The Stack joins you today and we only have a few things to talk about. Yes, a shorter blog today. Not everday can have a ton of big news and headlines in it, but let's take a look and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, March 7:
Impressive streaks continue
Two of the most impressive active streaks in sports continued last night, though both were close to ending. The Miami Heat extended their win streak to sixteen with a 97-96 win over the Orlando Magic. But they struggled mightily in the second half to the Magic. The Magic! They're not that good. The Heat had a fifteen point lead at half and let it go. They needed a LeBron James layup with 3.2 seconds left to regain the lead. He scored 26 points in the game. Sure the Heat are going to go through a bit of a slump during a game, but blowing a big lead at home against a team like Orlando shouldn't happen. Still, every team is going to give it their best to beat the Heat and end the streak. Heck, even without this win streak, every team would try their hardest to beat the Heat given the Heat's roster. Miami looks to extend the streak to seventeen games Friday against Philadelphia. Chalk up another win.
The Chicago Blackhawks also kept their unprecedented point streak going with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche held a 2-1 lead going into the third, but Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game up 2-2 and despite losing Patrick Sharp in the period, they were able hold off any Avalanche chances to regain the lead. Finally, in the last minute of the game, Daniel Carcillo scored his first goal of the year to keep the streak alive. 21-0-3. Unbelievable! That's thrity straight games dating back to last season with at least a point. What the Blackhawks are doing is simply amazing. Yes, the Blackhawks do have shootout and overtime losses, but to earn a point in thirty straight games is stunning. Twenty-four this year with the shortened season is stunning. Their streak is more impressive than the Heat's. Agree or disagree?
Mark Teixeira out two months
That wrist injury that New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered? Was only going to be a couple of weeks, but after further testing, the injury timeline shifted to Teixeira being out 8-10 weeks. He will miss at least the first month of the season and is out for the Wold Baseball Classic. The hits just keep coming for the Yankees. First Granderson factures his wrist being hit by a pitch in his first spring training at bat. Then you have Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera recovering from injuries from last year. The Yankees are going to have a rough go at it to start the season off. They'll get off to a slow start. The trick will be to stay within striking distance in what is going to be a very competitive AL East this year. The Yankees can ill afford another injury to anyone, pitcher or bat in their starting lineup.
NFL moves and non-moves
Few quick headlines from the NFL yesterday. First, the San Francisco 49ers are giving kicker David Akers the boot. The team released him after two years with the team. Akers started the year off great, tying the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal against the Green Bay Packers, but after that the season went south. He missed fifteen field goals, going 29 for 44. It was clear his confidence was shaken. He's bound to land somewhere else or at least get an opportunity to compete for a spot with a team unless he chooses to retire. His body of work is better than just the one year. Still, it was a bad year for Akers...Speaking of the 49ers, sources say that the chances of them trading for New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis aren't good. The source says the 49ers aren't serious in chasing Revis and that the 49ers interest is a ".001 on a scale of 1-10." Then again, maybe they are. Don't want to show your hand too much and the Jets have the leverage. Some team will land Revis. He won't stay with the Jets. And it wouldn't shock me if the 49ers end up being that team. They have fifteen draft picks this year!...Finally, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will test free agency rather than sign a deal with the Patriots. He still may end up signing with the Patriots, but he wants to see what he would make with another team first. He'll get paid. It's likely he's done in New England. A lot of teams will want Welker's services. It's all about money though. If the money isn't extraordinarly better than what he would get from New England, maybe Welker will return. We'll all see when free agency starts Tuesday, March 12.
Missouri Valley Conference tournament preview
Only one conference tournament begins today and it is the conference that traditionally produces a Cinderella or two, the Missouri Valley. This is a tournament to keep your eye on. Both Creighton and Wichita State will make the NCAA tournament. Nobody else will unless they win the conference tournament. Indiana State was looking pretty good for a while there before they lost a string of games late. They have the talent though to win the tournament. In the end, I'll take Wichita State to win the MVC. Creighton has the best player in Doug McDermott, but they haven't been playing their best basketball recently. Wichita State is playing better and they will take the title, but Creighton will still make the NCAA tournament.
Also of note, #5 Georgetown and #6 Miami (FL) lost last night to Villanova and Georgia Tech respectively. Those losses are killers as it looks like it will knock Georgetown off the one seed (for now) and Miami will have to win the ACC tournament to have a shot at a one seed. Don't think it's going to happen. It will be close though.
Coming up Friday: College basketball tournament previews plus other top news in sports.