The Stack plans to unveil the 2013-14 college football preview tomorrow (note the word plans) so today's post is going to be a little shorter. There are still a few things to talk about though (mainly football...as it should be this time of the year) so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, August 27:
Jeff Tuel named Bills week 1 QB
Fans of the Buffalo Bills had to have known that it was going to be a long year to begin with, but given the injury to Kevin Kolb (an injury that could be career threatening), news that Jeff Tuel will be their week one quarterback against the New England Patriots can only have been met with groans and sadness. EJ Manuel will get the starting job soon, but he is still recovering from an injury so the Bills were forced to start Tuel. Buffalo brought in Matt Leinart and traded for Thad Lewis from the Detroit Lions, making their quarterback situation very unattractive. It's going to be a long year it appears in Buffalo unless Manuel surprises. Hey, at least it's not the Jets quarterback situation.
Not a good day for the Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings didn't look great Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings offense wasn't particularly wonderful Sunday night leaving Vikings fans very anxious for the regular season to begin. Vikings fans aren't feeling all that great today after learning that fullback Jerome Felton is suspended three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The suspension stems from his arrest for drunken driving in June 2012. Felton helped Adrian Peterson get within nine yards of the all-time rushing record last year. While he never had a carry, he was one of the biggest reasons the Vikings were successful last year. AP and Vikings fans have to be disappointed by this.
There is slightly better news on the defensive side as defensive tackle Kevin Williams suffered no ligament damage from that nasty chop block from offensive lineman Joe Looney in the third quarter of Sunday night's game. Williams does have a hyperextended knee and a deep bone bruise and his status for the regular season opener against Detroit is up in the air. It certainly looked like a dirty hit and the NFL needs to crackdown on this right away. It's the same sort of play like what happened to Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing when he suffered a torn ACL against the New York Jets last year. If the NFL wants to protect offensive players as much as they do, they can at least protect the defensive players half as much.
Speaking of suspensions as I did above, New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse. The Jets just released running back Joe McKnight earlier in the day so losing two running backs is not great, but at least it takes time away from us having to talk about the quarterback conundrum revolving around the team.
As NFL teams cut players today to get down to 75 players by 4 PM ET, you can monitor the situation here. There are sure to be more surprise cuts today and when teams have to cut the roster down to 53 teams.
Matt Harvey suffers major injury
It's been a bad year for the New York Mets (when is it not?). It got worse Monday when breakout pitcher Matt Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, meaning Tommy John surgery is a possibility. Harvey felt discomfort after Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers. Surgery will likely end his 2014 season before it even begins and his career is certainly in question. Harvey was a bright spot on the team with a 9-5 record this season and a 2.27 ERA. The Mets needed him, but you really have to feel for Harvey who may struggle to ever re-gain the form that he had this year with the Mets.
U.S. Open preview
The last grand slam event of the year is upon us in New York as the U.S. Open got underway yesterday. Crowds will be a plenty and there is sure to be some great tennis. On the men's side, it's hard not to pick Novak Djokovic. Rafael Nadal has had an injury plagued year. Andy Murray and Roger Federer will provide a challenge as well and it would not be surprising if either of them won. That would be an absolutely fantastic semifinal if all four of these guys made it, but it won't happen. Someone will get upset. Would love to see Nadal come back and win a tournament, but Djokovic is the best player and he will win the U.S. Open.
On the women's side, Serena Williams is probably ticked she didn't win Wimbledeon when she got upset. She has absolutely dominated women's tennis this year. Maria Sharapova isn't playing so that's a big loss for fans. Williams won't be taken down by Li Na or anyone else. She will win the U.S. Open.
Coming up Wednesday: 2013-14 College Football preview