IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Giants show improvement; Jumbo Joe sticks with Sharks
SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT: The San Francisco Giants go 7-3 over their last 10 as of Friday morning. Brandon Crawford, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Buster Posey, all playing regularly, add beef to the line-up. Jae-gyun Hwang has been a good addition. Denard Span gets some key hits. Still, 22nd in batting average at .244, 28th in runs at 341 and 20th in ERA at 4.61. A bundle of games below .500. What will the contests after the All-Star break bring?
THORNTON REMAINS A SHARK: At the deadline before free agency, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and Jumbo Joe Thornton get a deal done. Rumored to be one year at $6.5 million. It is a great relief to Sharks fans and fellow teammates. Hard to envision a Sharks team without Thornton. Would have been a shame if he slipped away. Alas, another year…wish it were more!
NAUGHTY BOYS: Ok, so it is controversial. However, if you know Joe Thornton, it really is not. Brent Burns and Thornton of the San Jose Sharks bare it all in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Feature. Shocking? No? Thornton comments, “I like my body. I never remember being self-conscious.” Not unusual if you have ventured into the Sharks locker room. They are a unique pair of players.
SAD END OF AN ERA: Patrick Marleau debuted for the San Jose Sharks on October 1, 1997. Over the next 19 years, he played 1,493 regular season games in teal. He scored 509 goals and 1,082 points. He was the franchise’s poster boy until his escape via free agency to the Toronto Maple Leafs on a 3-year deal worth $6.25 million annually. Tough to swallow if you are a Sharks fan. Class act all the way.
STEPH IN THE FOLD FOR A WHILE: Call it a day, in fact 5 years, for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. A $201 million maximum contract. Most remark that he deserves it. The most important aspect is that the Warriors tie him up long term. The debate may be as to whether Curry or Durant are the heart of the franchise. However, no doubt that Curry is a major part of the puzzle. Great times ahead for a good team player.
IGUODALA REMAINS WITH GOLDEN STATE: After a few visits, Andre Iguodala remains a Golden State Warrior for three years and $48 million. In essence, he chooses the ability to remain with champions rather than chase more money. Yes, $48 million should allow him to live comfortably. He is a main cog for this team and his fellow players know it.
KINGS LAND HILL: He is a starting guard addition for the Sacramento Kings. George Hill signs a 3-year, $57 million deal. He will be a veteran mentor for this young squad. He averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the Jazz last season. He is widely known as one of the best free agent point guards available.
VENUS STRUGGLES: After her first round win at Wimbledon, Venus Williams fails to hold her composure in the post-match interview. She breaks down when asked about her June auto accident that killed a 78 year-old man. “There are no words to describe, like, how devastating- yeah, I’m completely speechless,” she says as she fails to complete sentences. Obviously, a very painful experience for all involved.
ARMSTRONG’S FOOLISH DECISION: Lance Armstrong’s career imploded with the admission that he used ertythropoietin, a performance enhancing drug. However, a recent study reveals that the drug actually has no effect on athletic performance. It begs the question as to whether he actually threw his career away over nothing.
PACQUIAO AT END OF ROAD?: Manny Pacquiao fails the test against Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday night. It was labeled a must-win to rejuvenate Pacquiao’s career. It just didn’t happen. While ESPN labeled it an “all-time robbery,” it was not as bad as they tried to frame it. Pacquiao, who has had a brilliant career, may be nearing the end of the trail.
FINAL THOUGHT: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut gobbles down 72 hot dogs to retain his Coney Island Crown on Memorial Day…if you have a stomach for this news.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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