The Stack joins you on this Monday with plenty of Olympic reaction from a interesting day 10 in London plus some NFL news so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, August 6:
Plenty of interesting stories and fantastic performances came out of day 9 in London. If you missed anything from over the weekend, check out the other couple of posts under the recent posts section. Here are some of the highlights from another magnificent Sunday at the Olympics:
- The USA women's basketball team was all business, crushing China 114-66. The 114 points scored tied an American Olympic record. USA was flawless. And they showed great class by not going for the record with fifteen seconds left. No reason to believe they won't win gold.
- In women's beach volleyball, both American teams have advanced to the semi-finals. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings took care of the Italian team in two sets while April Ross and Jen Kessy knocked off the Czech Republic in two sets. Going to be interesting to see how each team plays in their semi-final match.
- Gymnastics is featuring individual events and very few events in the Olympics seemed more sure than American McKayla Maroney winning gold in the vault. But a fall on her second vault gave her a silver medal. Not bad all things considered. Good job McKayla. And in men's pommel horse, Hungarian Krisztian Berki and Great Britain's Louis Smith tied, but because Smith had more deductions taken off, he was given silver. That is a tough way to go out, but it's still a proud moment for Great Britain and Smith that he won silver.
- China's diving dominance continues. They took gold and silver in the women's 3m springboard. They've won a medal (gold I believe) in every Olympics since 1984. Amazing!
- You want to talk about close calls? How about in men's 50m pistol shooting competition where South Korean Jin Jongoh beat fellow countryman Choi Young Rae by half a point for the gold medal 662-661.5. Wow! What a finish.
- In tennis, Great Britain was all smiles as their own Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in three sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to win the gold medal. Murray lost to Federer in Wimbledon a few weeks ago so this had to feel really good. And Great Britain couldn't be more proud. And in women's doubles Venus and Serena Williams will once again bring home gold following their 6-4, 6-4 win over the Czech Republic.
- Plenty of action in track and field. Among the races for medals, one was the women's 400m and American Sanya Richards-Ross, wife of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross, won gold with a time of 49.55. She was very smart and saved her energy for when she needed it the final 100m. Speaking of 100m, the men's 100m final was yesterday and Usain Bolt did it again, setting an Olympic record of 9.63 seconds to win gold. Countryman Yohan Blake won silver. American Justin Gatlin won bronze. No doubt Bolt is the fastest man in the world. He flew down the track. Amazing race. And one final note, South African Oscar Pistorius finished last in his semifinal of the 400m. So ends the run to a truly inspirational story. Pistorius will run for South Africa in the relay race and will participate in the Paralympics. Good guy. Wish he had made it to the finals.
- In women's indoor volleyball, team USA crushed Turkey 3-0. They looked really good, especially Destinee Hooker. They're in to the quarterfinals.
- In women's water polo, team USA beat Italy 9-6 to advance to the semi-finals where they will face Australia.
- Medal count is as follows: China leads in all-around medals (61) and gold medals (30) with the USA in second with 60 medals (28 gold). Great Britain, thanks to a great Saturday is in third that saw six gold medals, is in third with 37 medals.
More great Olympic action today on NBC, MSNBC and the NBC Sports Network. Full results, stories and more can be found at http://www.nbcolympics.com/index.html.
NFL news and notes
It was a nice weekend in Canton, Ohio, as six players were inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. Curtis Martin headlined the group that also included Willie Roaf, Cortez Kennedy, Chris Dolman, Dermontti Dawson and Jack Butler. Everyone's speeches were very good, but Martin's was by far and away the best. So moving, so well spoken. It left many people choked up. And he did the speech without any notes. Congrats to all who made the hall.
The game itself marks the unofficial official beginning to the NFL season. The New Orleans Saints beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10. Perhaps most interesting in this game was how bad Kevin Kolb looked at quarterback for the Cardinals, throwing an interception on his first pass of the game. He later suffered a rib injury. This job is John Skelton's to lose. The Cardinals did not make a wise investment in trading for Kolb (not to toot my own horn, but I did say that I wouldn't want my favorite team trading for Kolb, because he was unproven). All teams will play a preseason game this upcoming week and we'll have much more on those games as they come up.
Bad news out of Vikings camp where rookie wide receiver Greg Childs, expected to make an immediate impact on offense, has suffered a torn patella in each leg and will miss the entire season. He had a similar injury his junior year at Arkansas. Bad news for the Vikings who need as many weapons as possible on offense to help Christian Ponder.
And finally, sad news to report out of Phildelphia Eagles camp where 29-year old Garrett Reid, oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his training camp dorm apartment Sunday morning. He was helping out with the team's strength training and conditioning coach. No cause of death has been determined. Thoughts and prayers are with coach Reid, his family and the Eagles team during this very difficult time.
Coming up Tuesday: More Olympic reaction plus other top sports headlines.