The NBA regular season is over, but the Stack is not here to talk NBA playoffs today. That preview comes tomorrow so be sure to check back for that. There are a couple of things to talk about today though so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, April 18:
Bruins lose in first sporting event since Marathon bombings
The first sporting event in the city of Boston since the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday took place last night as the Boston Bruins hosted the Buffalo Sabres in front of a very emotional crowd. The national anthem was especially cool as the fans all sang as one. Gives you goosebumpes. What a fantastic atmosphere. Unfortunately, the Bruins lost to the Sabres 3-2 in a shootout. The team probably played a little tight, wanting so bad give the fans and the city of Boston a win, but just couldn't pull it out. Still, it was great to see a sense of normalcy with this sporting even in Boston. As the investigation continues, authorities are starting to find answers and that's a very good thing. Boston Strong. That's the motto and the citizens of Boston will continue to live that out day after day. The entire country is behind you and supports you.
Clay Matthews strikes it rich
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will be staying in Green Bay a little longer. One of the best linebackers in the game, Matthews agreed to a five-year extension worth $65 million, $31 million guaranteed. Matthews anchors the Packers defense. The Packers needed to resign him. Without him, their defense would be awful. The big question remains now as to when the Packers will sign quarterback Aaron Rodgers to an extension. They will at some point. There is no chance the Packers let Rodgers go. He will be the highest paid quarterback in NFL history guaranteed. I don't believe the Packers have a ton of salary cap room, but they'll get a deal done that works within the cap. Better do it sooner than later though.
NFL schedule comes out tonight
For me, it's the best day of the NFL offseason. I look forward to this day more than any other. Tonight at 8 PM ET, the NFL will release the 2013-14 NFL schedule. Every team will know their schedule. This is great for both the players and fans. You want to see how many primetime games your team will get, when you travel to your biggest rivals, how many cold weather games you have, what the Thanksgiving Day slate looks like and whether you end at home or on the road. Then of course you want to see when the big rivalry games are. When will Andrew Luck and the Colts go vist Peyton Manning and the Broncos? When will Greg Jennings return to Green Bay as a Viking? When will the NFC Championship game rematch between the 49ers and Falcons take place? When will Baltimore tangle with Denver? All of this will be found out tonight. Can't wait. Like last year, over the next couple of months, we'll take a look at some interesting facts about each team's schedule. That will start next week.
Coming up tomorrow: NBA playoff preview