IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Giants simply a mess; Warriors breeze through Utah
GIANTS SIMPLY A MESS: They score the third fewest runs and have the second worst ERA in all of baseball. Their road trip is a disaster, going 1-5 in the last six games and being outscored by a whopping 46-15. The bullpen is a terribly suspect, and the hitting has been lackluster. Only Buster Posey has decent statistics. Brandon Belt has been a strikeout king. They barely win the final game of the road trip 6-5 after giving up two runs in the ninth. They come home and lose the first of three against the Red. Their postseason hopes, even in May, are fading.
ALWAYS DREAMING TAKES KENTUCKY DERBY: He is a co-favorite at 9/2 odds. Jockey John Velazquez steers Always Dreaming to second after the first turn, takes the lead, and then cruises to victory. It is the second win for trainer Todd Pletcher as well as Velazquez. Although a wide open field, Always Dreaming will head to the Preakness on May 20 as the clear favorite.
VALLEJO’S BEST SHOT: Local boy Tanner Vallejo is chosen by the Buffalo Bills after an illustrious career at Boise State. He emerges as arguably the best Nevada County candidate to take his skills to the pros. Vallejo boasts a big game and seems suited for the needs of the Bills. It will make for an incredible training camp for the Nevada Union grad.
WARRIORS TAKE JAZZ BEST SHOT, WIN: Saturday night’s Game 3 is evidence of why the Warriors are so formidable. Golden State trails at halftime. The Utah Jazz builds a nine-point lead early in the third. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson struggle. Still not enough for Utah. Kevin Durant notches 38 points. Curry comes back to get 23. It is a big fourth quarter. The best punch the Jazz can throw is swatted away by Golden State. The fans leave distraught. It was head-shaking time for Utah in this 102-91 Warriors win.
TAKE NOTE: The Utah Jazz play an off-note performance against Golden State. Instead of “Take Note,” their performance was off-key. The Warriors blow through them with a 4-0 sweep after a final 121-95 conquest in Utah. It was the 39-17 end-of-first-quarter lead by the Warriors that victimizes Utah. Big games by Curry, Thompson, Green, and Durant. Total margin of victory in the series is an impressive 59 points. More rest while they wait for the next series vs. San Antonio.
BALL SHOE SALES UNDERWHELMING: Father LaVar Ball boasts of how his show deal was the best. It is the Lonzo Ball shoe (aka: Big Baller Brand ‘Z02 Prime). Ball is expected to go very high in the upcoming NBA Draft. The shoe is $495. If you want an autographed version, it is a whopping $995. Both LaVar and Lonzo expected sales to be brisk. However, they come in at a laughing 263 pairs. Slow out of the gate … like a snail. Hope Lonzo does better on the pro court.
NBC WITH POSITIVE COMMERCIAL CHANGE: It is a good proposal. NBC Sports mogul Mark Lazarus proclaims when speaking of Sunday Night Football, “We are working on formatting that reduces the number of breaks, but maybe a little bit longer, maybe 30 seconds longer.” Yes, too many breaks. A new-wave concept. Let the game flow better. So tired of watching an onslaught of ads that is occasionally interrupted by NFL football.
BERMAN TRAGEDY: Katherine Berman, wife of ESPN legend Chris Berman, dies in a two-car accident in Connecticut as she rear-ends another vehicle, flips and ends up overturned in a small body of water. “This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” says ESPN President John Skipper. I met Ms. Berman last spring in Hawaii. Very tough loss for a classy man.
NEW TREND IN SPORTS?: The Denver Broncos pull the plug on a large number of season ticket holders. Some are disabled and could not make games. One had lung surgery. The bottom line is that they have thousands of people waiting in line. They assert that many of these season ticket holders, some with decades of avid support, are selling tickets through brokers or passing them on to other people. Regardless, it is an interesting trend to follow closely.
CAPITALS FAIL … AGAIN: It is again a head-shaking time in Washington. The Capitals win the President’s Trophy for a second straight year only to be eliminated by ex-Shark Mike Sullivan and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexander Ovechkin is demoted to the third line. In the pivotal Game 7, the Caps get shut out. This frustration has turned into an annual event in the nation’s capital. The most under-performing playoff team in all of hockey.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.