The Stack is here on this Tuesday needing to apologize for something in yesterday's post. I clearly jumped the gun by saying NFL free agency starts today. It does not. NFL free agency begins a week from today, Tuesday, March 12. For that glaring error, I apologize. It should not have happened. A lot of college basketball talk today as well as a couple of other things so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, March 5:
Brittney Griner scores 50
Senior night is always a special night for players as they are recognized for all they accomplished over their four years. For Baylor's Brittney Griner, she wanted to go out with a bang. And she just so happened to have her best game of her career. Griner dropped 50 points, a career high. She dunked it, the fourteenth time in her career she's done so. She was sensational. Griner is one of, if not the best player ever to play women's basketball. She will be a force in the WNBA. Congrats on the accomplishment.
Griner wasn't the only top story though in women's college basketball Monday night. UCONN and Notre Dame put on a show on senior night in South Bend. Senior Skylar Diggins helped lead the Fighting Irish back against the Huskies to force overtime to prolong senior night. And then a second overtime. And a third. In the end Diggins, who scored 29 points and company, got by UCONN 96-87 in three overtimes. This was a very good game to watch. Notre Dame knocked in a three with seconds to go in the first overtime to force overtime number two. Poor free throw shooting by UCONN didn't help. A couple of questionable fouls against the Huskies didn't help either. Great win for Notre Dame. I have a feeling we'll see these two play again in the Big East tournament and maybe the NCAA tournament.
Bowe inks five-year deal with the Chiefs
One of the potentially best free agent wide receivers this year is no longer on the market. The Kansas City Chiefs and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe agreed to a five-year deal that keeps in KC. Good move by the Chiefs. Bowe is a very talented wide receiver. With Alex Smith joining the frey, the Chiefs needed to keep weapons around him. Unfortunately for the other teams looking to add Bowe once free agency stars next Tuesday, they'll have to change their plans.
Bowe wasn't the only player the Chiefs signed Tuesday. They re-signed punter Dustin Colquitt, putting his name on the dotted line of a five-year $18.75 million, the highest for a punter in the NFL. They also slapped the franchise tag on guard Branden Albert. Have to keep talent in place. Sure the Chiefs were 2-14 last year, but they have pieces on this team. They'll be a surprise this year.
In other NFL news Monday, Anthony Spencer was given the linebacker franchise tag by the Dallas Cowboys. Spencer is a good player, but it is a little surprising he was given the linebacker tag. It's the second time he's been tagged. The two sides will try to work at a longterm deal.
Tag you're it. No, the Miami Dolphins didn't tag offensive tackle Jake Long, but rather defensive tackle Randy Starks. Long will be a free agent and it is doubtful the Dolphins will re-sign him. They are trying to get a deal done with wide receiver Brian Hartline. Wonder where Long ends up.
Also a surprise who didn't get tagged, Wes Welker. The New England Patriots opted not to franchise him or anyone. There is a report of progress being made on getting a new deal done with Welker, but at this point, a deal hasn't been done and Welker will hit free agencyc as a sought after commodity. Be interesting to see where Welker ends up. A lot of teams could use him.
Big South tournament preview
Two conferences begin tournament play today and the Big South is one of them. Their tournament takes place in Myrtle Beach March 5-10. The Big South is a one bid league. Everyone will just have to watch. Chances are, the winner will be a 16 seed too. UNC Asheville was my preseason pick to win it and they are the three seed. Would love to stick with them and it wouldn't shock me if they win this, but Charleston Southern has really impressed this year. Charleston Southern is the pick.
Horizon League tournament preview
The Horizon League also begins their tournament today and goes through March 12 on the higher seeds campus'. This tournament is all about two teams, Valparaiso and Detroit. One of these two will win it. And neither of them play until Saturday. Detroit's Ray McCallum is the best player in the tournament, but Valpo is the better team. The Crusaders are a team built for this tournament. Detroit won the tournament last year and it won't surprise me in the least if they win this, but I'll take the top seed Valporaiso to win the Horizon.
Coming up Wednesday: More conference tournament previews and other top stories in sports.