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"The Stack" 8-26-16

Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers are nowhere closer on a contract it appears after Bosa's camp rejected what the Chargers announced was their best offer to him. The regular season is fast approaching. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers are nowhere closer on a contract it appears after Bosa's camp rejected what the Chargers announced was their best offer to him. The regular season is fast approaching.
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U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended six months by U.S. Soccer for her comments after Team USA's loss to Sweden in the Olympics.
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The Stack is back on this Friday with a couple of headlines from Wednesday, but also some things from yesterday as well as we head into the weekend.  Let’s take a look and find out what’s in “the stack” for today, Friday, August 26th:

 

Chargers pull offer from Bosa

 

Wednesday had a couple of eyebrow raising headlines.  One of them involved the San Diego Chargers who once again are playing hardball with one of their rookies.  Or maybe it’s just that folks like Eli Manning and Joey Bosa know that there is something fishy about the Chargers and they don’t conduct business very well (which should be a concern to the team since they are trying to get a new stadium approved this November).  The Chargers said they made their best offer to Bosa, but Bosa declined.  That set off the Chargers who unleashed a scathing statement regarding the negotiations.  Unfortunately this seems like a far too common occurrence involving the Chargers, but Bosa needs to sign.  At some point soon, hopefully before the start of the regular season he will, because this is money he will never get back.  Both sides need to negotiate in better faith, but it appears there is some irreparable damage that has been done.  Hopefully for both Bosa and for the Chargers sake (on the field anyway), a deal gets done and Bosa can help the Chargers defense and help the team win games.   

 

Solo suspended from team USA

 

On the surface it seems like a bigger deal than it actually is.  Team USA women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended six months by U.S. Soccer.  She called Sweden, “a bunch of cowards” after they beat Team USA in the Olympics.  This isn’t the first time that Solo has done something that surely makes her teammates and U.S. Soccer cringe.  She’s been involved in some domestic violence disputes.  She was suspended in 2015 30 days after an incident at a team camp.  She’s been outspoken in the past.  This isn’t the first rodeo.  She is only missing a few friendlies so it’s not like she is missing anything significant.  At age 35, she clearly still has something otherwise Team USA would have just outright dismissed her.  Alas though she is still with the team, but her teammates and U.S. Soccer have to be getting sick of all of these little incidents time after time after time.  It gets very tiresome after a while and Solo isn’t exactly the most well liked teammate on the squad.  We’ll see if she learns anything from this, but based on her statement it appears she has not.

 

Another U.S. Olympian who made plenty of headlines for dumb things he did in Rio is facing charges in Brazil.  Brazilian police would like to charge Ryan Lochte with a false crime report charge.  We’ll see how far this goes, but Lochte has really created a mountain out of a molehill with situation.

 

College football kicks off

 

The college football season is upon us and it kicks off down under of all places.  California and Hawaii start the season up tonight at 10 PM ET on ESPN.  Cal is going to be very bad this year.  This may be the only game they win all year.  Actually that is what I have predicted.  Hawaii is in for a tough season, but they will probably pull out more wins than Cal this year….just not in this game.

 

Saturday night then if you want your FCS fix, the five-time (that is five straight) defending national champion North Dakota Bison take on Charleston Southern at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN live from Fargo, North Dakota.  Good luck Charleston Southern.  Will the Bison make it six in a row?  Someone has to stop them right?  Please?

 

The college football season really kicks off in earnest next Thursday.  We’ll have a college football season preview next week to get things started.

 

Thursday’s NFL games recap

 

The Miami Dolphins topped the Atlanta Falcons 17-6.  The biggest takeaway from this game was that the Dolphins offense looks pretty good with that up-tempo look.  They could be pretty dangerous this year if they can survive the first month of the season.  Matt Ryan threw another pick for the Falcons.  It was reminiscent to last year when Ryan made so many throws that just left you shaking your head.  He needs to make better decisions.

 

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-17, but it’s all about the Cowboys in this one.  Tony Romo left three plays into the game after getting hit in the back by Cliff Avril.  Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Romo could have come back into the game if necessary, but Romo is already getting nicked up and he has had back problems before.  Makes the presence of Dak Prescott all that much bigger as he continued his strong preseason showing.  Played very well, but the Cowboys don’t want Prescott to play in any games unless it is a blowout win for them.  Romo’s health though has to be concerning.

 

Friday’s NFL preseason games include:

 

New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM ET

 

Buffalo Bills @ Washington 7:30 PM ET

 

Cleveland Browns @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8 PM ET CBS

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New Orleans Saints 8 PM ET

 

Green Bay Packers @ San Francisco 49ers 10 PM ET

 

The rest of the games will be on Saturday and Sunday.  All three games on Sunday will be nationally televised.  The regular season is almost here. 

 

Coming up Monday: Reaction to top stories from the weekend in the sports world.


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