IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Raiders are rolling, but will they roll away? |

IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Raiders are rolling, but will they roll away?

RAIDERS TRIUMPH IN MEXICO CITY: It is a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans south of the border. The Raiders improve to 8-2. Finding a lot of ways to win. They fail running the ball, but win the game in the air on large gains and faulty Texan coverage. The Tuesday morning cry-babies blame it on botched officiating calls. However, Texan Coach Bill O’Brien lost this one due to poor judgment.

OAKLAND PLAN TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?: Finally, Oakland speaks out on a plan to retain the Raiders. Why so late? Oakland Mayor Libby Shaaf is tight lipped while Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval asserts that he expects the Raiders to honor their Las Vegas deal. Is it an 11th hour attempt to keep the Raiders in California? Shaaf is too vague and too late!

SAME STORY, DIFFERENT SCORE: Was it the Gods crying from heaven? Santa Clara got a 1/2 inch of rain between the second and third quarters. It did not help. Another pasting. This time, the 49ers lose to the Patriots 30-17. It is a franchise record ninth-straight loss. The stands were relatively empty. Is there a chance on Sunday in Miami?

DE BARTOLO ACCEPTS RING: Eddie De Bartolo governed over the San Francisco 49ers glory years. My, they were great. A team at the top has been transposed into a franchise near the bottom. However, on Sunday Eddie D gets his Hall of Fame ring. It is well-deserved. He knew how to run a team and orchestrate success. “I’m very happy where I ended up,” he proclaims. In 2000, the Yorks took over. It was not to be the same.

KANYE WEST LEAVES KINGS PLAYERS/FANS IN WONDERMENT: “It was the craziest thing I’ve seen in entertainment ever,” states Kings Anthony Tolliver. “I still don’t know why he left.” It was a memorable rant at the shining Golden 1, after only two songs. Then, a sudden exit. Willie Cauley-Stein adds, “It was obviously super messed up.” No inspiration for the Kings on this night. However, was it all that surprising? Kanye West is a mess.

NFL LEVIES HEAVY FINES: Ah, forget the names. Just remember that the NFL jumped all over the Tennessee/Atlanta game of two weeks ago. Taylor Lewan gets a $30,387 deduction for tangling with an official. Keanu Neal checks in with a $24,309 hit. Around the league, it is large fines to six others for almost $70,000 citing poor conduct. Is the NFL finally putting some punch into adverse personal performance on the field?

SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE: Jürgen Klinsmann is out as coach of U.S. men’s soccer team. No big surprise. Veteran coach Bruce Arena is his replacement. Arena is charged with getting the program turned around. He not only needs to get the team into the World Cup, he also needs to somehow create a competitive product. No easy task. The program is in disarray.

GOOD WEEK FOR MEN IN TEAL: It is a week in which the San Jose Sharks go 3-0-1. Home is the place to be where they beat New Jersey, Chicago, and the Islanders. The key? Great goaltending. Don’t tell the rest of the NHL that Martin Jones is one of the best in the game. Last year, the Sharks won the West on the road. This year, they are taking it at home.

BURNS THE FUTURE FOR SHARKS: Defenseman Brent Burns scored big on Tuesday with an 8-year, $64 million deal with the San Jose Sharks. Here is a guy who earns every cent of it. General manager Doug Wilson is a master at retaining top players. Burns is one of the NHL’s top players and wanted to stay in Silicon Valley. Next stop needs to be getting “Jumbo” Joe Thornton in the fold.

FINAL THOUGHT: With some positive effort this week, are the Sacramento Kings starting to get it together?

Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at

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