Monday of Super Bowl week 2013 is in the books and The Stack has a few things to talk about this Tuesday morning so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, January 29:
Super Bowl storyline number three
If you want to look at a comparison of the two quarterbacks in the Super Bowl, that will come Friday. No, this is about one quarterback in particular who has jettisoned his way up to being one of the elite quarterbacks in the game should he win. Heck, if he doesn't win the game he'll still be in the top ten. Looks like ESPN's Ron Jaworski was right all along. Of course, we're talking about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He has a golden opportunity to put himself squarely in the debate of elite status with a win on Sunday.
Flacco has played amazing well this postseason. He has a great ability to throw the deep ball, as evidenced by the "Rocky Mountain Rainbow" against Denver in the divisional playoffs. That whole game he was sensational. Of course, Flacco has had his ups and downs during the regular season, but come playoff time, he has been ready. He's really vaulted his stock with this playoff run. He hasn't thrown a pick yet this postseason.
Where would you put Flacco in terms of best NFL quarterbacks if he wins? There are at least five quarterbacks better...
- Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
- Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
- Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos)
- Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
- Eli Manning (New York Giants)
After those five, you can argue that Flacco deserves to be number six should he win the Super Bowl. Who else would you put above Flacco? Flacco has a lot riding on this game. He could be paid big time with a win. As in close to $20 million a year like he is asking for. It's going to be interesting to see just whether or not that Flacco can add to his legacy with a win and join that elite club. Just one more reason to tune in to the Super Bowl Sunday.
Tiger wins 75th career PGA tournament
History was made Monday at Torrey Pines where Tiger Woods fought off the competition in the final round to finish fourteen under (-14) and win the Farmers Insurance Open. It was his eighth victory at the course at Torrey Pines, a record. His 75 tour wins is only seven behind Sam Snead, who holds the record. Woods was dominant pretty much from start to finish. He was dialed in. After missing the cut in his previous tournament in Abu Dhabi, Woods came out with a lot of focus and determination. We've seen this happen before though. The key will be whether or not Woods can sustain this and build off of it. Every time he wins a tournament in this fashion, people want to claim he is back and Tiger will win every tournament he plays in and watch out in the majors. Seems as though everytime that happens, Woods has a setback or plays poorly. This is a big year for Woods. He would like to win at least one major and get closer to Jack Nicklaus' record of eighteen major victories. If he plays like he did at Torrey Pines, winning a major this year won't be a problem.
Shocker, NFL players don't like Goodell.
Better sit down for this news. In a poll conducted by USA Today Sports, 61 percent of NFL players disapprove of the job Roger Goodell has done as NFL Commissioner. It's easy to see why. The lockout that fell under Goodell's watch even though only the Hall of Fame game was the only game that was canceled didn't endear himself to the players. The players should remember though that Goodell speaks on the owners behalf, but he does receive the lions' share of the blame and criticism. Bountygate doesn't help, especially with the city of New Orleans and the New Orleans Saints. The major sticking point though is players safety. The players hate how Goodell is changing the way they play the game, especially the defensive players who have really had to change their technique on how they tackle and go for big hits. They view him as a hypocrite for asking them to play an eighteen game regular season schedule while continuing to say player's safety is of utmost importance to the league. Don't understand it. However, Goodell has done a great job getting the NFL to a level of popularity we've never ever seen before. The players have benefited from that. Goodell has a lot put on his plate and he may have not always made the best decision, but he is trying to do what's best for the NFL, both short-term and long-term. For only 61 percent of players polled to say that they disapprove means that there is a good chunk of players that are noticing what Goodell is trying to do for the NFL, both now and in the future.
Coming up Wednesday: Super Bowl storyline #4 and other big news