The Stack's stack is a little shorter today what with all of the controversy surrounding the Packers-Seahawks game Monday night. You'd almost think nothing else happened in the world of sports. So let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, September 26:
NFL says Seahawks win stands
As expected, a decision that very few people agree with stood yesterday as the NFL released a statement saying that they agreed with the officials decision that that infamous last play was indeed a touchdown catch and that the officials called it correct. Are they blind or just plain stupid? Anyone with a brain can see that Packers cornerback D.J. Jennings had two hands on the ball and when he came down had the ball in his chest. Sure Golden Tate had a hand on it and eventually wrestled it away, but that is a mute point after Jennings is on the ground with control of the ball. The NFL did say that the officials missed Tate's pushoff and that an offensive pass interference penalty should have been called. Well thank God they said something about that. What a freaking joke. How can they stand by these officials? I understand they want to defend the replacement officials, but how can you defend a play that decided a game, that gave the Packers a loss they did not deserve, a a call that a monkey could have determined was intercepted. We'll see exactly what the fallout is and how this impacts both teams the rest of the season. The league better be hoping and praying that this doesn't affect the Packers playoff standing. Wisconsin would go irate. Even their governor, Governor Scott Walker, who is the most anti-labor person ever, said that it is time to get the real refs back. Though I think he's a sleezeball, I say here-here to that.
Now the NFL did meet with the locked out officials yesterday until 2 AM ET this morning. Much work remains, but hopefully for the NFL's sake in terms of stopping them from becoming a running joke, the real officials can come back for week 5.
Notre Dame-Michigan series on hold
Maybe after losing to Notre Dame, Michigan felt like this would be the beginning of a long losing streak against Notre Dame and wanted to end it. No, that's not case. Due to Notre Dame playing five ACC teams a year when the school moves to the ACC for all sports but football, Notre Dame's series with Michigan will be on hold after their 2014 meeting. The two teams had games scheduled 2015-17, but were already taking '18 and '19 off. Hopefully they can get this series back and going in 2020. Two big fan bases with two teams that are heading in the right direction want to see this series continue. But with Notre Dame needing to play five ACC teams a year, Michigan unfortunately became a casualty. Perhaps once Notre Dame joins a permanent conference, they'll be able to play Michigan yearly.
Atlanta Braves heading back to the postseason
Following last year's collapse, you'll have to excuse Braves fans for being a little hesitant and skeptical that their team wouldn't run into that same problem this year. They did not though thanks to Freddie Freeman's walkoff two-run homerun to give the Atlanta Braves a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins. The win clinched a playoff spot for the Braves. Barring a stunning collapse from the Nationals, the Braves will be a wild card team. We'll see if this is a different year for the Braves.
Races are coming down to the final wire. The AL East race remains tight between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees have a 1.5 game lead over the Orioles. Got to think the Yankees will win the east and the Orioles will get in as a wild card.
The AL Central is in a dead tie with both the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox having identical 82-72 records. The White Sox are really falling apart right now. I think the Tigers will have enough to get them to the playoffs while the White Sox will be watching the playoffs from home, but check back with me next week.
The other AL wild card spot is going to be interesting. The Texas Rangers will win the AL West, but the Oakland Athletics and Anaheim Angels will be slugging it out for the final wild card spot. Tha Athletics hold a two game lead over the Angels, but the Angels are charging fast. Nobody wants to face them in the postseason. Can the A's hold them off? I really don't know.
In the NL, the Washington Nationals have the NL East virtually in the bag. The San Francisco Giants will win the NL West. The Cincinnati Reds have won the NL Central. The Braves are in the playoffs and the Cardinals hold a 4.5 game lead. Got to think they'll hold everyone off. Will be an exciting playoff season as the Hunt for October winds down.
Before we go, couple of other things to get to. The NHL and NHLPA will resume labor talks on Friday in hopes of resolving the lockout. Good luck. Still think they have at least a few more weeks before anything gets solved...And congrats to Brandt Snedeker for winning golf's Fed Ex Cup and a cool ten million dollars. Add to it the million he got from the tournament and that is a nice eleven million dollar pay day. Just another day at the office for Snedeker, one of the really nice guys on the tour. Good for him.
Coming up Thursday: Thursday night football preview and more.