It's the first day of June and "The Stack" has a smaller post for you today as yesterday there just wasn't a whole lot going on. Hopefully the weekend brings us plenty to talk about on Monday. Let's see what made "the stack" for today, Friday, June 1:
1. Thunder hand Spurs first loss of postseason
The San Antonio Spurs are no longer undefeated this NBA postseason following their 102-82 beatdownw they received from the Oklahoa City Thunder last in game three of the western conference finals. The Thunder were back on their homecort so you knew that they would play a lot better, but it almost appeared that the Spurs didn't even show up. The Spurs had twenty-one turnovers compared to the Thunders seven. When you turn the ball over three times more than your opponent, it's highly unlikely that you're going to win. Kevin Durant had twenty-two points to lead the Thunder. Tony Parker had 16 points to lead the Spurs, a far cry from his 34 point game he had in game two when he was on fire from the floor. A loss for the Spurs was inevitable. They were not going to go the entire postseason undefeated. And maybe a blowout loss like this is just what head coach Greg Popovich wants so that he can get the team re-focused on the common goal. Regardless, I still fully expect the Spurs to win this series. They'll put up a much better effort in game four. If they don't, there will be doubts then that they can win this series, but I don't expect that to be the case.
2. Pretty big sports weekend ahead
Looks like kind of a busy sports weekend so you really don't have to leave the couch except to go to the bathroom or grab a sandwich. Some of the big sporting events include:
- Game 3 of the NBA eastern conference finals Miami Heat @ Boston Celtics 8:30 PM ET ESPN tonight and game 4 Sunday 8:30 PM ET ESPN.
- Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils Saturday night 8:00 PM ET NBC. Kings lead the series 1-0.
- Game 4 of the NBA western conference finals San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder 8:30 PM ET TNT.
- Golf's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio this weekend on CBS. Both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are vying for the lead after round one.
- French Open coverage on NBC. ESPN2 also may have some coverage.
So sit back and relax and enjoy some great action across the sports world this weekend.
3. Misc. sports headlines
- Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Memorial Tournament following a first round 79. Mickelson didn't withdraw due to injury. He did so because he was fatigued and because he shot so poorly. You don't see many golfers or perhaps any admit that, but Mickelson did. He says he wants to rest up to prepare for the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers received some bad news on all-star outfielder Matt Kemp. The Dodgers placed Kemp on the 15-day DL following news that Kemp will miss four weeks due to a strained left hamstrigh. This is the second time that Kemp has injured the hamstring this season. If he can't stay healthy this season, the Dodgers nice run in the NL West, a run that has them currently in first place, may not last.
- Newly retired and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward will be an analyst for NBC. Ward is charismatic and pretty intelligent and will be a nice addition to NBC's Sunday night football coverage.
- Finally, 14-year old Snighda Nandipati won the Scripps national spelling bee by spelling guetapens G-U-E-T-A-P-E-N-S, guetapens. It's a french word meaning ambush, snare or trap. But Nandipati did not get trapped by that word and was able to win the bee. I doubt I would have been able to spell that or 95 percent of the other words that these kids have to spell.
4. Minnesota Vikings 2012-13 NFL schedule highlights
It was a rough year for the Minnesota Vikings last year. Donovan McNabb failed to work out, the Vikings lost several close games to start the year, injuries ravaged their secondary and rookie quarterback Christian Ponder struggled. On Christmas Eve, Adrian Peterson tore his ACL, though he seems to be recovering quickly. Will he be himself though? That's the big question. The Viking scored a huge win though this offseason with the state passing a new stadium bill after years of failed attempts. The stadium is expected to be done by the 2016 season. The Vikings schedule can be found here. Here are some interesting notes for the Vikings upcoming schedule:
- Former Vikings WR Randy Moss makes his return to the Metrodome as a member of the San Francisco 49ers week 3.
- The Vikings play @Washington week 6. Head coach Leslie Frazier has won almost as many games in Washington (2) as he has at the Metrodome (3).
- The Vikings play both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers two each the final six games of the season. That will be brutal.
- The lone primetime game for the Vikings is week 8 at home vs. Tampa Bay 8:20 PM ET NFL Network.
Monday's team: New England Patriots
Coming up Monday: Reaction to biggest sports stories of the weekend.
Comments and suggestions on what to write about are always welcomed and appreciated.