Not too much in "the stack" for today. But The Stack doesn't need to say too much. Perhaps some unemployed radio station jocks can help fill in the time. We'll get to that and more so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, June 18:
Bruins shutout Blackhawks, take 2-1 series lead
The Boston Bruins hangover from their triple overtime loss in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals lasted one period before they got down to business and knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime to tie series. Boston's strong play continued last night. Led by goalie Tuukka Rask and his 28 saves, the Bruins used two second period goals to power their way past the Blackhakws 2-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Game four is Wednesday night in Boston at 8 PM ET on NBC. Rask made some big saves when he needed to, but Boston really was in control of this game from the opening puck drop. They peppered Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford with 35 shots and Crawford played really well, but letting by was ultimately the Blackhawks doom. The Blackhawks right now are in a lot of trouble. Rask is playing phenominal and if the Blackhawks don't show a little more heart and can't outplay Boston, they will be heading back to Chicago down 3-1.
Atlanta radio hosts fired after awful practical joke
In a classlass, tasteless and completely unfunny moment, three Atlanta radio personalties are on the unemployment line following a bit that showed complete lack of judgement. The bit that got the three hosts canned was making fun of former New Orleans Saints safey Steve Gleason who has ALS. You can listen to it here. It's highly offensive. The radio station was flooded with phone calls with angry people and suspended the hosts from "Mayhem in the AM" on 790 The Zone before ultimately making the decision to fire hosts Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino. A couple of them expressed regret afterwards for their lack of judgement, but it wasn't enough. Quite frankly, it never was going to be. Management had to fire them. You can't have hosts of a radio show do a bit like that and keep their jobs after being as offensive as they did. I should know. I host a weekly radio show (The Sports Block on 90.7 KSDJ and ksdjradio.com Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm). Kudos to management for taking swift action and canning these clowns.
Other misc. items...
A few other quick headlines from Monday include...
The Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics renewed trade talks yesterday. The Clippers hope to land head coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett, but the Celtics want guard Eric Bledsoe along with DeAndre Jordan and a first round pick. The Clippers seem unwilling at this point to part with Bledsoe. Expect a decision soon...The New York Rangers have found their next man to follow succeed John Tortorella. Alain Vigneault, former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, has agreed to become the Rangers new head coach, and will sign a five year deal. Aside from the lack of playoff success the last couple of years, this is a good hire by the Rangers...And Chad Johnson has been released from jail following an apology to Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh for his actions in her courtroom last week. McHugh overreacted (that's putting it nicely) after Johnson patted his lawyer on the backside for doing a good job in getting Johnson a plea deal after he violated his probation. McHugh said she wouldn't accept the plea deal and put Johnson in jail for thirty days. Whether it was thanks to the public criticism, a change of heart or maybe just wanting to give Johnson another chance, this is the right move by Judge McHugh. Now Johnson needs to keep his end of the bargain up and not screw up.
Coming up Wednesday: NBA Finals game 6 reaction plus other top headlines in sports