IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Oakland’s big loss; Sharks tanking as playoffs near
OAKLAND’S GAME-LOSING FUMBLE: The Raiders are bound for Las Vegas. The vote is in. Bye-bye to one of Oakland’s prized ex-possessions. Oakland submits its final proposal to the NFL and it is lackluster to say the very least. NFL kingpin Roger Goodell comments, “It wasn’t clear and specific, affectionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies.” Las Vegas lands the franchise.
SEASON ON THE BRINK: For all the good things that have happened to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks this season, this is a terrible time to tank. They lose seven of eight games and tumble from the Pacific Division top spot. Low scoring a poor goaltending, stalwarts for the season prior to the skid, are the culprits. If they end the season on a downer, it will be a short playoffs.
KINGS SURPRISE CLIPPERS: Just when it appears it is a ho-hum Sacramento Kings loss, they come to life last Sunday vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clips have an 18 points lead with 5 minutes left. Kings rattle off a 22-3 run. Willie Cauley-Stein scores with 1.8 seconds to play. Los Angeles is stunned. It is a 98-97 win for Sacramento.
KING-SIZE HEADACHE: Sometimes it is hard to figure out the dysfunctional owner of the Kings, Vivek Ranadive. He requests and receives permission to meet with former Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie. Eek! The team then issues a statement that “The Kings are not hiring Sam Hinkie and have no plans to bring anyone in over Vlade.” What will the Kings do when they finally grow up?
MATT BARNES INVISIBLE: In the Warriors/Kings game, Matt Barnes plays 13:33 of the game. He scores a mere two points. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that Kings play-by-play man, Grant Napier, never mentions his name all night. Perhaps a bit of a backlash from Barnes’ terrible and disruptive tenure with the Kings fueled by his free agent move to Golden State.
WARRIORS GIG SPURS: Should I turn this game off or not? “Ouch” was the first quarter theme in San Antonio on Wednesday. Dubs get behind 15-0, don’t score for 4:14, and trail 33-17. Then they look like Animal House’s John Belushi as they declare, “It’s not over until we say it is over!” They simply explode. They reduce the deficit to three at half, take the lead 80 seconds into the third, shoot 13-of-26 from deep, and end up pounding a stunned San Antonio 110-98. All of a sudden it is a nine-game win streak. The West is Golden State’s.
BASEBALL ODDITIES: With the season upon us, chew on these morsels. Jose Canseco will be a pre- and post-game analyst for Comcast SportsNet. Barry Bonds joins the Giants as an advisor after a failed year as hitting coach in Miami. There is great confusion as to whether Donald Trump will throw out the first pitch at the opener for the Nationals. He says NO. Go scratch your heads.
GIANTS SET: Dysfunctional without Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford, the Giants are nonetheless poised to start it all Sunday. Around .500 for spring training, they beat Cubs and Reds in tune-ups. “I’m definitely happy with how I’m leaving the spring,” quips Madison Bumgarner, who has a 2.52 ERA in seven starts over 25 innings. They start in Arizona.
A’S LEFT TO CARRY OAKLAND TORCH: With the Raiders gone after 2019 and the Warriors building a new home in San Francisco, the Oakland A’s will soon be the only major team left. A bad reflection on Oakland. However, they enjoy a good spring. Young faces. Revolving line-up. Scrappy group. However, Sonny Gray on disabled list. Ouch! They will need to make the most of their tight budget. Can they make an impact starting Monday against the Angels? It will be tough.
FINAL FOUR DANCE: Saturday is the day. Cinderella Oregon faces North Carolina. Gonzaga still in the hunt vs. South Carolina in the early game. The dust has settled and it’s time to crown the victor.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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