The Stack is a little late on this Thursday and there's not a ton to talk about today, but there are a few things so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, December 6:
Percy Harvin placed on IR
The Minnesota Vikings have finally made it official. They have placed wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve with a bum ankle, effectively ending his season even if the Vikings somehow find a way to make the playoffs. It's a big blow to the Vikings. Their passing offense has been awful without Harvin. Heck, it wasn't all that great with Harvin. They definitely miss Harvin's big play making ability. Christian Ponder has been bad at quarterback for the Vikings and he misses Harvin a lot. The Vikings have a big decision to make with Harvin now as he is set to become a free agent. Considering how dynamic he is and how big a part of the offense is, the Vikings would be crazy not to re-sign him. The big question is though, will Harvin want to sign with the Vikings? I certainly hope so.
Kobe Bryant reaches 30,000 points
Kobe Bryant reached another milestone Wednesday night against the New Orleans Hornets. The Lakers guard became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points as he scored 29 points in the Lakers 103-87 win. It took Bryant 34 years, 105 days to reach the mark. And he joins some exclusive company. The rest of the players to score 30,000 points includes...
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points)
- Karl Malone (36,928 points)
- Michael Jordan (32,292 points)
- Wilt Chamberlain (31,419 points)
Got a feeling Bryant is not done yet. He is one of the best players to have ever played the game. Regardless of what you think about him, there is no denying that this guy can play.
Broncos-Raiders AFC West clash on TNF
Two weeks remain in the Thursday night football schedule and tonight's game unfortunately isn't a great one although we do get to see Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos head to the Black Hole to take on the Oakland Raiders. Listen, the Raiders are 3-9. The Broncos are 9-3. Regardless that they had to travel on a short week, the Broncos should win this game. An upset is possible because of the rivalry factor, but the Raiders defense has been awful this year. Do you really think they can stop Manning? I don't think so either. Thoughts and condolences to Raiders head coach Dennis Allen on the passing of his father a couple of days ago. He will coach in this game. So maybe the Raiders come out inspired. Still think they lose.
Prediction: Broncos 31 Raiders 20
Finally, before we go, NHL labor talks seem to be making progress thanks in large part or entirely to the owners and the players meeting together on Tuesday. Still a ways to go and you don't want to show too much optimism if you're a hockey fan considering what has happened everytime the two sides have talked, but if a new deal could be reached by Christmas, it would be a great Christmas gift.
Coming up Friday: NFL Week 14 preview and predictions