IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: The loss of a king; a season on the brink
“THE KING” DEAD AT 87: Arnold Palmer revolutionized golf. He died on Sunday due to heart problems. His magnetic personality inspires a following known as “Arnie’s Army.” He features a charismatic face of professional golf in route to four Masters, one U.S. Open, and two British Opens. In all, he captures 62 victories on the PGA Tour and 93 tournaments worldwide. It is a great loss, but his legacy will live forever.
KJ HAS RIGHTS TOO: Is it sport or politics? Sacramento Mayor and ex-NBA Star Kevin Johnson is slammed in the face with a pie while attending a charity event in Sacramento. His assailant, Sean Thompson, claims that Johnson has not focused enough on the homeless situation. After receiving the pie, Mayor Johnson takes Thompson to the ground and blackens Thompson’s left eye. He also requires nine stitches. Johnson comes under fire. KJ made the right call. Tough to be a city official these days.
A SEASON ON THE BRINK: The Giants take two out of three from the Colorado Rockies. Now, it is the Dodgers. The final three-game series of the season started Friday. The season hangs in the balance. They have a slight lead over St. Louis for the wild card. The Dodgers are a tough match. If they want to get to the MLB Playoff dance, they will have to give run support to this weekend’s pitchers. The abysmal second half of the season haunts them. This is it.
SCULLY’S FINAL WEEK: Vin Scully has the been the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years. As he approaches his 90’s, Scully is still vibrant. However, it is time to call it quits. Breaking tradition, he travels to San Francisco for the final games vs. the Giants. He is the consummate gentleman. Happy trails, Vin. You have been baseball’s ironman. You are simply been the best. Vin Scully will surely be missed.
MINERS LOSE SHOOTOUT: They lead 28-21 at half, but then allow Rocklin to score 21 points in less than 4 minutes to seal it for the Thunder, 48-35. Rocklin running back Brenden Rakela is unstoppable with 242 yards and 4 TD’s. Hayden and Dawson Fay star again, providing four of the five Nevada Union touchdowns. Justin Houlihan standouts with 22 tackles. Special teams was the difference in this one. Still in search of four complete quarters of football, the Miners prove they can compete.
BRUINS MAUL COUGARS: The previously unbeaten El Dorado Cougars are bested by Bear River 28-7. El Dorado comes in averaging 45 points per game, but Austin Baze with three TD’s and Stephen Taylor carry the load to victory. Bear River is in command the entire game while holding El Dorado defensively. Excellent performance and great promise for games ahead.
SEAHAWKS SOAR OVER 49ERS: For the San Francisco 49ers, it is a relatively listless 37-18 loss in Seattle. It is not really that close. San Francisco trails 37-3 in the 4th quarter before the Seahawks allow two late TD’s. San Francisco starts the season at 1-2 with a win at home and then two lopsided losses…visions of 2015. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert emerges 14-for-25 and 119 yards. Painful to watch.
RAIDERS GET IT DONE IN NASHVILLE: The Oakland Raiders play well enough to win 17-10 over the Tennessee Titans. They improve to 2-1. The Titans implode in the final minutes with two untimely penalties including a very ill-timed unnecessary roughness call on Taylor Lewan as the Titans were at Oakland’s 3-yard line. Jack Del Rio is left to exclaim, “I thought we did enough today to get a win.” Next up will be a difficult contest in Baltimore.
MLB TRAGEDY: It is a gut-wrenching Sunday for the Miami Marlins. At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, pitcher Joe Fernandez is killed in a boating accident after he slams into a jetty off of Miami Beach. Ironically, in 2008 he attempts four times, via boat, to escape Cuba. The last time was successful. He is the NL’s Rookie of the year in 2013. He becomes a U.S. citizen in 2015. He is enjoying an outstanding season when his life ends along with two other victims. The condition of his boat is described as “horrible,” wreckage strewn across the Miami harbor’s rocks. The Marlins cancel Sunday’s game and offer an incredible ceremony on Monday vs. the Mets.
DEE GORDON RESPONDS: Miami Marlin Dee Gordon has not homered all season. Yet, in his first at bat after the Jose Fernandez tragedy, he slams one into the right field seats. Gordon rounds the bases in tears. He is greeted by players with lengthy hugs. He puts his head on manager Don Mattingly’s shoulder and is consoled. Unable to contain himself after a delay, he retires to the clubhouse. The most gripping home run of the MLB season is complemented by a humbling celebration.
FINAL THOUGHT: With Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back), WR Dez Bryant (hairline fracture), and DE Randy Gregory (Substance abuse policy suspension) expected not to play on Sunday, do the 49ers have a chance?
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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