It's Thursday and it's not just the Olympics that are continuing that we have an eye on, but also the NFL preseason kicks off with preseason week one actiton and the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. So let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, August 9:
Day 12 Olympic highlights
Day 12 did not disappoint with plenty of great performances and storylines coming out of London. Here are some of the headlines from Wednesday at the Olympics:
- In men's basketball, the USA breezed by Australia 119-86 setting up a re-match with Argentina who beat Brazli 82-77. Argentina will be ready on Friday.
- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings are golden once again. They made history yesterday by winning their third consectuve gold medal in beach volleyball when they knocked off the other American team of April Ross and Jen Kessy. May-Treanor leaves the sport a winner. Walsh Jennings will continue to play. Congrats ladies on the gold. What a career the two of you have had.
- Great action on the handball court yesterday with two quarterfinals decided by two goals and the other two decided by one goal. Very exciting. That includes Iceland being knocked off by Hugary 34-33. The team that won gold in Beijing will not repeat that feat in London this year.
- A stunner in men's indoor volleyball where
team USA will not defend it's 2008 gold medal in Beijing following a
sweep by Italy 3-0. The US should have won this match heading in, but
they struggled big time and Italy came to play. Stunning result for the
US. This is a huge upset.
- The US men's water polo team is done following their 8-2 loss to Croatia. The US just couldn't find the net. Croatia's goalie was very tough. No medal for the US.
- Finally in track and field, a number of different medals were awarded last night and the US did fairly well. Maybe that's an understatement. Brittney Reese won gold in the women's long jump. Fellow American Janay DeLoach won bronze. LaShinda Demus won silver in the women's 400m hurdles and she said later she wants to be back in 2016 to win gold. Lofty goal. Hope she can do it. Allyson Felix won gold in the women's 200m with Carmelita Jeter winning bronze. Finally in the men's 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt won gold with Jason Richardson winning silver. Not a bad day on the track for the Americans. The 200m semifinals also ran and Usain Bolt won his semifinal. He should win the 200m final when they happen Thursday.
For more on these stories, schedules and all things Olympics go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/index.html
NFL preseason kicks off
Yes the Hall-of-Fame game between the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints last Sunday was technically the beginning of the 2012-13 NFL season, tonight is the big night as a dozen teams start their season and their quest to get to New Orleans to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Tonight's games include:
Washington Redskins @ Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM ET (First look at RGIII)
Baltimore Ravens @ Atlanta Falcons 7:30 PM ET (Maybe a Super Bowl preview? Long shot)
New Orleans Saints @ New England Patriots 7:30 PM ET (A far more likely SB preview)
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles 7:30 PM ET (Battle of Pennsylvania. Will be interesting to watch Andy Reid and see if the Eagles give an extra effor to get him a win.)
Green Bay Packers @ San Diego Chargers 8:00 PM ET ESPN (Shannon Eastin makes her debut as the first female NFL referee.)
Denver Brocnos @ Chicago Bears 8:30 PM ET (First look at Peyton Manning in orange. Can't believe I just said that.)
It's exciting that the NFL season is about to begin. Enjoy the preseason action.
PGA Championship preview
It may be hard to believe, but golf's final major is upon us. The PGA Championship this time takes place at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. And this is a difficult course. Water will play a major factor in this championship. The course is 7,676 yards long. Yeah it's going to be difficult for the players. We keep seeing new faces win majors or old friends lilke Ernie Els winning the British Open a few weeks back. I would say if the winner this week is at two under (-2) it would be an accomplishment. No lead will be safe. Personally, I'd love to see Tiger Woods win, but I'm not confident that willl happen. Phil Mickelson, no way. Rory McIlroy, eh, maybe. We're probably going to see another non-household name win or a player who has yet to win his first major. And to be honest, I don't know who that may be. I'll take Dustin Johnson or Reggie Fowler to win though I will be cheering for Tiger and Rory. Should be a great tournament. Coverage is on TNT and CBS.
Coming up Friday: Day 13 Olympic highlights and preason thoughts