IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Salcedo reaches the top; Rossi starts on front row
SALCEDO IN WINNER’S CIRCLE: Volleyball has been a big part of Marco Salcedo’s life for more than four decades. A week ago today, the former Nevada Union coach finally reached the top of the mountain. A straight sets win over Whitney while coaching for Roseville puts the Sac-Joaquin Section title in Salcedo’s hands. A crown he has been pursuing for more than 10 years. This time he remarks how in the post-match din he thinks of his days at Nevada Union. Second place no more! He sits alone at the top.
ROSSI CLAIMS No. 3 SPOT: Local boy Alexander Rossi will start third in the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. He flirted with the pole position, but ultimately settled starting behind Scott Dixon and Ed Carpenter. Absolutely a must-watch event.
WARRIORS TO FINALS: After a tight Game 1, Golden State obliterates San Antonio. The average margin of victory is 16 in this series. In Game 4, Curry scores 36, Durant 29. They are 12-0 in the playoffs and 27-1 since March 11. They toy with the Spurs throughout the series. Stealth passing, accurate shots and stingy defense is their game. You have to wait until Thursday for the Finals vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Revenge time or more frustration?
NBA QUANDRY: What will the NBA do to create a better balance of power? Cleveland and Golden State have been generally involved in uncompetitive games with obviously a few exceptions. Large leads and lop-sided results. Adam Silver needs to contemplate how to make it better. There may be no answer.
CLOUD COMPUTING TAKES PREAKNESS: No Triple Crown this year. While Cloud Computing ran down Classic Empire after a close finish. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming faded to a disappointing eighth after competing heartily through the midway point in the race. The winning jockey this time is Javier Castellano. Belmont Stakes is on the rail, ready for its upcoming engagement.
WAYNE WALKER DEAD AT 80: No one was a bigger Bay Area television sports figure than Channel 5’s Wayne Walker during the 70s and 80s. He played 15 seasons in the NFL with three Pro Bowl Selections. He covered all sports well and was an extremely approachable media figure. KTVU’s sports anchor Joe Fonzi noted, “There was a time where Wayne was pretty much the voice of record when it came to Bay Area sports.” Walker died from Parkinson’s Disease complications that he contracted in 2010.
DUCKS LAY ROTTEN EGG: In the legendary film Caddyshack, Rodney Dangerfield asks, “Who stepped on a duck?” We now know the answer. It is the Nashville Predators. The Anaheim Ducks are the symbol of futility in the decisive Game 6. They get off 41 shots for three goals. Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier is odorous as he gives up four goals on a mere 16 shots. The Preds venture to the Stanley Cup Finals, virgin territory for the franchise.
SULLIVAN/PENGUINS ON TO FINALS: Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is a special man. Yes, he has changed his persona from his playing days to coaching era. He is all-business today with a Teflon surface. In days past, an approachable, family man who worked darned hard. Thursday he punched his ticket back to the Stanley Cup Finals in a 3-2 double overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators. Hard fought. Tremendous match. Great series. “Sully” and his boys go for their second straight Stanley Cup.
POWER OUTAGE: In Sunday’s Giants/Cardinals match-up, none of the San Francisco starters have an average greater than .273. Too lethargic at this point of the season. The result is an 8-3 loss. Two-out-of-three from the Cards. Saturday’s contest goes into extra innings tied at 0-0 before they finally seal it in the 11th. They move on to lose three of four at Wrigley Field vs. the Cubs.
A’S TOIL ONWARD: They linger at 26th in batting average and runs, 23rd in ERA and first in home runs allowed. They are slightly below .500 thanks to taking three out of four from the Red Sox. A ridiculously low payroll and no real stars, well maybe Kris Davis, are part of their landscape. One of the older modern-age stadiums in baseball. Soon to be the only tenant at O.Co Park. Yet, they do play with enthusiasm and purpose. They are in third in the West, but one wonders what the days ahead will hold. It is a bit of a beleaguered franchise.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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