"The Stack" is here on this Tuesday ready to talk about the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings who won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history last night. Congrats to the Kings. What else made "the stack"? Find out right now for today, Tuesday June 12:
1. L.A. Kings win first Stanley Cup
Los Angeles is used to partying, even rioting at this time of the year, but it's normally because the Los Angeles Lakers are winning titles. Not this year though. Folks in Los Angeles are celebrating and there will be a parade for the Los Angeles Kings following their 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils to win their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 45-year history. The game swung in favor of the Kings with ten minutes to go in the first period after New Jersey's Steve Brenier got a five minute boarding major and a game misconduct for his hit on on Rod Scuderi. It turned out to be the most crucial five minutes of the series as the Kings scored three power play goals during the five minute major. That was more than enough for the Kings with Jonathan Quick in net. Jeff Carter had two goals and Dustin Brown had a goal for the Kings in their beatdown of the Devils.
The Kings completed their magical, cinderella run in the postseason and gave their long-suffering fans something to celebrate. Their stretch of 45 years before their first championship is third most all time in sports history. They went a remarktable16-4 this postseason...and they were the eight seed in the west!! They barely made it into the playoffs. They fired their coach in the middle of the season. They made a couple of drastic roster changes at the trade deadline, dealing away one of their star young defenseman for a couple of veteran players who could help push them into the playoffs. And look what happened. All of the moves paid off as the Kings lifted Lord Stanley's Cup skating around Staples Center Monday night. It was a truly exciting and amazing moment. Quick was named MVP of the playoffs and won the Conn Smythe trophy. Captain Dustin Brown was presented the Stanley Cup. Both Quick and Brown are Americans. That is pretty cool that the top two players on this team hail from the United States.
And congrats to the Devils too. They had a very good season, something to be proud of. The six seed in the eastern conference was able to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. They have a fantastic young star in rookie Adam Henrique. But questions surround this team like will Zach Parise resign with the team? Will Martin Brodeur come back? He says he wants to play. It will be a very interesting offseason for the Devils.
But last night and today is all about the Los Angeles Kings. 2011-12 NHL Stanley Cup champions! Congrats to the Kings. Congrats to their fans. Congrats to the city of Los Angeles. It was a great NHL season. Now let's just hope there isn't an NHL lockout next year.
2. Nadal wins 7th French Open
Move over Bjorn Borg. Tennis has a new great, well another great. Someone who has dominated the clay at Roland Garos for seven straight years. Yes that's right. Rafael Nadal finished off Novak Djokovic Monday after rain suspended the match Sunday to win his seventh consecutive French Open, and now has more French Open titles than the great Borg. He dropped only one set the entire tournament, the third set to Djokovic. Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Had mother nature not stepped in and forced play to be suspended Sunday, Djokovic may have been able to hang around a little bit longer. Nadal was clearly frustrated. But ultimately, Djokovic was probably just prolonging the inevitable. There is no denying just how good Nadal is on clay. It's practically unfair. He is that much better than the rest of the tennis world on clay. No one can compete with him. Djokovic did well in trying to stop his dominance, but couldn't do it. Had Djokovic won, he would have been only the thid player ever to win four consecutive majors along with Don Budge in 1938 (we all remember him right?) and Rod Laver in 1969. Alas it was not meant to be, but just as Nadal and Roger Federer had a great rivarly for so long, perhaps Nadal and Djokovic are just beginning their rivalry. That is, assuming both players stay healthy and Nadal plays a few more years without his age becoming a factor. I don't think it will and that would be great for tennis. The only other thing that would be good for tennis? Having an American actually be one of the best in the world, something we haven't seen for quite some time.
3. Pacquiao-Bradley postfight thoughts
Lost in all of the hustle and bustle from the big events of the weekend, I forgot the biggest story of the weekend in some circles and that is the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight, a fight that to almost everyone, including Bradley, thought Pacquiao should have won. He won what ten of the twelve rounds, something like that? Yet all that mattered was what the three judges thought and apparently, they must have been getting some money under the table to give Bradley the victory, because each judge scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley. What?!! Was that one round or two that Bradley won really that more impressive than the rest of the fight that Pacquiao looked like he had won? The boxing community is rising in uproar, wondering what the judges could have possibly seen. The judges are under investigation. Vegas has agreed to pay back the money to everyone that bet on Pacquiao to win. A rematch may be in the making. And rightfully so. Pacquiao lost his title, lost his belt over a decision that has left the boxing community and the sporting community baffled. What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the judges decision? Should there be a rematch? Will this affect a possible Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight? I'd love to hear from you.
4. Euro Cup recap
The English were without star Wayne Rooney who was suspended for the match, and they are fortunate to escape the match with France in a 1-1 draw. The French had fifteen shots on target to the English's one, but England made it count. Will they make it out of group play? Much is left to be determined, but England was able to get a valuable point without their star.
In the other match of the day, the other co-host nation along with Poland, Ukraine, overcame a one goal deficit to defeat Sweden 2-1. It's a big win for the Ukraine team who hope to make it out of group play. A win and three points against Sweden is a big first step.
Tuesday's Euro Cup matches:
Greece vs. Czech Republic 11:00 AM ET
Poland vs. Russia 1:45 PM ET
A couple other notes to pass along before I go. We'll get back to looking at every NFL team's schedules for the upcoming year tomorrow with a look at Philadelphia. Staying with football, Chad Ochocinco has found a new team. And it's...the Miami Dolphins. Desperate for help at the wide receiver position the Dolphins havev signed Ochocinco to a one-year deal. How will Ochocinco rebound from a disasterous year with the Patriots? We'll find out...Jerry Sandusky's trial has begun and one of the accused has said that Sandusky bribed him as well as others and that led to abuse. We'll keep our eyes on this story. It is a very difficult one to talk about.
And finally, the NBA Finals tip-off tonight in Oklahoma City, between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat. This is the second straight year in the NBA Finals for the Heat. They have the more veteran team. Will they learn from their mistakes last year? If I were a betting man, and I am some of the time, I would say yes. But are they the more talented team? OKC's big three of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden can certainly compete with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. I picked the Thunder at the beginning of the year to make it to the NBA Finals and I correctly had this matchup in the NBA playoff preview. Then again, this wasn't the most difficult matchup to predict. As much as I would like to see the Thunder win the title, I won't pick against the Heat. They've shown me a lot in coming back from halftime deficits and I picked them at the beginning of the postseason. Why turn around now? Should be a good, perhaps epic series.
Coming up Wednesday: NBA Finals reaction plus other top sports storiesComments and suggestions on what to write about are always welcomed and appreciated.