The Stack is here after the weekend and there could be some major news dropping today. We know that Alex Rodriguez is likely to be suspended after MLB broke off talks with his representatives over the weekend. So while we wait for the hammer to offically drop, let's take a look and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, August 5:
A-Rod ban likely through 2014
Just to further re-iterate and add to the opening, news broke Saturday night that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's suspension should be announced Monday and it's not good news for Rodriguez after Rodriugez's representatives and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig's officalls could not come to a settlement on a fair punishment after talks got tense. Selig's reps said there would be no more negotiating and ESPN's Outside The Lines is reporting that A-Rod will be suspended for the remainder of this season through the end of the 2014 season and that an announcement is likely to come today. While not the lifetime ban that some thought Rodriguez would get, this is certainly a very stiff penalty levied against the face of the Biogenesis case. A ban of that length would mean that A-Rod wouldn't return to the diamond play a game until he is 40 years old with two years remaining on his deal should the Yankees keep him on the roster. He is owed a lot of sallary and there will certainly be a great deal of drama as to what the Yankees ulitmately decide to do and whether or Rodriguez will ever play again. The Yankees surely don't want to be on the hook for all of that money, but Rodriguez doesn't want to be let go so he can come back in a year or two. Perhaps we're getting ahead of ourselves. We have to see exactly what A-Rod gets, but if this report is true, things could turn really ugly between A-Rod and the Yankees. The twelve other players in the Biogenesis case will also learn their fates on Monday according to OTL. There might be a little reaction tomorrow.
Greg Oden to sign with Heat
Former number one overall pick Greg Oden has agreed to a two-year, veteran minimum deal with the Miami Heat in hopes of resurrecting a career marred by injuries. Perhaps he looks at Miami as the only real hope he has of winning an NBA championship before his knees give out for good. If healthy, Oden certainly helps a Heat team lacking in size from big post guys. While six teams in all were going after Oden's services, really it is the Heat that made the most sense for Oden because of his health issue and the glaring need the Heat have for more size. This is a good fit for all and plenty of NBA fans wish Oden the best in hopes that this is the year he can stay healthy. Until he does it though, there will be plenty of skeptics and rightfully so. Miami is in a win-win situation here. If Oden flops, it only costs Miami the league minimum. If Oden is sensational, the Heat are likely to be a three-peat winner.
NFL Hall-of-Fame thoughts
Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, an annual ritual and tradition once again took place. Fans and hall-of-famers alike ascended upon Canton for NFL hall-of-fame weekend, watching seven former players and coaches unveil their busts and get enshrined into the hall. Players included:
- Jonathan Ogden-Offensive Tackle
- Dave Robinson-Linebacker
- Larry Allen-Guard
- Bill Parcells-Coach/GM
- Curley Culp-Defensive Tackle
- Warren Sapp-Defensive Tackle
- Cris Carter-Wide Receiver
It was a fantastic night full of great speeches from some of the best guys ever to play/coach the game. Each one provided their own unique and poignant touch on their speeches as to how much it meant for them to be in Canton. They thanked countless people, coaches and family namely, and overall expressed what it was like to play in the NFL and their road to get to Canton. One of the many meccas you need to go to sometime if you're a sports fan and a definite must if you're an NFL fan is Canton, Ohio, and the NFL Hall-of-Fame.
It was also nice to see football back last night as the Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-20. Quarterback Tony Romo didn't play for the Cowboys as expected. The starters for both teams didn't last more than a series or two. Overall, it was a preseason game, but it is certainly nice to have the NFL back on TV and the game capped an amazing weekend. Congrats to all who made the hall.
Tiger Woods wins...a tournament that's not a major
For the fifth time this year, Tiger Woods won a tournament. None of those five wins have been a major championship however. For the eighth time in his career, Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, cruising to a seven stroke win by shooting fifteen under (-15) for the tournament. He did his damage Thursday and Friday and played smart and coasted to victory over the weekend. Woods has looked really good in the tournaments he's won this year. Problem is, none of that transfers over to the major championships and with the PGA Championship this week, Woods needs to play like he did this past week to win his fifteenth major. Woods most likely will enter the PGA Championship as the favorite to win a major, but until he actually does win that fifteenth major, very few will believe he is going to win.
Finally before we go, there will be no grand slam in golf on the LPGA Tour for Inbee Park as she just didn't have her "A" game at the Women's British Open. Stacy Lewis won the Open at eight under (-8). It would have been have pretty amazing to see Park win and win that grand slam, something no golfer has ever done. Her dominance on tour is still pretty amazing though. She'll win another championship or two or three very soon.
Coming up Tuesday: Reaction to top sports stories/headlines from Monday