The Stack was on vacation for a few days so I apologize for the lack of updates on the Winter Olympics. Perhaps some of you are thankful for that. Anyway, The Stack is back with thoughts on the Olympics and more so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Monday, February 17:
NBA All-Star weekend concludes
The NBA descended upon New Orleans for the NBA All-Star weekend festivities. Celebrity basketball game Friday night, rookies versus sophomores game, skills competition, dunk contest, all-star game and more. Here are the results from some of the events...
- Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard won the NBA skills competition Saturday for the second straight year. He teamed up with point guard Trey Burke from the Utah Jazz and helped take down the eastern conference tandem of Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers) and Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic).
- San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Marco Belinelli won the 3-point shooting contest, edging out Damian Lillard in the west final and beating Bradley Beal out of the eastern conference.
- Washington Wizards point guard John Wall won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. New format for the dunk contest. Not real sure it was all that much better.
- And in the All-Star game itself, defense was optional (what else is new?) as the East beat the West 163-155. Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant each scored 38 points for the western conference. Kyrie Irving had 31 points for the eastern conference and was named MVP of the game.
The second half of the NBA season starts up again Tuesday.
Ted Wells report comes out
After days and weeks of waiting, finally, the independent investigator that the NFL hired to look into the situation in Miami has announced his findings. Ted Wells says in his 144-page report that yes, indeed Richie Incognito bullied Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin. Fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Mike Pouncey were also named in the report as having harrassed Martin. It was almost a daily occurrence. For how much the media reported on the situation, the results aren't too stunning. Given Incognito's Twitter rage on Wednesday and his constant denial that he did anything wrong, perhaps there are some who will. Will anything change or happen as a result of this? Probably not. Incognito and Martin almost certainly won't be back with the Dolphins, but will they be able to land jobs elsewhere? For how evil a guy that Incognito has been made out to be, he will probably land a job before Martin. He's a fiesty player and he's pretty good in the trenches. He may not be a great person, but he is a good football player and teams will overlook that quality some of the time. Martin will probably get a chance with another team too, perhaps reuniting with former college coach Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers. We can only hope that this incident has changed how NFL teams look at the culture in the NFL locker room and how players conduct themselves. This is especially important given Michael Sam announcinig he is gay last week. How will he be perceived in the locker room? Will he be the center of bullying and jokes? We will have to wait and see how it all plays out.
Olympic thoughts from Sunday
Lindsey Jacobellis was trying to get past the demons of past Olympics in Torino and Vancouver in women's snowboard cross. For a while, it looked like she had. Cruising in the semi-finals with the lead and just two turns to go, Jacobellis crashed and fell out of contention for the gold medal. Tough and devestating moment for her and for Team USA. Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic went on to win gold in the final run with American Faye Gulini narrowly edged out for the bronze moment. Yet another medal that Team USA left on the table. They were favored to get at least one medal in this event and couldn't do it.
It was great news for Team USA in the men's Super G alpine skiing where both Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht won medals. Weibrecht won silver and Miller bronze, but for Miller it was especially nice for Miller to win a medal. It his sixth Olympic medal and he was very emotional afterward. His younger brother Chelone died last April and Bode was racing for him. Great for Miller to win a medal and congrats to Weibrecht as well.
America is looking good in the short program in figure skating ice dancing thanks to Melanie Davis and Charlie White. The freestyle dance is tonight. Can the USA hold off Canada's pairing of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir? We'll find out tonight.
Plenty of people are still buzzing over the USA men's hockey 3-2 win over Russia Saturday. What a game!! T.J. Oshie is becoming a hero. They didn't need his shootout heroics Sunday as the USA cruised to a 5-1 win over Slovenia. The US is looking good to medal and it would be great to see them go against Russia in the gold medal game...or Canada. Canada beat Finland 2-1. Certainly a close and difficult game. This hockey tournament is so much fun to watch.
Coming up Tuesday: Reaction to top stories in sports plus Monday Olympic thoughts