The Stack is here this Thursday morning and while there isn't a lot of huge news out there, there are a few things making headlines today so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, August 22:
Ichiro gets 4,000 career hits
Ichiro! A crowning achievement for Ichiro Suzuki last night as he recorded his 4,000th professional hit with a single in the first inning off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey. The home crowd rose to their feet and Suzuki's New York Yankees teammates came out on the field to congratulate him. Ichiro was very appreciative. He is only the third player ever to reach 4,000 hits joining Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. Ichiro's 4,000 hits does come with a bit of a wrinkle though as some of those hits happened when he played professional baseball in Japan. Still though, it is a tremendous accomplishment for one of the better guys in the game. He's had an amazing career and there is little doubt that he is a first ballot hall-of-famer. Congrats Ichiro.
Jason Heyward out 4-6 weeks with a broken jaw
Scary moment in New York yesterday afternoon when Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was hit in the mouth with a 90 MPH fastball from New York Mets left-handed pitcher Jonathon Niese in the 6th inning. Heyward went down immediately and suffered two fractures in his jaw. He will miss four to six weeks. It's a big blow to the Braves because Heyward is a terrific player. He does it all. Great bat, terrific defense. The Braves are certainly going to miss him. At least they have such a big lead in the NL East. Heyward is a tough player. When you see a replay of it, it almost makes you want to turn away. Hope he has a speedy recovery.
Dallas Cowboys extend Sean Lee
Linebacker Sean Lee is a little bit richer this morning after the Dallas Cowboys signed him to a six-year extension worth as much as $51 million. Lee is an up-and-coming linebacker in the game and this appears to be a good move by the Cowboys to sign him to this extension. Lee missed ten games last year with a toe injury so that has to be a little concerning to the Cowboys, but he has stayed healthy through training camp and the preseason. If he stays healthy, he's going to make the Cowboys defense that much better under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Chris Paul new NBPA President
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul has been elected new president of the National Basketball Players Association. Paul is a star in the league and most times stars aren't the ones who become the heads of the union. Outgoing president Derek Fisher was a good player, but not nearly the star that Paul is. It seems to be a good move by the players. Paul is a thoughtful guy and will do whatever he can for his fellow players. He'll do what is right for them. Good move by the players.
2014 SEC schedule released
The SEC released their 2014 SEC football schedule yesterday and it is highlighted by the opening game of Texas A&M at South Carolina August 28th. Granted A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Gamecocks defensive end Jadaveon Clowney won't be in that game, but both teams should be really good once again next year. Kind of funny this is such a big announcement when the 2013 season hasn't even commenced yet. It is the SEC though, the best football conference in college football. It's almost seperate unto itself from the rest of college football. That's how superior it is. College football is a big deal down in the south. Makes sense for an announcement to come so early.
Thursday night preseason football
Two preseason football games tonight including one on national television...
New England Patriots @ Detroit Lions 7:30 PM ET
Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens 8 PM ET ESPN
Couple of things to watch for tonight. Can Tom Brady continue his impressive play that he has shown through the first two games of the preseason? Will the Lions offense finally click? Their first team hasn't played all that well this preseason and they know that. Third games are where we see the first team play into the third quarter. Time to give fans a glimpse as to how good they could be this year.
In the Panthers-Ravens game, want to see if Cam Newton continues to improve in his accuracy and if the Panthers can develop a running game. And with all of the injuries on the offensive side of the ball for the Ravens, it will be interesting to see how guys like TE Dallas Clark and WR Brandon Stokely are adapting to their new team and how they will impact the Ravens.
Coming up Friday: Thursday night NFL thoughts plus other stories from the world of sports.