IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Giants continue to crumble; Miners rise above Hillmen
CAN IT GET MUCH WORSE?: The San Francisco Giants free fall from dominance continues unabated. They lose 3-of-4 to the Chicago Cubs and drop 2-of-3 to the Colorado Rockies. Lowlight? Wednesday’s affair in which they go into the ninth ahead 5-3 only to lose 6-5. Santiago Casilla (again), Josh Osich, and Joe Nathan could only record one out in the ninth before the roof caves in. The best NL team at the break, they go 17-32 since. Playoffs? Unless they really turn it around, the even year World Series streak will come to a screeching halt.
A NECESSARY CHANGE BOCHY SEEMS UNWILLING TO MAKE: Santiago Casilla, the San Francisco Giants closer, blew his league leading seventh save last Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. It left the Giants to lose 3-of-4 against the Chicago Cubs. He fails in another opportunity on Wednesday night in Colorado. Casilla has tied a Giants team record for blown saves with one month to go. He has proven himself unreliable all season. Sergio Romo needs to get his old job back now.
CUBBIES, FINALLY?: Is this the year of the Cubs? Chicago has the longest World Series drought streak in baseball. They are a tough squad as witnessed in their four game set with the Giants. They are very solid in the 1-4 batting slots. They have excellent fielding. The Cubs are the most well-rounded Chicago baseball product witnessed in arguable the past half century. They will undoubtedly end up with the best regular season record in at least the National League. Then there are the playoffs…
LIGHTNING STRIKES IN AUBURN: For three quarters, the Nevada Union Miners seem destined for their second loss. However, two lightning strikes from Owen Dal Bon to Hayden Fay leave the Placer Hillmen in rubble. The first is a 75-yard screen in which no one could catch Fay. The second is a 50-yard bomb between the two Miners. Dennis Houlihan calls it “ugly.” The Miner faithful call it beautiful. The defense then holds, and Nevada Union magically prevails 16-12.
FAYS PAY: Dawson and Hayden Fay of the NU Miners football squad both show extremely well in the first two tilts of the season. They are the straw that stirs the drink of NU’s offense. Large gains on the ground by Dawson and excellence in the air to Hayden are highlights. They are two pieces of the puzzle to this season as well as next. Strong players who are making their mark.
BRUINS MAUL UNION MINE: They score on their first play from scrimmage and never look back. It is a 40-0 whitewash of the Diamondbacks. The offense and defense totally mesh. Big plays all night for the Bear River squad. Austin Baze shines on both sides of the ball. The highlight? Baze’s 90 yard gallop for a touchdown. Special teams go Bruins way with a nice punt block for a touchdown. They are together in what is officially called Week 1.
GORDIE HOWE’S FINAL RESTING PLACE: Even in death, Gordie Howe is an icon in the National Hockey League. His final resting place will be SaskTel Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada. He is to be interned at the base of his statue honoring him at the arena. It is a fitting conclusion to the life of one of hockey’s richest stories. Rest in peace, Gordie. We all miss you.
HERTL OUT FOR WORLD CUP: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl is out for the World Cup of Hockey later this month in Toronto. He was scheduled to play for the Czech Republic. Hertl suffered injuries in last season’s playoff run. General Manager Doug Wilson notes, “After speaking with Tomas, we are pleased that he has chosen to put his commitment to the Sharks and his teammates first.”
KINGS COLLISON PLEADS GUILTY: Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison pleads guilty to one misdemeanor charge of domestic violence after a May incident with his wife at their Granite Bay home. He is arrested after police respond and find his wife with visible injuries. Collison receives 3 years of probation, 20 days in jail along with a 52 weeks in a batters’ program and 20 hours of community service. He expresses deep regret. The NBA has yet to impose their penalty for the offense.
FINAL THOUGHT: Alexander and Peter Rossi are a class-act. Rossi comes back to Nevada County and fills his day with appearances. Twin Cities Church, Constitution Day Parade, and the 49er Rotary Duck Race are the main places to see, hear and meet him. Rossi actually allows us to celebrate his Indianapolis 500 victory with him. During a period of a hectic racing schedule, he decides to give back to his community. Wow!
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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