"The Stack" is back after a nice vacation. Hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and holiday and hope everyone took a time to remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to give us the freedom we cherish. To those vets and to the vets who are still alive and may stumble upon this blog, thank-you!. You're dedication and service to this country is greatly appreciated. Let's take a look at what's in "the stack" for today, Tuesday May 29:
1. Weekend recap
In case you missed it, here are some of the top storylines from the weekend...
- The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in game six to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals where they will take on the Los Angeles Kings. Should be a good series. Game one is Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.
- Dario Franchitti, husband of Ashley Judd for what it's worth, won the Indianapolis 500. It is the third time Franchitti has won the Indy 500.
- The San Antonio Spurs are up 1-0 in the western conference finals followinig their 101-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley was arrested in Alabama driving over 100 mph and under suspision of a DUI amongst other charges. He could be in big trouble.
2. Heat thump Celtics, take 1-0 lead
Fueled by LeBron James 32 points and 13 rebounds, the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-79 and have taken the first game of the eastern conference finals. The score was tied at halftime. And the Heat once again dominated the third quarter. They have done that time and time again this postseason. It seems like every time the score is close at half, the Heat turn it on in the third. This poses a huge problem for the Celtics in this series and perhaps the Spurs or the Thunder in the NBA Finals. Now perhaps the Celtics were just tired having played a game two days before. They are an older team, but Doc Rivers will not let his team go down without a fight. They'll be ready for game two. Kevin Garnett showed up for the Celtics, recording a double-double with 23 points and ten rebounds. Dwayne Wade added 22 points for the Heat. Game two is Wednesday night.
Tuesday's NBA game:
Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs 9:00 PM ET TNT (Spurs lead series 1-0)
3. French Open preview
The second major of the tennis season is upon us and all eyes are on Paris and Roland Garros. This may be the toughest major of them all. Clay is the toughest surface to play on. The ball gets less speed so if you can put some spin on your shot, it's going to be very difficult for the opponent to win. And no one plays on clay better than Rafael Nadal. He is going for what, his seventh French Open? Unbelievable. Barring injury, there is no reason to think that Nadal won't win the French Open.
As for the women, it's kind of a crapshoot. I'm always partial to taking Maria Sharapova, because at some point I think she'll get back to the top after her brief stint up there, but clay is not her best surface to play on. Li Na won it last year. Haven't heard much from her since. Will she defend her title? Perhaps, but I'll say no. I'll try Victoria Azarenka, but this pick is made with no certainty whatsoever. No one in women's tennis has taken a stranglehold of the number one spot in the world. No reason to think that will start now, but I'll take a flyer with Azarenka and won't be surprised if either Sharapova or Na won. Should be a pretty good tournament although coverage will be very early in the morning. Enjoy it everyone.
4. Kansas City Chiefs 2012-13 NFL schedule highlights
Injuries derailed the Chiefs season early on last year. Running back Jamaal Charles was lost in week two with a torn ACL. Wasn't safety Eric Berry lost in week one with a torn ACL too? Romeo Crennel had the interim head coach tag taken off and is now the head coach after Toddd Haley was fired. The Chiefs are ready to fight the division for the AFC West. Their full schedule can be found here. Now here are some interesting takes from the upcoming Chiefs schedule:
- Prior to their bye in week 7, the Chiefs will play only one division game (week 4 vs. San Diego).
- The Chargers have back to back road primetime appearances weeks 9 and 10 (@ San Diego 8:20 PM ET NFL Network, @ Pittsburgh 8:30 PM ET ESPN).
- Romeo Crennel will face his former team that he coached, the Cleveland Browns, week 14 at Cleveland.
- The Chiefs end the year against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Denver.