IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Positive start for Kings; Raiders continue to win and 49ers continue to lose
POSITIVE START FOR KINGS: The Sacramento Kings paste the Phoenix Suns on opening night in Arizona. At Golden 1, they test the San Antonio Spurs before wilting down the stretch and losing 102-94. There are a lot of games to go, but this is at least a positive start. Can Dave Joerger keep the momentum going? We will see tonight!
GREEN PLAYS BLACK-AND-BLUE BALL: It might be important to note that the NBA season is young, but it really just starts this week. Draymond Green, however, is back in regular season form. The oft-criticized Golden State Warrior delivers a kick to Portland Trailblazer Allen Crabbe. Ah, Green’s game has not seemed to change during the offseason after he delivers groin blows to LeBron James and Steven Adams in the 2016 playoffs. This season is destined to be an entertaining, yet chaotic season for the Warriors.
RADIERS WIN WILD TILT: Yes, the game goes “tilt,” but the Oakland Raiders prevail in Jacksonville 33-16. Both teams amass over 100 yards in penalties. Two Jaguars and one Raider are ejected. The Raiders show a lackluster offense for the majority of the second half. However, Jack Del Rio and his Raiders get it done on the road and go 5-2 for the season. They stay in Florida for this weekend’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are finding ways to get it done even though they are not at the halfway point of the NFL season.
49ERS GO 1-6: Is it OMG or LOL? What is left to say? San Francisco gives up 249 rushing yards, 562 in the last two weeks. This time it is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are on track to eclipse the 1981 New England Patriots for futility in rushing yards surrendered. Colin Kaepernick again fails the test going 16-for-34 with 143 yards. They roar out to another 14-0 lead in the first quarter only to score a mere three points for the rest of the game. The Bucs prevail handily 34-17. It is another sad performance at Levi Stadium. It is the longest losing streak since 2008 and the prospects for anything other than a first round draft pick look dim. Thank goodness this is a bye week.
NEVADA UNION FALLS 34-21: The Miners roar out to a 14-0 lead, but simply cannot hold it. Head Coach Dennis Houlihan notes, “We got tired. They ran the ball pretty good up the middle on us.” It is 323 rushing yards for Granite Bay. In the losing cause, Justin Houlihan has a big night with 20 tackles. Hayden Fay pitches in with a long touchdown. However, the Grizzlies outscore the Miners 34-7 the rest of the way. The Miners continue to struggle in league play. NU simply needs to put together 48 minutes of complete offensive/defensive ball.
DID NBC GET WHAT THEY WANTED?: The Peacock Network touts the past Sunday Night Football showdown as a great prospect. However, in a 6-6 contest between Seattle and Arizona, the scoring is low. Both teams have a hard time moving the ball. Each gets a field goal in overtime and both miss short shots in the final 7:30 of OT. The potential of a high-scoring game goes by the wayside. Viewers are split. Some call it a great game while others struggle to stay awake (especially on the East Coast). The moral to this story is “Be careful what you ask for.”
KERSHAW/DODGERS FAIL BIG TEST: Much was expected of Clayton Kershaw and the LA Dodgers in Game 6 at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers’ pitching and bats implode. Anthony Rizzo homers for the Cubs in the fifth and it is all over… for Kershaw and LA. Chicago wins 5-0, the party begins, and it is on to the World Series. The Cubs have not won baseball’s biggest event since 1908. For the Dodgers, another post-season failure. Giants fans are smiling.
FINAL THOUGHT: It is time to get used to “the kneel” during the National Anthem. Sports go political. Denasia Lawrence is the latest to kneel while singing “That Star-Spangled Banner” while wearing a “Black Lives Matter” blouse prior to the Miami Heat/Philadelphia 76ers exhibition game a little over a week ago. Those in favor applaud. Those opposed just need to surrender and accept.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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