IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: A legend dies; Kings continue to impress
MCCOVEY A LEGEND: Yes, there are a lot of statistics that will be left unnoted. However, for many of us Willie McCovey was part of our youth. He was an integral part of the San Francisco Giants for many years. As McCovey passed on Wednesday, a piece of his avid fans from the 1960s died also. It was a tough pill to swallow. “Stretch” was a big, big man to the aura of the Giants. Many people’s lives paused for a moment when they learned of his passing. He is never-to-be-forgotten and a big part of the Bay Area baseball landscape.
PLAYOFF BOUND: The Bear River Bruins punch their ticket to the playoffs. As a bonus, they get a first round bye via being named the third seed. The tune-up last Friday was a 53-13 win over the Marysville Indians. A ho-hum 41-0 lead by half. The team goes into the playoffs healthy. They will play the winner of the Center vs. Dixon game yesterday. The test now begins.
DAWSON FAY ENDS IT IN STYLE: He sets the Nevada Union all-time rushing record with 1,844 yards. It was not a stellar season for the Miners. However, for Fay, he leaves his mark with 154 yards in the final contest. He quips, “It means a lot to be able to leave a legacy here, and do it wearing No. 5.” He does it all to honor fallen teammate Tyler Nielson. Proud to the finish, Fay is surely the bright spot this season.
ARE THE KINGS FOR REAL?: Yes. It was 11 straight losses in the Atlanta “House of Horrors.” On Thursday night, they vanquished the demons with a convincing 146-115 win. Six wins in the last seven games for the Sacramento Kings, who are second place in the Pacific Division. They are third in the league in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage, and fourth in points scored. Let the momentum roll! Great news for starving Sacramento fans.
KLAY THOMPSON EXPLODES: It was not enough that the Warriors scored 92 first half points on Monday. It seemed mundane when their 17 first half 3-pointers set an NBA record. What was viewed as most significant in all of this was that Klay Thompson broke out of his slump in a big way. His 14 3-pointers eclipsed Steph Curry’s NBA record. Thompson scored 52 points in 27 minutes. Warriors win 149-124 after starters rest the entire fourth quarter.
RED SOX DOMINANT: It is a 17-2 start for the Boston Red Sox. They win 108 regular season games and only lose three times in the playoffs. They render the Los Angeles Dodgers helpless as the surge to victory in Game 4 after the Dodgers led 4-0. Then a home run barrage in Game 5. The only thing that surpassed the regular season was the postseason. A great job by an epic team.
PICTURE OF FUTILITY: The drought reaches 30 years as the Dodgers are dispatched after merely five games. Not even Clayton Kershaw (0-2 in the World Series) could save Los Angeles. They became toothless in Game 4 after they were overhauled and it continued in Game 5 when they could score but one first inning run. The best team money can buy is sulking. Bad times continue at Dodgers Stadium.
BATTLE OF THE BAY: Could it be much worse for the Raiders? They take a 3-0 lead and then give up 34 straight points in yet another debacle. The 49ers tally 405 yards on offense and notch six sacks on defense. For San Francisco, it is a momentum surge. As for the Raiders, they seem to be playing out the string in Oakland with yet another pathetic performance at 1-7.
SHARKS ROLLING: They are two points out of the lead in the Pacific Division. They go 4-0-2 before the Thursday night loss to Columbus. Brent Burns, Timo Meier, and Tomas Hertyl all surging and contributing. They show a positive prowess and it looks to be a promising campaign. Joe Thornton is back, and Erick Karlsson is on the verge of his own San Jose breakout.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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