IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Rossi makes a splash in return to Nevada County
ROSSI MAKES SPECTACULAR NEVADA COUNTY SPLASH: Attendance records at the 49er Rotary annual Duck Race are smashed. Alexander Rossi’s appearance at Twin Cities Church is eye-opening. Speaking of the victory in the Indy 500, he noted, “The first feeling was relief we had made it. Thirty seconds later, it hit me what had happened.” Ironically, he had never attended the 500 race. “Coming back to Nevada County…these are just good people.” Rossi is very mature for his age. He is humorous, straight-forward, approachable, well-spoken and insightful. It is amazing when you consider he is one of our boys.
OVERTIME IS FINE: The Miners make it work in Lincoln with a 21-14 win in OT over the Zebras Sept. 9. Justin Houlihan has a monster game with 16 tackles. Penalties still a concern as they thwart several drives. Defense is getting better with each tilt. Once the offense finds it rhythm, the Miners could be a real threat almost every game.
DID TORTORELLA GET IT RIGHT?: Everyone wants to be politically correct, except Team USA coach John Tortorella. The fiery leader of our nation’s product in the World Cup of Hockey states, “If any of my players sit on the bench for the National Anthem, they will sit there for the rest of the game.” As Colin Kaepernick expresses his opinion, is Tortorella allowed to express his? Finally, is there a chance that Tortorella is a part of the silent majority?
DEL RIO’S GAMBLE PAYS OFF: With the Raiders trailing 34-33 in the waning moments of Sunday’s contest in New Orleans, Jack Del Rio opts for a two-point conversion to take the lead. Risky move except when you consider that Michael Crabtree miraculously catches the winner. Oakland overcomes a 14-point deficit in a game that appeared over. Saints quarterback Drew Brees racks up 424 yards, but it is not enough. Raiders show true grit in the 35-34 win.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL OFFICIALS SUSPENDED: Know the rules, boys! In the closing moments of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game on Saturday, officials allow Central Michigan to run one more play after the clock expired on fourth down offensive play by Oklahoma State. The problem? The rules state the play should not be allowed. They get it wrong and Central Michigan pulls off a zany play to score. The officials draw a two game suspension for their lack of knowledge. Even with the intricacies of all of the rules, an official must get it right.
49ERS PASS FIRST TEST: This is only a start. A 28-0 thrashing of the hapless Los Angeles Rams is a welcomed sight for 49er Faithful. Big night for Navarro Bowman in which he is a standout. Last season they had an impressive opening night vs. the Minnesota Vikings only to watch the team implode. Up next are the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks. If they emerge anything other than 1-2 after the first three games, it is a positive 2016 beginning.
THE RECORD IS BROKEN!: And it is not a good one. Santiago Casilla blows his eighth save of the season Saturday night vs. the Diamondbacks. This sets an all-time Giants record for futility. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the bullpen woes. They have failed in six of the last 10 save opportunities. On Tuesday night, the Giants go to the top of the ninth leading 4-1. By the time the half-inning was over, they give up five runs in route to losing 6-4. Casilla was not a part of that mess.
VALENCIA LEAVING A’S: As part of the Oakland A’s “youth movement,” it appears that now Danny Valencia is expendable. Valencia is one of the main offensive contributors in the A’s lineup. However, the minus is that he has played relatively poorly at third base. He is replaced by rookie Ryon Healy. With all of Oakland’s struggles this season, how do they part with one of the few guys who stirs the offense? In spite of this, they sweep the four-game series in Kansas City against the Royals.
CRUNCH TIME FOR GIANTS: The San Francisco Giants play 10 of their last 17 games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. They are 21-35 since the All-Star break. They win the first nine against the San Diego Padres, but lose the final six. It is a 4-3 week for the G Men. Trends to reverse: Going into Thursday, Angel Pagan has five hits in his last 51 at-bats. Buster Posey is batting .193 over the past 14 games with no homers in 177 at-bats. Joe Panik is 8-for-37 in the past 11 games. Brandon Crawford has 10 hits in his past 54 at-bats. Find the lumber now, boys.
FINAL THOUGHT: Just wondering, when did it become more en vogue and acceptable to kneel for the National Anthem than to respect it?
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.