"The Stack" 8-19-16

Another race, another gold medal for Usain Bolt, this time in the 200 meter race. Can he keep running in the next Olympics please? James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Another race, another gold medal for Usain Bolt, this time in the 200 meter race. Can he keep running in the next Olympics please?
James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
Yep, Ryan Lochte has become a bit of a joke and has certainly brought a bit of a black eye to Team USA's swimming team (it isn't that big though since Lochte is a bit of a joke himself).
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Stack is back on this Friday and the Olympics are coming to an end.  We’ll have one more recap on Monday with some final thoughts, but it has been a great couple of weeks from Rio…well I’m not there, but the action has been great.  There are a couple of other things we need to get to first though so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Friday, August 19th:


Lochte, other American swimmers deemed not to be victims


This Ryan Lochte and American swimming story just keeps getting worse and worse and more embarrassing for Lochte and company.  Brazilian police have declared that there was no robbery and that they actually are the ones who caused the trouble.  Surveillance footage from a gas station where everything took place apparently shows the swimmers committing acts of vandalism and made the story up to cover their tracks.  If this indeed true, it is a crying shame that Lochte is a little coward and came back to the states so he could avoid talking with officials.  This is a big black eye for Lochte and the rest of the swimmers involved and Lochte’s legacy is tarnished for good.  Criminal charges may be pursued.  Perhaps they should be.  Lochte is a punk.  Hope he gets what is coming to him.


NFL preseason week 2 underway


Five games kicked off week 2 of the NFL preseason on Thursday night.  The Philadelphia Eagles shut out the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-0.  That looks impressive, but the Steelers were without a number of starters including starting quarter Ben Roethlisberger.  The Cincinnati Bengals took it to the Detroit Lions 30-14.  The Bengals starting offense shredded the Lions first string defense.  I had my doubts about the Bengals coming into this season and it is only preseason, but they are certainly starting to win me over.  The Atlanta Falcons beat the Cleveland Browns 24-13, but what was really impressive in this one was Robert Griffin III connecting with Terrelle Pryor for a touchdown.  This could be a great combo for the team this season.  New England took down Chicago 23-22.  Tom Brady did not play after cutting himself with a scissors earlier in the day.  Don’t cut yourself kids.  It isn’t worth it.  Green Bay defeated Oakland 20-12, but lost backup quarterback Brett Hundley left the game with an ankle injury.  Fear not Packers fans.  Aaron Rodgers is OK.  The Minnesota Vikings topped the Seattle Seahawks 18-11 thanks to Marcus Sherels intercepted Trevone Boykin and returned it all the way for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.  This only happened after Blair Walsh badly missed a 47-yard field goal.  That needs to stop for Walsh and for the Vikings.


Three games tonight with the rest of the games on Saturday.  They include:


New York Jets @ Washington 7:30 PM ET


Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys 8 PM ET


Arizona Cardinals @ San Diego Chargers 9 PM ET


Thursday’s Rio Olympic headlines


In non-Ryan Lochte and other American swimmer Olympics news…


  • Team USA didn’t play a great game, but the women’s basketball team was able to beat France 86-67 to advance to the finals where they will take on Spain.  That should be an easy win for them.

  • Brazil’s men’s beach volleyball duo of Alison and Bruno took home gold.  The stadium along Copacabana Beach was going nuts.  What a tremendous atmosphere.

  • China went gold and silver in the women’s 10 meter diving competition.

  • Argentina’s men’s field hockey team earned their first ever medal in history and they made it a gold one with their 4-2 win over Belgium.  The fans were going crazy in the stands.

  • Two one goal games in women’s handball semifinals.  France topped the Netherlands 24-23 and Russia beat Norway 38-37.  Two phenomenal games!

  • Team USA’s women’s volleyball team will not be defending their gold medal following their 3-2 loss to Serbia.  What an incredible back and forth match this was.  It is a shame they won’t have a chance to win gold, but we’ll see if they can take the bronze in their match with the Netherlands.

  • It was another fantastic day at the track especially for Team USA.  Kerron Clement won gold in the men’s 400 meter final.  America also took home gold and silver in men’s shotput.  Ryan Crouser won gold and Joe Kovacs took home silver.  Ashton Eaton proved once again he is one of the best athletes in the world by winning the decathlon for a second consecutive Olympics.  Team USA took home gold and bronze in the women’s 400 meter hurdles.  Dalilah Muhammad won gold while Ashley Spencer won bronze.  And what else can you say about Usain Bolt?  He obliterated the competition in the men’s 200 meter run and won yet another gold medal.  It looked like he let up a little bit at the end there when he could have had an Olympic record.  Finally, the women’s 4X100 relay team contested their disqualification from the run in the morning and the call was reversed, but they still had to run to qualify so on an empty track they ran under 42.70 seconds in their round one race to secure their spot in the final.  Bizarre!


Plenty of Olympic action still going on today, tomorrow and Sunday to close out the 31st Olympiad.  It’s been a great ride and we will have reaction to it all on Monday.


Coming up Monday: Olympics reaction plus other top stories in the sports world from the weekend.