Another Wednesday, another fairly quiet day across the world of sports. The Stack was able to find a few things to talk about so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, August 23:
NFL quick hits
The New Orleans Saints have named Aaron Kromer their interim head coach while assistant head coach Joe Vitt is suspended for the first six games for his role in the bounty scandal. Saints players did have an input in who the coach was and they said that Kromer is someone well-respected in the locker room and who they believe will be able to lead them to start the season. Kromer is the team's offensive line coach. It has been a tumultioius offseason for the Saints. How will they look to start the regular season? They'll take all of this negativity and use that as motivation, but it is still going to be difficult. When you lose leaders like Sean Payton and Vitt, it is tough to replace. Naming Kromer interim head coach helps with that stability.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten looks like he'll avoid spleen surgery. The injury is healing well enough on its own according to doctors. This is goodd news for the Cowboys who have been losing weapons on offense for Tony Romo left and right. He might be a little slow getting going at first, but he'll be just fine.
Three games on the NFL preseason week 3 dock for Thursday. They include:
Green Bay @ Cincinnati 7:00 PM ET
Jacksonville @ Baltimore 7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Tennessee 8:00 PM ET ESPN
Will tonight show Arizona who their starting quarterback will be? Will Blaine Gabbert continue his impressive preseason against the Ravens defense? Will the Packers get their first preseason win against the Bengals? We'll find out tonight.
MLB fast pitches
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone, a banned PED. The 39-year old was 10-9 this year with a 3.43 ERA. I guess we know now why he was looking so good this year.
And what a night for Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. All he did was hit three homeruns in his first three at-bats last night in the Rangers 12-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Beltre finished the game three for five. What a disgrace. He should have been able to get another homerun in their. Very disappointing.
Before we go, it's not looking good that the NHL season will start on time. The two sides canceled meetings scheduled for Wednesday, hoping to resume talks this morning. We'll see. The heads of the league and the union met Wednesday morning before canceling the afternoon meetings. Again, just get a deal done. Do not wreck all of the positives that hockey has built up here the last few years.
Coming up Friday: NFL preseason thoughts and more.