The Stack is back on this Tuesday still wishing I was in the great outdoors. Oh well, that is not the case, but we do have a number of things to get to today so let's not waste anymore time and get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, August 20:
Von Miller looking at 6 game suspension
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller said originally that when his four game suspension came up that he didn't do anything wrong and that everything would be cleared up. Well things are certainly clearing up a little bit more now and it's not exactly good. Miller is trying to negotiate a deal with the NFL that will take a possible six game suspension down to four. Six seems a little high for not following the substance abuse policy, but this is an unusual case. Miller is staring a six game suspension in the face because during a random drug test this offseason before practice he spilled his urine sample and came back with a "diluted sample." That happened because Miller couldn't provide another sample before practice and after participating in the practice and drinking fluids, his next sample he provided to the collector then became diluted.
Like I said, it's an odd case. And if Miller is out for six games, it makes the Broncos vulnerable. They're still the best team in the AFC West by leaps and bounds, but in terms of the rest of the AFC and the NFL, it's going to be a little more difficult. The offense will put up the points, but the defense looks a little weak. Without their best player for almos half of the season, it would not be a good thing for the team. The Broncos also lost cornerback Champ Bailey for a little bit with a sprained ankle. Wide receiver Wes Welker knicked up his ankle a little bit in last week's preseason game. All of a sudden, what appeared to be the best team in the NFL is starting to look a little shaky.
Miguel Tejada suspended 105 games, MLB tells A-Rod to bring it on
Staying on the suspension track, MLB suspended Kansas City Royals infielder Miguel Tejada 105 for a third failed drug test. Tejada was also linked to the Biogenesis scandal and baseball gave Tejada a choice of either accepting the 105 game suspension or face further consequences. Tejada accepted the punishment, further allowing baseball to flex its' muscles on the Biogeness case. It's bad news for the Royals who are still trying to make a push towards the playoffs.
Speaking of Biogenesis, MLB is telling Alex Rodriguez that they have a lot against him and they are willing to show what they have as Rodriguez continues to appeal his suspension. It's become a poker game between baseball and A-Rod and his legal team and it appears that major league baseball feels, no knows that they have the better hand and will beat A-Rod and upholding the supsension. Or it's a terrific bluff. Either way, it's not looking good for A-Rod. At some point, we'll find out if the suspension will be upheld or not. As of now, it looks like baseball will win this battle and perhaps the war.
Albert Pujols out for regular season
Anaheim Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went on the DL a few weeks ago, his season looked like it was likely done. Monday, the Angels made it official. Pujols will be out the rest of the year to rest his foot. Pujols had hoped to return next month, but since this year has been an absolute disaster for the Angels, both parties decided it was wise to not rush things and wait until next year. It hasn't been very fun for Pujols since he came to Anaheim from St. Louis. He has struggled to live up to his mega contract he signed and dealing with this foot injury has hurt his production. As bad as it has been for Pujols this year, it's been even worse for the Angels who were supposed to be the best offensive team we've seen in a long time with that middle of the lineup. I bought into it as well, predicting they'd make the World Series. Pujols, Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, that would be a pretty stacked middle of the order most teams wouldn't want to face. Hamilton has been a bust though and with Pujols' struggles, Trout can't do it all. The Angels are the biggest disappointment in baseball and the team and the fans have to be wishing it would just end.
NFL quick hits
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may miss week 1 as he continues to recover from offseason arm and back surgeries. He could miss more weeks too though that seems highly unlikely. It's just going to make things more difficult for Tom Brady and the Patriots, but if there is a team that can overcome this and the offseason they've endured it's the Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick...Dr. James Andrews will make the final call on when RGIII is ready to come back. It is highly expected that RGIII will get the clear and play week 1 against Philadelphia. Until the doctor says so though, there will always be a little doubt...Disappointing wide receivers are on different teams as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers swapped perceived busts yesterday. A.J. Jenkins went to Kansas City and Jonathan Baldwin is headed to San Francisco. Both teams get rid of their headaches, but may welcome an additional one. We'll have to see how a change of scenery works for both of these players.
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