IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Overdue honor for King; Raiders have roller coaster week
BILL KING CLAIMS PLACE IN HALL OF FAME: If you do not recognize the name Bill King, you are too young. King was the impeccably sensational announcer for the A’s, Warriors, and Raiders from 1960-2000. King, who died in 2005, is set to be enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame. He was sensational…one of the very best. Raiders owner Mark Davis commented, “Listening to Bill King was like watching the game on the radio.” So true. He was a special gift to sports and richly deserves to be in the “Hall.” He looked like the devil incarnate, but King was incredible behind the microphone.
RAIDERS FIND MAGIC DUST IN TIME: Down 24-9 in the third quarter, the Oakland Raiders outscore the Buffalo Bills 19-0 down the stretch in Sunday’s contest. It is another wild finish. Raiders prevail 38-24. They are not for the faint of heart. Latavius Murray stars with 20 carries for 85 yards and two TD’s. Derek Carr goes 19 for 35 and 260 yards.
TNF LOSS IN KC: Ah, the Raiders are now tied for first in the AFC West with Kansas City but drop from the No. 1 seed to the No. 5. They lose on Thursday Night Football 21-13 in frigid weather vs. the Chiefs. The second quarter dooms Oakland as they give up 21 points in 8:26. By halftime, Alex Smith had 202 yards passing. As Smith withered in the second half, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr never got his game going. He ends a dismal 17-for-41 for a mere 117 yards. They must find a way to win the final three games.
AFC WEST IN TRANSITION: The San Diego Chargers disclose that they are in negotiations with both the Los Angeles Coliseum and the StubHub Center to possibly play at one of the two venues next season. San Diego voters turned their backs on a new stadium deal. That might mean that both Oakland and San Diego will be packing their bags soon. The irony is that the Los Angeles Area, having no teams in the not-too-distant past, may end up with two. That would make three cities in the past two years that have lost their NFL franchises. It will be a hectic off-season in the west.
LETHARGIC, PAINFUL EFFORT: They 49ers cruised into Chicago and never made it to Soldier Field…or so it seemed. An embarrassing 26-6 loss. The statistics are horrid: zero points in the second half. Colin Kaepernick is 1-for-5 for 4 yards. A lethargic 39 yards passing and only 151 yards rushing. Only two field goals. A minor league team playing in the NFL. Simply a terrible showing.
LACK OF FOCUS?: The San Francisco 49ers are penalized 11 times for 106 yards on Sunday. Several kill drives including a “Snow Angel” exhibition by Roshard Robinson that took the ball from the Chicago 4 to the 19. However, over the past five games, they have been penalized 46 times for 417 yards, including two holding penalties that cost the team dearly.
RELIEF IN SIGHT?: The leaky bullpen closers cost the Giants a shot at the 2016 World Series. They go out and sign Mark Melancon for 4 years, $62 million. The Giants blew a whopping 32 save opportunities last season. Something had to give, and this is the hopeful move to shore up 2017.
FOOTBALL’S FINAL FOUR: Mark Dec. 31 on your calendar for two huge NCAA football games. No. 1 Alabama takes on No. 4 Washington while No. 2 Clemson takes on No. 3 Ohio State. Penn State is left out after winning the Big 10 Conference and beating Ohio State earlier in the season. The Pac-12’s Washington Huskies had but one blemish versus USC. Controversy may still reign, but these will be some exciting contests.
ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR KINGS/NBA: Meantime, Kings Matt Barnes is being sought by NYPD after allegations he choked a woman at a night club on Monday morning. He also is accused of punching another woman and a man outside the club. DeMarcus Cousins was also involved. A TMZ video surfaced of the aftereffects of the attack. Matt Barnes has a long NBA rap sheet of misbehavior. Losing is not enough. They must venture into NYC to cause mayhem. How can their judgment be so poor?
KLAY THOMPSON’S NIGHT: In Monday’s dismantling of the Indiana Pacers, Klay Thompson hits for a career-high 60 points in 29 minutes. He is 21-of-33 shooting, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range. He also hits 10-of-11 free throws in the 142-106 win by Golden State. He is done after a mere three quarters. It is the first 40 point half since 2003. What could have been his final tally if he played four quarters?
WARRIOR BLOWOUT WEEK: Golden State is re-establishing their NBA dominance. What a week! It starts with a 138-109 win vs. Phoenix. It continues with the 142-106 pasting of Indiana. Then, 115-98 against the Clippers. Alas, in Utah, the win is a mere 106-99. In the previous three games, the Warriors prevailed by an average of 24-plus points. They are starting to roll. Best record in the league and No. 1 in the power rankings.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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