IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Giants continue to uninspire; Kings get backcourt help
GIANTS CONTINUE TO UNINSPIRE: It is a 2-4 week. They win the series against the Braves, but split against the Diamondbacks. They carry a lead into the seventh on Thursday night in Wrigley Field against the Cubs, but wilt down the stretch and lose 5-4. Brandon Belt struggles mightily at the plate. His slump has stretched from the All-Star break. The Giants are looking more and more like a Wild Card team…if that.
CRISP TO INDIANS/TOUGH WEEK FOR A’S: The Oakland A’s continue a wholesale sell-off as they send long-term player Coco Crisp to the Indians in exchange for a minor league pitcher. They also score but one run in a 20 innings stretch during the week. They win only two games and are swept by Houston. They appear to be simply playing out the campaign. Someone needs to find a competitive solution.
LAWSON JOINS SAC KINGS: It is an acquisition laden with opportunity. Ty Lawson signs with the Sacramento Kings. He joins a backcourt with Darren Collison. He only averages 5.8 points and 3.4 assists with Houston last season, but has a lifetime average of 13.1 and 6.2 assists. Is help on the way?
GOLDEN 1 CENTER’S BLOATED COSTS: Yes, the Sacramento Kings have a new home, but at what price? The original price tag was $447 million. However, the actual cost has risen to more than $556 million at this writing. Kings owners have to foot the increases above the $255 million city subsidy.
TOUCHDOWN PRODUCTIONS TURNS 20: Ah, what a rich run for the local sports production company. My three favorite games: Football’s City Championship when the Miners blank the Grant Pacers in the zaniest contest ever played. Nevada Union Lady Miners volleyball in huge matches against Fremont High School and the Hollister Hay Bailers. Standing room only in which the Miners prevail. Great moments. Great sport. An incredible life experience for players, coaches, and…play-by-play personnel.
NEVADA UNION FALLS JUST SHORT: The Miners put on a great show for the Hooper Faithful in their first game of the season. Trailing 21-0, they storm back to tie the game, eventually losing in the final moments. The running game is impressive. Owen Dal Bon shows the poise of a seasoned veteran. The defense struggles a bit, but this holds the prospect of an exciting, competitive campaign. Promise of an entertaining season.
BRUINS STUMBLE: The Bear River Bruins are a good looking team that makes just too many mistakes in their first game. Two touchdowns called back by penalty, a missed field goal, and a fumble late in the game allow Orland to prevail 23-18 at home. Secondary gives up a crucial score for Orland with 34 seconds to go in the first half. Two fumble returns for touchdowns are a highlight for the Bruins. It is a game they should have won, but it is also part of the learning curve.
RAIDERS FAIL: Three turnovers, one of which is returned for a touchdown. A porous run defense. Eighty-eight yards in penalties. Starters play for more than two quarters but cannot contain the previously lowly Tennessee Titans last Saturday. Raiders fall 27-14. In Oakland on Thursday night, nearly all of the offense is scored in the fourth quarter. The problem: The Seattle Seahawks had more offense than the Raiders. Seattle prevails 23-21. The Raiders go 1-3 in the pre-season and open up in New Orleans against the Saints.
49ERS SPLIT: Another preseason subpar San Francisco performance against the Green Bay Packers last Friday. The Niners fall 21-10. Inability to defend on fourth down. Little offense after the first quarter. Pass defense is suspect. Colin Kaepernick struggles mightily. However, on Thursday night they ride a 22-point fourth quarter to a 31-21 win in San Diego. Marcus Rush has a big game on “D” with one interception and two forced fumbles. Next stop, a week from Monday night versus the LA.. Rams.
FINAL THOUGHT: Should Colin Kaepernick flee to north of the border to play in the Canadian Football League, he could then escape the United States and all our injustices.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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