The Stack is back on this Tuesday and not a whole lot going on in the sports world other than the Olympics. The Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year $48 million deal. UNC head coach Roy Williams earned his 300th win as Tar Heels head coach as UNC beat Florida State last night 81-75. Congrats to coach Williams. Now let's get to some reaction from Monday's Winter Olympic action in "the stack" for today, Tuesday, February 18:
Monday's Olympic reaction
America's nightmare in the Olympics known as curling is finally over. The women ended their disappointing run in Sochi with an 11-2 loss to South Korea while the men lost to Switzerland 6-3. A lot needs to change with the sport of curling here in the US if they want to compete on the world stage, mainly the Olympics. Curling is becoming more popular, no question about it. It's time to invest a little more and foster some more talent and help it grow. Can anyone become an Olympic curler? Well based on the results in Sochi, I would think that it wouldn't be too hard if you put the work in. Here's hoping that America is much better in curling four years from now when the Winter Olympics are in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
In women's hockey Team USA destroyed Sweden 6-1 and outshot the Swedes 70-9. Canada got by Switzerland 3-1 meaning the USA and Canada will meet in the gold medal match on Thursday. Canada already beat the US earlier in the Olympics 3-2. This is going to be a great game. Just as the US needs to step up their game in curling and put time and money into it, the rest of the world needs to invest in women's hockey or we could soon see the end of it in the Winter Olympics (at least temporarily) as it is just not competitive apart from Canada and the US.
Men's aerials was really interesting to watch. Amazing how high these athletes get and how they are able to spin and contort their body and stick the landings. Anton Kushnir of Belarus won gold while Australian David Morris won his country's first ever medal in the event earning silver. American Mac Bohonnon was fifth in the second run and didn't advance ended a somewhat improbable run. He did very good in this event.
Bobsled was big yesterday with American Steven Holcomb helping lead the US two-men bobsled team to a bronze medal, their first medal in this event since 1952. 1952! Russia won gold. Jamaica? They didn't advance after their third round in which they were 29th. They kept grazing the wall which slowed their time down considerably, but there is no doubt they were a setinmental crowd favorite not just in Sochi, but around the world. Hope to see another Jamaican bobsled team in four years.
Men's snowboard cross was canceled yesterday due to fog as was the men's biathlon. Both are taking place today.
And in ice dancing, the American team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated a stellar program and won gold medal beating their rivals (I think they are friends) from Canada of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Davis and White were virtually flawless and they have been great in these Olympics. Don't know if we'll see them in four years, but it would be great if we did. They are such a great team and in synch at all times. Congrats!
Coming up Wednesday: Tuesday Olympic reaction plus other top stories in sports