The Stack is here on this Friday with a few things to talk about today...mainly football. Let's not waste any more time and get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Friday, August 16:
MLB to expand replay
Baseball has been slow to adapt to the changing technological advancements in the world, believing that human error should be a part of a game rich with tradition. Most of the time that's a good thing. Not when it comes to instant replay however. Finally, after much resistence from outside pressure and perhaps sick of the bad calls we're seeing the past couple of seasons, baseball will expand instant replay next year. The managers will be able to challenge calls next year; one challenge through the first six innings and two in the seventh inning on. Everytime a challenge is raised, a crew back at MLB headquarters in New York will take a look at the play and make the final decision. This is a monumental step for baseball and one that will hopefully be good for the sport. Now instead of managers going out to argue with the umpire for five or ten minutes, a challenge can be made and a resolution from New York will happen in less time..at least you would hope. It's going to take some time for managers to get used to this new found power that they have. It should be noted that 75 percent of the owners have to agree to this rule when they meet in November. The players and umpires associations will also have to vote on it, but it appears like this will happen. Good news for baseball and the fans. Sometimes a bad call can cost a team a game and that one game may mean a shot at the playoffs or not. This will be interesting to see how this changes the sport.
Thoughts from Thursday night preseason football
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman is really doing a nice job with his football team. They look like they will be right there until the end in the NFC North and their talent was on full display last night against San Diego. The defense forced four first half turnovers showing that they are still the same ball-hawking unit as last year. They ran the ball well. Jay Cutler looked good. The Bears have a lot of good pieces. They beat the Chargers 33-28.
Nick Foles got the start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and he didn't look too bad apart from an ill-advised interception in the end zone. He did rush for a touchdown. Michael Vick was decent, but head coach Chip Kelly still won't name his starter. Have to think that Vick has the upper hand and truth be told, he is the better of the two quarterbacks. If the Eagles go with Foles, Vick is going to want a trade. The Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 14-9.
The Baltimore Ravens didn't look sharp at all in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons, but they came back to win 27-23.
And the Cleveland Browns put a whooping on the Detroit Lions 24-6. Brandon Weeden looked really good once again, throwing two touchdowns and goinig 8 for 12 in the process. He's got the starting gig.
Friday night preseason games
Four more preseason games tonight with the rest on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Minnesota Vikings @ Buffalo Bills 7 PM ET
San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs 8 PM ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New England Patriots 8 PM ET FOX
Oakland Raideres @ New Orleans Saints 8 PM ET
Tom Brady was back at practice yesterday a day after he left practice with a hurt knee and all of New England freaked out. He's fine and the Patriots will be just fine. They need him though. If he goes down, the Patriots may not win more than five or six games. And that's being generous.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson thinks Johnny Manziel should get paid as should studnet athletes in general. Wonder when the NCAA will think the same way.
The Stack won't be here on Monday as I'll be camping, but I'll be back Tuesday with preseason reaction from the weekend plus the other top stories. Until then...