IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Cubs kick curse; Raiders win ugly |

IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Cubs kick curse; Raiders win ugly

MACDONALD DOES IT QUIETLY, DECISIVELY: Matt MacDonald of the Bear River Lady Bruins volleyball program is THE MAN. He gets his ladies to the playoffs each year. They are currently preparing for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinals. He is low key, but gets it done. A truly likeable guy. He does not clamor for attention, but he leads his talent to the sectional dance every year. Great respect for MacDonald and his squad. He is one of Nevada County’s best.

THE CURSE IS VANQUISHED: The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. It takes 108 years! They come back from a 3-1 games deficit and win Game 7 the hard way. Wild week in The Windy City. Blown saves. Dramatic home runs. A hectic resurgence by The Indians in the eighth. A rain delay. It takes a two-run top of the 10th to seal it 8-7. Classic baseball. Hard fought. The burden has been lifted!

RAIDERS BEAUTIFULLY UGLY IN WIN: Viewers end this game with a wonderful headache. NFL record for most penalties in a game (23). Two hundred yards of yellow flags for the Raiders. Dysfunctional drive-killers. However, this is a 30-24 overtime win. Derek Carr- 40-for-59, 513 yards. Big OT touchdown for Seth Roberts as he sheds two tackers with 1:55 left in OT on a 4th-and-4. Bottom line – Raiders 5-0 on the road and in first place in the AFC West.

TOUGH SEASON: Miners end it with a 35-14 loss to Oak Ridge. Ah, it was a tough campaign. They fall behind early with 4 turnovers. Promises for next year! The Fay Brothers, Owen Dal Bon, Tyler Nielson, and Justin Houlihan all enjoy strong seasons. Not a good result, but next season will be the real barometer for this group.

HILLMEN MAUL BRUINS: Off year for Bear River Football Bruins too! Placer wins 31-6 on an inclimate Friday night. The big play is an 80 yard TD run by Placer’s Anthony Kerrigan. It marks the first time in about 30 years that the Bruins have not boasted a record .500 or better. It truly is an off-season for Nevada County Football.

SAVOIE ON THE MEND: Never down-or-out, Bear River Football coach Scott Savoie is on the wrong side of a logging accident. Dislocated shoulder, broken cheekbone and facial injuries are the toll. Best wishes to a class guy. Get well soon to a fixture in Nevada County sports success!

SWEAT THE SMALL THINGS: It is a lackluster week for the San Jose Sharks. They handle the tough Nashville Predators, but then blow two golden opportunities against the Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes. Their perfect home record is history. Scoring is too sparse for a loaded line-up. Tonight is a Stanley Cup rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They would be best served to get a win against one of the league’s top opponents.

NBA MARQUEE GAME OF THE WEEK: OKC/Golden State. The big Westbrook/Durant match-up fizzles. Durant scores 29 in the first half. Score is 68-43 after 24 minutes. Ah, great drama as Durant exchanges words with his ex-teammates. The Warriors have a 37-11 run and win big!

MORE ACCOLADES FOR ROSSI: Nevada County’s gem in auto racing, Alexander Rossi, is again recognized with many awards at the end of this year’s circuit. Is there any wonder? Rossi embraces two concepts, that of an excellent racer and a compelling young man. Poised, mature, competitive and focused are just a few of his many traits. He represents his sport well, and should make us all proud that he is a member of our community. This is a very solid young man.

FINAL THOUGHT: Are the Kings ready to turn a corner or is it things as usual? They need to find a positive groove.

Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at

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