My apologies for the absense of a blog the last two days. The Stack is here this Thursday to talk about all of the stories that are making headlines. Here's a hint. There aren't that many big stories. Let's get to it though and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, August 15:
Tom Brady leaves practice, scares fans
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots are holding joint practices this week prior to their game Friday night. And yesterday Patriots fans held their collective breath as quarterback Tom Brady went down after his offensive lineman was pushed back into him. His knee was injured and he had to leave practice. Torn ACL? New England would have gone insane. What would they have to do, go to Tim Tebow as their backup? While I think Tebow would do decent under Bill Belichick, he certainly is no Brady. Fortunately, Patriots fans won't have to worry. Brady is just fine. An MRI came back negative and he is day-to-day. Given what the Patriots lost this offseason, they can ill-afford to lose Brady. Heck, even if they hadn't gone through the offseason they did, they can't lose Brady. The news is good for New England and Brady will be just fine.
Jadaveon Clowney back at practice
After kind of being called out by his coach, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was back at practice Tuesday. Clowney has been dealing with a shoulder injury, though it is just a bruise. Head coach Steve Spurrier had said earlier in the week that if Clowney didn't star to improve he'd miss the season opener against North Carolina. No worries though as Clowney will play against UNC. There are some high expectations placed on the Gamecocks from their fans and some from the media as well though Clowney has even more expectations as he is likely going to be the first pick in the NFL Draft next year. Just like New England fans can exhale that Brady can be ok, that noise/wind coming from the Southeast is South Carolina fans exhaling that Clowney is ok and will play.
The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a deal with big man Nikola Pekovic. The deal is for five years and worth $60 million. That is alot of money, but Pekovic has earned it with his play the last couple of year. In case Kevin Love elects to leave instead of sign an extension or new deal when his contract is done, the Timberwolves have some insurance...Alfonso Soriano had quite the night for the New York Yankees. He hit two homeruns (including a grand slam) and knocked in seven RBIs as the Yankees crushed the Anaheim Angels 11-3. The Yankees traded for Soriano to help jumpstart their offense that has been pretty mediocre this year. This is exactly what they were looking for even if it was against the biggest disappointment in baseball, the Angels. Might be too little, too late though for the Yankees. Still a lot of baseball left to be played though...The Pittsburgh Pirates, particularly Starling Marte shook off the demons from their 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night to knock off the Cardinals 5-1 last night behind an impressive performance by Francisco Liriano. Marte did only have one hit, but he did have two RBIs, something he needed after being so hard on himself for dropping a ball in the 9th inning that would have put the Pirates one out from victory. The Pirates ended up giving up the lead and losing in extras.
Second NFL preseason games for most teams start tonight
Apart from the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, every NFL team plays their second preseason game of the 2013-14 NFL season this week and tonight, four games kick it off:
Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM ET
Detroit Lions @ Cleveland Browns 7:30 PM ET
Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles 7:30 PM ET
San Diego Chargers @ Chicago Bears 8 PM ET ESPN
A couple of interesting storylines to watch for tonight include seeing how Brandon Stokely and Dallas Clark look for the Baltimore Ravens in their first game with their new team. Brandon Weeden was impressive against the St. Louis Rams last week so it will be important to see how he looks tonight for the Cleveland Browns as the QB competition remains "close" according to head coach Rob Chudzinski. It's another chance to see the Eagles under Chip Kelly's spread offense and how the Bears are adapting to new head coach Marc Trestman. It's good to have football back.
Coming up Friday: More NFL talk plus other top stories in sports