The Stack is a little solemn and a little short after yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. "The Stack" was published a little late yesterday so take a look if you haven't yet. Only a couple of things to talk about so let's get right to "the stack" for today, Tuesday, April 16:
Boston Marathon marred by tragedy
Every year, Bostonians celebrate Patriots Day. The Red Sox play an early game and the Boston Marathon finishes a little while after. It's supposed to be a happy day. Unfortunately yesterday, as we all know, did not end up happy. Two bombs, blowing up seconds apart from each other near the finish line sent shock waves throughout the United States and the world. The explosions happened some two hours after the first runner crossed the finish line. As of writing this post, three are dead including an eight-year old and more than 140 are injured. You can find the details on the story and so much more at news stations like CNN, NBC, ABC and others. They're calling it a terrorirst attack. This is a senseless act and those responsible will be brought to justice. Not going to lie, when I first heard it, I immediately thought of 9/11. Thank goodness the lives lost isn't going to be nearly as high, but any loss of life in a situation like this is more than it should be. What a tragedy. The NHL postponed the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins game set to take place Monday night as well they should have. Need all of the authorities and resources focused on catching the people who committed this crime. And props to the NBA for canceling tonight's game between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics. Though the regular season ends on Wednesday, nothing would have changed based on the outcome of the game. Sports can be a temporary distraction, a chance to unite as one, but both the NHL and NBA made the right decisions on this one. All across the country, a moment of silence was held at last night's sporting events; baseball, basketball and hockey. As well it should have. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people and families affected by this tragedy on what should have been a day of celebration.
Nerlens Noel declares for draft
Despite suffering a torn ACL during the regular season, Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel has declared for the NBA draft. He is the projected number one pick and the number one overall prospect according to many NBA experts. We'll have to see just how well he can recover from that torn ACL, but perhaps it says something about the class of 2013 that a guy with a torn ACL is still going to be picked number one.
A couple of other players also declared for the draft. Georgetown sophomore SF Otto Porter also declared for the draft and is a projected top five pick. And Georgia sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell Pope is leaving school for the draft as well. He's a likely first round pick.
Brittney Griner number one pick in WNBA draft
In a no-brainer, Baylor center Brittney Griner was the number one overall pick in the WNBA draft last night by the Phoenix Mercury. Griner dominated women's college basketball. There is a lot of hope and expectation that she can do the same thing in the WNBA and increase the popularity of the game. I'm not going to doubt her and her ability to transcend her game from college to the pros. Watch out WNBA. Griner is coming and she has game. The rest of the WNBA first round draft picks can be found here.
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