The Stack is back on this Monday and there are a few topics that need to be addressed. The heat gripping the midwest is not one of them, but it is pretty miserable up here. When will fall come? Anyway, no New York Jets quarterbacks were hurt in the typing of this blog so there is some good news. Let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, August 26:
Adam Scott wins Barclays
In the first of the four FedEx playoff tournaments, this year's Masters champion Adam Scott i won the Barclays with an eleven under (-11), holding his breath as Justin Rose and Tiger Woods fought to catch him, but couldn't quite get it done. Rose sent a a putt to win the tournament well beyond the cup on the eighteenth and Rose ended up bogeying the hole. Woods dealt with back spasms from the thirteenth hole on and had a chance to win but his putt came up just short on the eighteenth. Scott, with the win bumped up to number two golfer in the world, a career best ranking. Next week's tournament is in Boston, the Deutsche Bank Championship. Woods health is a concern. Will he play? He was so close this week. The battle to win the FedEx Cup is getting good.
Jets quarterback conundrum
The New York Jets were going to be bad this year so they certainly didn't need any injuries to deal with, especially to the quarterback position. So when head coach Rex Ryan inexplicably put Mark Sanchez in the game with eleven minutes to go in the game, a game he shouldn't have played in nor was he planning on plying in it, bad things were going to happen. They did. Sanchez hurt his shoulder running for his life and completing a beautiful pass and now has a bruised right shoulder joint. He was in a lot of pain on the field and after the game. Sanchez had the starting job all sewn up too as rookie Geno Smith threw three first half interceptions and showed that he is clearly not ready to start in the NFL. Ryan's press conference was beyond bizarre, at one point during his back on a reporter asking a question and standing sideways on the podeium to answer it. The quarterback competition has become a circus, just like the team itself. The Jets are the laughing stock of the league and Ryan will soon be out of a job because this team is going nowhere this year.
Other NFL preseason thoughts
The Buffalo Bills quarterback competition appears done after Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion against the Washington Redskins and according to reports, it's serious enough that Kolb's football career may be over. That means E.J. Manuel will be the starting quarterback once he comes back from his injury. The team did go out and sign Matt Leinart. Hopefully Kolb recovers from his concussion and is able to resume his career.
There is a quarterback controversy brewing by the bay where presumptive starter Matt Flynn may be seeing de ja vu following his lackluster performance against the Chicago Bears and Terrelle Pryor's impressive one. Flynn has arm soreness according to head coach Dennis Allen and for Pryor, this is an opportunity he can't botch. He has looked good on the field, and the Raiders know that their short term future isn't going to be very successful. Give the fans something to hold onto in terms of hope. Then again, Flynn may be the better option. Tough call, but one will be made soon in Oakland.
Quick thought on the Vikings from last night's 34-14 loss to the 49ers. The first team offense has looked bad this preseason and they didn't do a whole lot to put those fears to rest last night. They scored two touchdowns, but one was against the backups for the 49ers and they had way too many penalties. Christian Ponder played decent, but not quite the way he needs to for the Vikings to be succesful this year. The broadcast team on NBC felt the same way I think. Two weeks until Detroit and Vikings fans are plenty nervous.
Finally, congrats to the Japan little league team for winning the Little League World Series after rallying past California 6-4. The tournament is always good and this year was no exception. Plenty of close games and great plays by these young stars. It's always fun to watch.
Coming up Tuesday: Reaction to top stories in sports
Later this week: College football season preview