IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Giants keep season, hopes alive with win in NY
“OH, MAN” IS RIGHT!: What a Wednesday night! Madison Bumgarner is magnificent. He limits the New York Mets to four hits in a complete game performance when all the chips are in play. Win or go home and the Giants win! As Giants manager Bruce Bochy approaches the mound immediately after the game to congratulate Mad Bum, Bumgarner says two simple words, “Oh, Man.” Out of the woodwork steps Conor Gillaspie, a fill in for Eduardo Nunez. He crashes the party with a top of the ninth three-run homer off the corrugated steel siding used as a roof for the right field bullpen. He immediately enters Giants lore. On to Chicago!
BRUINS BEATEN BY SUTTER: Bear River surely has its chances and remains competitive despite the 31-6 loss Sept. 30. They trail 17-6 with 5 minutes to play, but the Huskies notch two late touchdowns, one on a kneel-down play that became a 31-yard pass with 46 seconds to play and the game in hand. The Bruins struggle against a stout Sutter defense. The bright point is a 12-yard TD pass from Bradley Dzioba to Peyton Turner. Next up is the first Pioneer Valley League tilt vs. Lincoln.
GOLDEN EAGLES SOAR: It is evidence of why Del Oro is the No. 1 ranked team in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Golden Eagles running back Camrion Davis runs in four touchdowns. Senior Dalton Gee adds 201 yards and three touchdowns. However, the Miners offense impresses. Owen Dal Bon goes 8-for-12 for 155 yards and Hayden Fay burns the Del Oro defense for a long touchdown pass. It is a 58-21 win for Del Oro, but the Miners show positive signs despite the lopsided loss. Next up is a must win against Woodcreek. Watch for the Miners to win their first league game.
RAIDERS BEST RAVENS: Jack Del Rio is proving his prowess as Raiders head coach. The Raiders never-say-die and come back for another amazing 1-point win, 28-27. They improve to 3-1 for the first time since 2002. Ex-49er Michael Crabtree grabs three receptions for touchdowns including the game-winner. Oakland makes a bold final stand to seal it. Some say the worst stretch of their season is behind them. They must form a habit of winning at home. Next up is the San Diego Chargers in Oakland.
LISTLESS 49ERS: Against Dallas, the San Francisco 49ers surge to a 14-0 lead in the loss. The problem? They score a mere three points the rest of the way. Blaine Gabbert throws an ill-timed interception late to allow the Cowboys to win. On Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals, it is worse. Ill-timed penalties, turnovers, lackluster offense, worst run defense in football, a safety, and a third blowout defeat as San Francisco suffers a 33-21 loss. Gabbert with two interceptions is relatively ineffective. Watch for a change at QB. This team is 1-4 and playing poorly.
CAL GETS IT DONE: The Golden Bears continue to roll against ranked teams. They beat No. 18 Utah 28-23 after a goal line stand late. Utah has three shots from within the 2-yard line in the closing seconds, but fail. Quarterback Davis Webb boasts four TD passes in the win. This comes on the heels of the Golden Bears triumph over No. 10 Texas two weeks ago. Could the Golden Bears be Pac-12 spoilers?
COLLISON OUT FOR FIRST 8 GAMES: The NBA comes down on Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison with a suspension of the first eight games of the season. It stems from a guilty plea by Collison for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge of his wife in Granite Bay from May. His first eligible game will be November 8 and he loses $380,000 in salary. Veteran Ty Lawson is expected to fill in for Collison during his absence. Does he take notice?
CURRY ON NBA FINALS LOSS: Steph Curry simply does not allow himself to wallow in the NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, it has kept him motivated in making sure 2016/17 is not a repeat performance. He states, “That was the situation. There are certain situations that everyone has to deal with and whoever it is at the end…there is no need for any other storylines. I hated that I was asked about it that much.” It will be an entertaining season by the Bay with great promise. Curry is surely one of the reasons. They decimate the Clippers and beat the Sacramento Kings in San Jose on Thursday night.
FINAL THOUGHT: Watching Tyler Nielson, Dawson Fay, Hayden Fay, Justin Houlihan and Owen Bal Bon gives great hope for the Nevada Union Miners next season. Playing as sophomores and juniors, they are lighting it up. This is a fun-to-watch season for the Miners.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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