It's Wednesday and "The Stack" is going a little shorter today, but we still have plenty of good things to talk about. So why delay? Let's see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, February 15:
1. Totally Lin-sane.
What else can you say? There are so many puns to go with, so many nicknames to give, but I'll save that for others. Jeremy Lin did it once again last night, hitting a game-winning three pointer with under a second to go as the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 90-87. Things looked bleak after three quarters. The Knicks were trailing by nine and Lin had been kept in check for the most part. But Lin and the Knicks turned it up in the fourth quarter, doubling the Raptors 24-12 capped off by Lin's miraculous three pointer. Lin finished with 27 points and 11 assists. It's easy to say that we as fans and the media have taken this Lin phenominon a bit too far. We probably have. Lin right now is the next big thing in sports. He's even getting songs made for him from ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike. But how can you not look at him and be in awe of what he is doing? He's playing absolutely unbelievable. And he went to Harvard! That may be the best part. Forget the race card, yeah I'm talking to folks like you Jason Whitlock. What this kid is doing right now is special. It all may die down in a little bit, in fact I'm pretty sure it will. Lin will come back down to Earth, but right now he should enjoy it. He may be a very special player. Let's just sit back and appreciate what Lin is doing, because right now, it's something the likes of which none of us have seen.
2. Roddy White doesn't agree with Goodell's salary.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to be getting a raise. A pretty big one too. He'll be making about $20 million a year pretty soon and that has raised some eyebrows around the league, mainly from players. Count Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in on that. "How in the hell can u pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch," White wrote on a posting on Profootballtalk.com. It's easy Roddy. Here let me explain it to you:
- The NFL is earning record profits, exceeding nine billion dollars this year alone.
- TV revenue has gone through the roof.
- The NFL has never been more popular than it is today.
- Teams are making more money which means players are making more money.
- Goodell is governing over a very successful business and is looking to ensure that it stays that way with his crackdown on hits to the head and other precautions to players' safety.
- In fact he is a major reason why you are receiving a $50 million dollar deal yourself.
So let's look at this with some commonsense here Roddy. Why do some CEO's of major corporations get bonuses stretching into the $50 million range and salaries of over that amount per year? Because they are running succesful businesses. Goodell is doing just that. He is making money for the owners which in turn helps you get more money. Does $20 million a year seem a little excessive? Yeah it does, but, and I'm not trying to say an athlete shouldn't get the money people are willing to give him granted how hard they work year round, but do you deserve $50 million while some of us don't even make $30 thousand a year? Let's at everything in full scope in Roddy. No tunnel vision now. I think you can see why Goodell makes the kind of money he does and why many people have an issue with your post. They also have an issue with Goodell, don't get me wrong, but let's not point the finger at others without looking at the four pointing back at yourself.
3. Mountain West, Conference USA merging.
Wow! Now this is a mega-conference. Due in part I'm sure to other conferences raiding their own respective conferences for schools, the Mountain West and Confernce USA conferences have elected to form one giant new conference, with the goal of starting this for the 2013-14 season. Teams included are:
- UNLV, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado State, Air Force, Hawaii (in football only), Southern Miss, Tulsa, Marshall, Rice, UTEP, UAB, Tulane, East Carolina, Nevada and Fresno State.
I don't like the constant shift of conferences and teams jumping to other conferences, but in this case, what choice did the two conferences have? This is the problem with college athletics. They have run themselves into a bidding war, constantly trying to earn an extra buck. They are ruining college sports as far as I'm concerned, but make no mistake about it, I don't blame these smaller conferences. I blame the BCS conferences. The Big Ten's, Big 12's, Big East's and ACC's. They're doing this to college athletics. I blame the presidents and athletic directors. College sports will never be the same. And it will never be better than what we've had. That I can assure you. Shame on you everyone in the NCAA for allowing this to happen. Not saying that there weren't or aren't flaws in college sports, because there are, but none are so bad as to completely change the landscape of college sports forever.
4. Red Wings make history
Finally, congrats to the Detroit Red Wings who won their 21st straight home game last night 3-1 against the Dallas Stars. That is an NHL record and something all sports fans should marvel at. I said a few days ago it is tough to win five or six straight home games, but 21? That is something completely unseen in sports. Try doing that in baseball, basketball or football. It's awfully difficult. Whether you're a hockey fan or not, you should appreciate what the Red Wings have just accomplished. They are on a roll and I for one would like to see this continue. They are in the history books forever...at least until the next team comes along, but I don't think that will happen for a long, long time.
Coming up Thursday: Sports biggest storylines from Wednesday.
Comments and suggestions on what to write about are always welcomed and appreciated.