help pick up the slack.  Chargers fans can only hope. 


Regarding Brady, the news is that he will not play in the New England Patriots preseason game tonight against the New Orleans Saints.  Give Jimmy Garoppolo as much reps as he can get.  Brady will be just fine with limited reps in preseason before his four game suspension begins.  Patriots and Saints are just one of the games on the docket for Thursday night.  Here is the complete schedule:


Washington @ Atlanta Falcons 7 PM ET


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Philadelphia Eagles 7 PM ET


New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots 7:30 PM ET


Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM ET


Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets 7:30 PM ET


Denver Broncos @ Chicago Bears 8 PM ET


Rio Olympic headlines day 5


As always, there were plenty of storylines from another day of Summer Olympic actions in Rio…


  • The Team USA men’s basketball team survived a scare to beat Australia 98-88 while the women took care of Croatia 110-84.  The women have now scored over 100 points in three straight Olympic games for the first time ever.

  • Speaking of struggling, Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross really had to work to take down the Swiss team of Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Verge Depre.  Walsh-Jennings and Ross were in real trouble it seemed like in the third set until Forrer dove in the sand for a ball and did something to her neck.  She had to take a medical timeout and was clearly not herself.  Walsh-Jennigns and Ross were far from perfect, but they did enough to earn the win.  The men’s duo of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were not so fortunate losing 2-1 to Spain. 

  • New England Patriot Nate Ebner and Team USA could not get into medal contention in rugby following their close 24-19 loss to Fiji.  Tough loss, but they showed what they could do.

  • A couple of sports that probably most people don’t pay a whole lot of attention to are fencing and cycling.  Well maybe we should, because two Americans secured gold yesterday.  In fencing Daryl Homer beat Aron Szilagyi to win gold in Men’s Individual Sabre final and in Women’s Road Time Trial as Kristin Armstrong won gold giving her three gold medals for her Olympic career.  She doesn’t slow down.

  • Did you see Germany put up 10 goals against Fiji in men’s soccer?  Wow!

  • USA women are crushing it in indoor volleyball and field hockey.  Great wins.

  • Japan’s Kohei Uchimura won the men’s all around gymnastics gold.  He is absolutely incredible.

  • Swimming is by far though the story that almost everyone is talking about in the U.S…or at least it should.  Josh Prenot won silver for the U.S. in the men’s 200 meter breaststroke while Dmitriy Balandin of Khazakstan won gold.  In an incredibly close 100 meter Freestyle race, all eight swimmers were decided by less than a second (.83 seconds to be exact).  America’s Nathan Adrian won bronze.  And here’s a shock, Katie Ledecky won another gold medal as part of the women’s 4X200 meter relay team.  More pool action today.

  • By the way, can I just say how much I love Handball (No jokes, please be mature)?  If there was a sport I wish the USA would be better at in the Olympics it would be this one.  Probably would be the Summer Olympic sport I would be best at.


John Saunders dies at 61


One of the fixtures and betters anchors at ESPN has passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning.  John Saunders, who was the host of The Sports Reporters in addition to his work with college football, college basketball, being on SportsCenter with Chris Berman and company during football season not to mention his work covering the NHL and numerous other sporting events, died unexpectedly at the age of 61.  His family released a statement saying that Saunders wasn’t feeling well the past few days and was unresponsive in the morning.  It is a shocking loss considering that some people had just seen him at an event last weekend.  Saunders was known for being a mentor to so many young ESPN anchors as well as his work as one of the chairman for the Jimmy V Foundation.  It is yet another huge icon in the sports world that has gone too soon.  Thoughts and prayers are definitely with the Saunders wife, two daughters, ESPN family and so many other people who had the wonderful opportunity to work with Saunders and know him.  He will be missed.


Coming up Friday: Olympic storylines and maybe some thoughts from preseason football.