IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Dodgers struggle in Boston; Kings trending upward
GREAT OR GOAT?: Again, the time is here for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is yet another deep run into the postseason. However, their level of ultimate futility during this century is extraordinary. It is late October and the Dodgers are again engaged in the Fall Classic. Can they finally get it right? Will it be another chapter of frustration? Can they pull it off this season or be, again, the World Series victim? Do they reach the top of the mountain or is it time for another failure for arguably the best team money can buy? Based on the first two games, it may be a tough journey.
RED SOX CHILL DODGERS BATS: It is frigid conditions in Boston for the first two games of the Fall Classic. As the Red Sox took the first game, the Dodgers bats became as cold as the Massachusetts weather in Game 2. A J.D. Martinez single staked Boston to a 4-2 lead in the fifth. From there, L.A. simply struck out. The final 16 batters were retired. The Dodgers hope the warmer confines of home will improve their chances. Unless they sweep at home, they are in a very precarious spot.
PERFECT SEASON DISSOLVES: The Colfax Falcons spank the Bear River Bruins, 41-14. They take over control of the Pioneer Valley League. The Bruins will not go undefeated. Additionally, Tre Maronic and Calder Kunde both left the game with injuries. Disappointing? Yes. Disastrous? No. Bear River has a good team. They failed on this Friday night. However, there is a lot of football yet to play. This sometimes is part of the journey. It is seldom a perfect path. Lessons are learned from losses. The weeks ahead will be the real tale-of-the-tape.
MINERS CONTINUE FUTILITY: It was 35-8 at half for the Lincoln Zebras in Grass Valley. Another great night by Dawson Fay was negated by a Lincoln squad that simply controlled the game. It was a pounding for the NU defensive line. These are tough times for the Miners.
THE DEBACLE: It was hard to watch. The perfect L.A. Rams disassembled the San Francisco 49ers 39-10 on Sunday. Fumbles, interceptions, a blocked punt and a safety were how the 49ers started off this contest. The Rams lead 22-0 with 2:30 left in the half. It was not a total surprise as no team turns the ball over more than San Francisco. It was never much of a contest as the Rams move to 7-0, their best start since 1985.
KINGS IMPROVED START: Are the Sacramento Kings on the verge of getting it together? They stand at 2-3. However, they are third in field goal percentage, fourth in 3-point percentage, and eighth in points scored. In Wednesday’s game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies they are stagnant in the first half shooting 41.5 percent. However, they rallied in the second, went on an 11-0 run, and won 97-92. De’Araon Fox leads in scoring, steals and assists. Trending upward?
MIXED REVIEW: The Golden State Warriors travel to Salt Lake City vs. the Jazz. Two nights later, they meet the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors squeezed out a win with a last second shot as the Jazz gave them all they could handle. They were not so lucky in Denver as Golden State just could not get it done. They rallied late but came up short. At 4-1 it is a good start.
SHARKS ORCHESTRATE SWEET NOTE IN MUSIC CITY: Down 4-2 on Tuesday night in one of the toughest venues to play, the San Jose Sharks pull it off and score three late goals to steal it vs. the Nashville Predators, 5-4. After a tough opening road trip, this team has been dominating offensively. They have outshot their opponent in all contests so far. A lot to be excited about in San Jose this season.
TIME FOR CHANGE: The Federal trials as they relate to NCAA Basketball continue. The list is long of schools that appear to have violated rules. With the rulings in favor of the FBI, more information will now be available to the NCAA. It is all getting a lot more real. The shake-out will be dramatic and sanctions against schools may come before the college season. It is a bad trend in hopes of being resolved. The moment for “doing something” has arrived.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.