It's Wednesday or as the camel says "Hump Day!" The Stack is here with topics across a wide range of sports today. What sports are all included you ask? Time to find out so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, January 8:
Michigan State takes down Ohio State in top 5 thriller
Conference play has begun in college basketball and the Big Ten is showing that it is the cream of the crop, at least in the regular season. Last night, a top five battle took place in East Lansing where #3 Ohio State and #5 Michigan State showed why they are the two best teams in the conference. Michigan State looked like they had this game well in hand in the second half, holding a seventeen point lead only to see Ohio State go on a 20-3 run to end regulation and force overtime. Sparty couldn't get anything going the latter part of the second half. They lost their tough play. Head coach Tom Izzo wasn't happy. Star point guard Keith Appling was less than 100 percent. Yet in overtime, Michigan State hit some three point shots when they absoulely needed them including one by Appling. Ohio State battled the entire game and it is a joy to watch Aaron Craft play. What a tremendous player. His hustle, his body of work, he does it all. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as Michigan State picked up the home win 72-68. The two teams will see each other the last game of the regular season. I have a feeling they'll each be vying for first place in the Big Ten at that point. Both of these teams look like Final Four teams. What a game.
Ireland out in Miami
After a week-and-a-half of speculation, changes finally have come in Miami for the Dolphins organization. They fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman on Monday and yesterday the team and general manager Jeff Ireland agreed to part ways. Ireland had been with the team for six years and was hand-picked when Bill Parcells had a hand in the Dolphins operations. Have to think that the Richie Incognito situation played a role in this decision, but think also to all of the moves the Dolphins made in free agency (Mike Wallace, Brent Grimes, Dustin Keller to name a few). With all of the money the Dolphins spent, owner Stephan Ross expected results. They didn't. They were in the driver's seat to make the playoffs and lost their final two games including a home loss to the New York Jets. The team can say there was a mutual decision to go seperate ways with Ireland, but you have to think that if he didn't agree to step down, they would have fired him.
Lindsey Vonn to miss Winter Olympics
After multiple injuries and numerous setbacks, the decision had to be made. The downhill skier will miss the Sochi Olympics next month due to her injured right knee that Vonn said, "is just too unstable to compete at this level." It is a devastating blow to team USA and a shot at the gold medal in the event, but a major blow to the Olympics in general. Lindsey Vonn is a star and her relationship with Tiger Woods has put her even further into the global spotlight. This will certainly affect ratings for NBC and their Olympic coverage, but this also gives someone else a chance to shine for the US. Hope to see Vonn in the next Olymipcs. Have to think she wants a shot at redemption, but this was ultimately the best decision for her health and her career. Bummer she won't be there to bring home gold for team USA.
Canada announces hockey roster for Olymipcs
The defending gold medal champion in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics have announced their roster for the Sochi Olympics and as you can imagine, the team is stacked, loaded with top NHL talent. Sidney Crosby highlights the list followed by Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron, Jeff Carter, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews.
The defense includes Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty, Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Shea Weber while the goalies for team Canada will be Roberto Luongo, Carey Price and Mike Smith.
Talk about a good team. It will be more difficult though this year for team Canada for a couple of reasons. One, they're not playing in their home country and two, being the defending gold medal champions, every other country is gunning for you. Team USA looks like they have a pretty good shot to take Canada down and you can't forget about Finland, Sweden or even host country Russia. The hockey played at the Olympics is going to be pretty special and epic.
For info on the Czech Republic's roster click here.
What about Slovakia?
Don't forget about the country that perfected chocolate, watches and knives.
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