Don't ask what happened yesterday that caused there not to be a blog. Just one of those things. Anyway, The Stack is here with reaction from the Olympics thoughts from Wednesday and some of the other big headlines in the world of sports which you'll find out next in "the stack" for today, Thursday, February 20:
#1 Sryacuse goes down
Never thought Syracuse would make it through the extremely difficult ACC undefeated. Yet going into last night, if you thought that the Orange would fall to the Boston College Eagles, well you were one of the very, very few. Going into the Carrier Dome makes the feat all that more impressive. BC has played close with teams in conference play this year, but their record hasn't been good. Just six wins headed into the game against Syracuse. Make it seven wins now as Boston College beat Syracuse 62-59. They were trailing by 13 points in the second half, but battled their way back. They held Syracuse in check offensively and made timely baskets when they needed to. The loss is a head-scratcher for Syracuse. I've never thought throughout their 25-0 start to the season that they were the team to beat in college basketball. Kansas, Florida, Arizona and Duke all have better chances at making it through March Madness than the Orange do in my opinion. Syracuse has just gotten by in quite a few of their games. Apart from C.J. Fair and their star freshman guard Tyler Ennis, this team is lacking something. I'm not sure quite what it is, but I'm just not sold on this team. It looks bad to say this now that they've lost, but I wouldn't have taken them anyway. It's still a shocking loss though, losing to a team with single digit wins at home. We'll see how the Orange rebound when they take on Duke in Cameron Indoor Saturday night.
Ray Rice situation getting ugly
Originally when the headline scrolled across, you didn't think too much of it. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice involved in a "minor physical altercation." That's what his lawyers characterized it as. OK, no big deal. It's become much worse though as video has surfaced from TMZ showing security camera footage of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee Janay Palmer. Now, the Atlantic City Municipal Court has issued summons saying that Rice knocked out Palmer. The Ravens have said previously that Rice remains part of their future plans, despite a terrible decline in productivity. I have a feeling we'll be hearing more not just from the Ravens, but also from Rice himself. He has to say something, because right now the video doesn't lie and it doesn't paint a pretty picture for Rice. This situation will continue to unfold and more details will come out.
Wednesday Winter Olympics headlines
Hard not to look past the day in men's hockey as the top headline from the Olympics. Quarterfinals took place yesterday with Sweden shutting out Slovakia 5-0 which wasn't a surprise. The other three games were the ones stealing the headlines. Host country Russia, which had so much pressure on them to win a gold medal lost 3-1 to Finland endinig any hopes of medaling in the tournament. Very painful for Russia and their fans. This is the medal they coveted most out of all of the Olympic events and they failed. A lot of blame goes around on this one from Alexander Ovechkin (1 goal in the tournament) to Evgeni Malkin (1 goal in the tournament) to the choaching staff. This wasn't the performance that Russia was hoping for. I personally was cheering for Russia because I wanted to see the US play them in the gold medal match and beat them. The US has a chance to go to the gold medal round after knocking off the Czech Republic 5-2. Offensively, this team is clicking on all cylinders right now. They are in such a groove. Going to be tough to knock them off. Canada will try though. They squeeked by Latvia with a 2-1 victory, setting up a rematch of the epic 2010 gold medal match in Vancouver between the two countries. That game takes place Friday live in all time zones at noon ET. Can't wait for that. The two teams are also playing each other in the gold medal match in women's hockey. That game is today at noon ET on NBC. What a game that should be.
Women's two men boblsed certainly had a good day Wednesday, at least if you were an American. Three teams entered the field and two earned medals, a silver and a bronze. Lolo Jones and her teammate finished 11th. Not good for her or for the Olympic committee who selected her perhaps over another worthy athlete, but it is what it is and it's not all her fault. Instead let's celebrate the fact that in the US won two bobsled medals. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come in future Olympics.
Ted Ligety was sensational in men's giant slalom, earning a gold medal with some superb skiing. Bode Miller didn't fair so well, but it was Ligety who was favored to win the event who didn't let the pre-race predictions look bad. He was brilliant on the turns and kept his speed consistent the entire run, bumping his time up as the run continued. At 29, the odds are pretty good we'll see him in four years to defend his gold.
And in figure skating, ladies short program took place and we are looking at quite the battle to make the medal stand. Some phenomenal skaters and right now it is Yuna Kim of South Korea, considered the favorite by many, who is in the lead. However, she does not have much of a cushion. Adelina Sotnikova of Russia skated one of the best short programs of her life and sits in second 0.28 points off the lead. Carolina Kostner of Italy is 0.80 points off the lead. Americans Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner are within striking distance as well. Russia's future star, 15-year old Yulia Lipnitskaya fell during her routine and is in fifth. The free skate, which is combined with the short program takes place today. This is one of the major events of the Winter Olympics. Fascinating to see how this all plays out.
Coming up Friday: Thursday's Winter Olympic headlines plus other top headlines in sports.