IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Bruins rise to the top; the mystery that is the Kings
BRUINS CONQUEST: It is hard to beat a good team twice in one season. The Bear River Championship Bruins proved that Saturday with a 30-27 victory over league rival Colfax to capture the Division-V Sectional crown. Ah, the heroes are all-too-familiar. Austin Baze with 80 yards rushing, Luke Baggett going 7-of-12 for 119 yards passing with two touchdowns (one rush, one pass), and a Calder Kunde 93-yard touchdown run are among them. Co-head coach Terry Logue sums it up as he notes, “We stuck together, we hung together, made the plays we had to and we’re walking out of here champions.”
UNIQUE IN SPORTS: NHL players are a unique breed. They are a welcoming bunch. Some of the brightest moments of my life were experiencing this. However, the travails of Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin and his inspiration, Alex Luey, are noteworthy. Luey is a youngster fighting cancer. He lost a leg to the disease. Ovechkin takes a special interest in Luey. Luey announces the starting lineup in their Capitals dressing room. He inspires Ovechkin to a three-goal game. Luey appears with Ovechkin on the Hockey Night in Canada post-game show. Luey is awarded the Player of the Game award. He receives a standing ovation by all Capitals in the Locker Room. An inspiration indeed. Like mine, NHL moments never-to-be-forgotten.
THE MYSTERY OF THE SACRAMENTO KINGS: Kings broadcaster Grant Napier notes how in the NBA you cannot depend on the result from night-to-night. On Monday night, it is a brilliant performance at Oracle as Sacramento bests the Golden State Warriors 110-106. On the next night at Golden 1, they lose 112-87 versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Hard to figure it all out in the Kings world.
STEPH CURRY’S CLAIMED INDISCRETION: A young fan wishes to greet Warriors Stephen Curry as Curry enters the runway to the locker room. Curry keeps walking and then gets severely attacked on Twitter. Strange? Yes. Even with his super star status, Curry is usually accessible to youth. As Steph stays quiet, wife Ayesha goes on the attack. The Curry’s had about 100 guests at the game and it seems Steph was looking for family. It notes the travails of a usually-accessible athlete whose life is under the microscope.
CURRY 2: Golden State ventures to Staples Center for a tight contest vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. Curry only scores 14 in regulation. Tied at 109. However, in OT Curry is on fire for 14 more to finish with 28 and a 127-123 win. Never count Curry or the Warriors out.
STANFORD’S BIG WIN: It is a great Saturday down on the farm. Stanford takes down top-10 ranked Notre Dame, 38-20, in a huge contest. After sneaking by Cal, The Cardinal takes a see-saw game with a mammoth fourth quarter in which they outscore The Fighting Irish 21-0. Although Notre Dame rules the air with 261 yards, Stanford finds the way to get it done.
CRABTREE/TALIB/JACKSON EJECTED: Is this a potential additional black-eye for the NFL? Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib brawl slightly more than 3 minutes into the Oakland Raiders/Denver Broncos game last Sunday. Raiders Gabe Jackson shoves an official to the ground during the melee. Talib and Crabtree then fight again moments later. All three are ejected in the ugly scene. Crabtree and Talib are suspended for a week for their actions. Fans decry the incident as the Raiders sneak by 21-14.
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: Looks like we will get to see Jimmy Garappolo start this Sunday. Isn’t it about time? The 49ers lose 24-13 to the Seattle Seahawks in yet another lackluster effort. C.J. Beathard got the start and went 22-for-38 for 201 yards and no touchdowns. Garappolo is forced off the bench in the last minute and drives the 49ers into the end zone with no time remaining. It is time.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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