IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: NU announces latest Hall of Fame class; Super Bowl lacks luster
NU HALL OF FAME: It all comes together on April 27 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge when stellar performers and contributors are inducted into the Nevada Union Hall of Fame. This year’s group is representative of achievements from 2000-2005. As Walter Ford noted, “It was good to be a Miner at the turn of the century.” Indeed. It is a great list of honorees. Simply an event not to be missed!
SUPER BORE LIII: Did anyone expect this? If you took a 90 minute nap, you awoke to the same score. It was 3-0 at the half with Jared Goff going 5-for-12 with 52 yards. Tom Brady was just a little better. The Los Angeles Rams punt on their first eight series. They score but one field goal in the contest. Tony Romo quips, “If you like defensive football, this is your game.” It is a 13-3 win for New England in the lowest scoring (and perhaps least impressive) Super Bowl ever.
BRADY AND EDELMAN: Tom Brady wins his sixth championship. With all the New England support in Atlanta, he notes, “It could have been a home game.” Julian Edelman is the MVP. He corrals 10 receptions for 141 yards to capture the award. Two of the few highlights of an otherwise abysmal game.
SPECTACULAR SPORTS SATURDAY: Northern California earns the trifecta! The Golden State Warriors take down the LA Lakers 115-101. The San Jose Sharks beat Phoenix in overtime 3-2. The Sacramento Kings surprisingly best a Philadelphia 76ers team that ransacked the Warriors a few days earlier by a final of 115-108. Of all three, the Kings game was a sensational performance against a top-notch squad. All three teams rarely play on the same night. This one was a winner!
STILL HOMELESS: What to do with the Raiders in their final season before invading Las Vegas? They showed interest in Oracle Park. However, the Mayor of San Francisco and the 49ers say no. They cite territorial rights. For the Raiders, a disheveled group after a lackluster 2018, they still must search for a suitable place to play. Time is running out. If Oakland does not want them, what is the next move? It should all play out soon.
VIRK OUSTED FROM ESPN: His naughty leaks spelled curtains for Adnan Virk as he was escorted out of Bristol last Friday. He was the host of Baseball Tonight, but his wagging tongue led to his downfall. Once thought of as one of ESPN’s rising stars, he fell to earth. It all came about as a result of an “Awful Announcing” article linked back to Virk. Of course, he now threatens legal action.
WARRIORS SURGING: Golden State goes on a Wednesday night rampage vs. the San Antonio Spurs. It was a 49 point third quarter that sealed this one. They streak to basket on 25-of-26 possessions during the quarter. Klay Thompson with 26. Kevin Durant with 23. Steph Curry scores 19. DeMarcus Cousins, only playing half a game, nets 15. There are no turnovers in the last 19 minutes. It is a 141-102 victory that sets the Warriors with a 38-15 record as well as their sixth game of 140-plus points. Golden State on the right path.
KINGS CLOWN SUPER BOWL: It was a great night at Golden 1. Of greatest importance was that the Sacramento Kings took down the San Antonio Spurs with a brilliant 127-112 win to further embolden playoff hopes. However, in the process the broadcast on Comcast Sports California displayed nonsensical highlights sponsored by several brands to poke fun at the Super Bowl from one day earlier. They showed inconsequential plays that had little to do with the result. It was a brilliant idea as the Kings continue their quest for relevancy in the NBA.
KINGS DEAL: Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson, and Iman Shumpert are all dealt on Wednesday for some pieces to the overall puzzle. In return, they get Alec Burks from the Cavaliers and Harrison Barnes from the Mavericks. The Barnes acquisition could be quite positive as he has a championship pedigree. It looks aggressive at first glance. The Kings then go out and get ambushed by the Houston Rockets 127-101.
THE MISSING PIECE: There is a lot of pressure on Magic Johnson these days to land another “whale” to complement LeBron James. It is appropriate that they make a big play for Anthony Davis. However, it appears as though the Lakers have failed in their attempt. Experts say they will have to wait until the summer now. Johnson claims his job depends on a major acquisition. However, at least for now, their season seems doomed.
HELP SURELY NEEDED!: It is the worst loss for LeBron James as the Lakers lose 136-94 to the Indiana Pacers. Ouch! The 42-point spread set a low-mark record for The King! Luke Walton has no answers for his squad on this night. It is a pummeling of record-setting proportions for a team that, at the moment, seems in decline at the wrong time. Does it even give more credence to going after other significant talent? Walton needs to right this ship.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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