The World Series is underway and the Boston Red Sox look good. The Stack is here on this Thursday with reaction to game one in the World Series and other sotires making headlines so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, October 24:
Red Sox run away with World Series game one
The Boston Red Soxare up 1-0 in the World Series following their 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The Red Sox took advantage of some uncharacteristic sloppy defense by the Cardinals. Shortstop Pete Kozma made two costly errors in the first two errors, one in the first inning that could have been a double play if he doesn't drop the ball. The amazing thing though is that the ump called the Red Sox out. How was he out?! Fortunately the crew got together and made the right call. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny went out to argue, but not sure why he was arguing other than saying that they shouldn't have reversed the original call on the field. The right call was made when the crew reversed the original call. Even Matheny had to see that Kozma never had it in his glove. Well the Red Sox took advantage of it when Mike Napoli hit a three run double that once again was misplayed by the Cardinals and put the Red Sox up 3-0. Sloppy defense. Not something we've seen from them. That was kind of the story all night. Three errors for the Cardinals in all. Give credit to the Red Sox for taking advantage of it.
Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was on last night. He got out of a bases loaded jam and that was the extent that he had to sweat it out. He was in complete control. 7 2/3 innings, five hits and eight strikeouts. Brilliant performance from Lester. David Ortiz added a two run homerun in the seventh inning to put an exclamation point on this one.
The Cardinals have to be concerned about the injury to Carlos Beltran that happened in the second inning when he reached over the wall and took away a homerun from Ortiz but by reaching over and slightly running into it, Beltran bruised some ribs and his status, at least for game two is very much in doubt. He missed the rest of game one. Is he going to play? You would think so. But how effective will he be? Hanley Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to play through a broken rib against the Cardinals in the NLCS, but you could tell he was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain and it really affected him. Definitely have to see how this one plays out.
Tonight pits rookie sensation Michael Wacha for the Cardinals against John Lackey for the Red Sox. I'm going with Wacha and the Cardinals tonight. I know the Cardinals didn't look good in game one and he is a rookie, but Wacha's been sensational in every postseason start this year so far with a 0.43 ERA in three starts. I'll trust that he can do it again though it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see the Red Sox get after the rookie early. Game two first pitch is 8:07 PM ET on FOX.
Josh Freeman has concussion
The Minnesota Vikings were going to roll with Josh Freeman at quarterback for this week's game against Green Bay (7:30 PM ET NBC). Key word: were. Head coach Leslie Frazier announced that Freeman is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and he is doubtful for Sunday's game and Christian Ponder will start. Even if he is ready to go by Sunday night, he shouldn't start given that he won't have had more time to work with the first unit in practice. He needs to build chemistry with his wide receivers. So far that has not been the case. The Vikings are officially a three-ring circus. This whole quarterback fiasco is just embarrassing for the team and Vikings fans. The Vikings have talent on this team and quarterback has been the biggest issue, but it's hard to imagine that anybody could have envisioned the quarterback situation would play out like this through the first six games of the year. For Vikings fans, it's time to get behind Ponder, at least for a week. And remember, the last time Ponder played the Packers, he went toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers in the Vikings 37-34 win throwing for 234 yards and three touchdowns. He made big play after big play. The Vikings desperately need a win to get some positive momentum going on their side and keep the fan base satisfied. Ponder will be a big part of whether that happens or not.
NBA going to 2-2-1-1-1 Finals format
After nearly three decades of a 2-3-2 format, the NBA Finals will go back to a 2-2-1-1-1 format starting with this year's finals. It's a good move by the NBA. There will be plenty of travel now going back and forth from city to city if a series goes seven games, but in this day and age, that shouldn't be an issue. The NHL does it and it seems to work out pretty good. Only sport that would do the 2-3-2 format now is baseball. Who knows when they will change. I think the NBA is doing the right thing with this move. We'll see how it works out this year in the 2014 NBA Finals. The Miami Heat will probably win so it won't matter too much.
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:25 PM ET NFL Network
Thursday Night Football kind of has a stinker tonight with the .500 Panthers visiting the winless Bucs, but the Panthers are looking pretty good right now having won two games in a row pretty convincingly. Cam Newton has been the catalyst of the recent success completing a high percentage of his passes and not turning the ball over. Meanwhile, the Bucs are a sinking ship. No Doug Martin tonight meaning rookie Mike James will be the starting running back. Couple him with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon and things could be ugly tonight in Tampa.
Prediction: Panthers 27 Bucs 10
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