The Stack comes to you on this Monday still a bit confused over the Olympics gymnastic rule that hurt the US yesterday in London. More on that in a bit. In case you missed any of our training camp previews or thoughts from the first few days of the Olympics, take a look back at recent blogs. We don't have a ton to talk about today besides the Olympics, but we do have a couple of things, so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, July 30:
Zach Greinke loses Angels debut
It was a whirlwind 48 hours for pitcher Zach Greinke. He got traded from the Milwauke Brewers to a contender and made his first start for his new team Sunday against Tampa Bay. Unfortunately for Greinke, he received no run support and gave up a couple of runs and got the loss, losing 2-0. The Angels will need more strong starts like this from Greinke to catch the Texas Rangers and win the AL West or even to make the playoffs as a wild card. With the Oakland A's continuing their red hot play and the Detroit Tigers starting to play much better, the wild card is going to be hotly contested. It's going to be an interesting last couple of months.
Another pitcher was traded in the waning days of the MLB trade deadline. The Chicago White Sox, fighting with the Tigers for first in the AL Central, got Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano for a couple of prospects. Liriano was supposed to be this great starting pitcher for the Twins, but after injuring his elbow a few years ago, he just hasn't been able to put it all back together consistently. The White Sox are hoping he can get at least part of it back together and give them a chance to win. He doesn't need to go out there and shut the opponent out. He just needs to give his team a chance to win.
Day 2 Olympic thoughts
Yes, currently events are underway in London for day 3, but that won't stop us from taking a look back at some of the interesting and important storylines from day 2 in London.
- In men's basketball, team USA rocked France 98-71 in their first action of group play. It's not shocking that they won by this much. They're expected to play like this. Spain and Argentina are the only tough tests that team USA will face in these Olympics.
- The indoor men's volleyball team crushed Croatia 3-0 in their first match of group play. They played really well and were very consistent. They have a tough match against Russia looming, so this was a crucial win.
- The men's water polo team knocked off Montenegro 8-7 in their first game.
- Finally to the good stuff...swimmer Dana Vollmer of team USA set a record in the 100m Butterfly with a time of 55.98 seconds, the first woman ever to swim the 100m in under 56 seconds. Of course, she won gold. After not making the team for the '08 Beijing Olympics, this had to be better than just any gold medal for Vollmer. Good for her.
- The '08 men's 4X100 team relay was an exciting race with a photo finish and team USA was able to pull it out by the slimmest of margins. Well four years later in London, team USA was not quite so lucky. They had a lead with Ryan Lochte anchoring the final spot on the relay team, but he was caught by the French anchor and France won gold in the event with team USA taking silver. Michael Phelps wins his first medal. He'll be going for gold in a few other events. Don't know if Lochte was tired or not from the previous day's 400 IM gold, but it was a little disappointing the USA could not bring home the gold.
- Finally to gymnastics where team USA looked really good to advance to the team finals, but unfortunately, number one gymnast in the world Jordan Wieber did not advance in individual all-around, losing by the slightest of margins to her two teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. You have to feel for Wieber who had a great chance to get gold, but at least the USA has two gymnasts advancing to go for the all-around gold.
- The rule that each country is limited to no more than two gymnasts has sparked a huge debate. With 24 gymnasts advancing to the all-around, why not take the 24 best? There is no way 24 gymnasts are better than Wieber. And yes, we are making more of a big deal because she is an American, but the same argument would be and should be made if this were another country. It is a rule that should be changed.
- Full results and all things Olympics can be found at http://www.nbcolympics.com/.
Coming up on Tuesday: More Olympics thoughts plus any big NFL training camp news and top stories in sports