IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Vegas continues to woo Raiders; Romo to the rescue
RAIDERS READY TO ROLL THE DICE IN VEGAS?: Las Vegas is moving quickly. $750 million pledged by the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee is complemented by funds from the Raiders and the CEO of the Sands. There are still approvals needed. While Oakland contemplates the loss of the team, Las Vegas moves aggressively to land the prize. My guess? If they can muster up league approval, the Raiders will be pulling slot machines soon.
FALCONS BY A HAIR: Well, maybe it was a half yard. Trailing 28-21 midway through the fourth quarter, Jack Del Rio and his Oakland Raiders go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Raiders 49. Jalen Richard is stopped a half-yard short. The Atlanta Falcons take over the ball, taking a 35-21 lead on the pursuant possession and win 35-28.
BULLPEN WOES: Having taken the first two in a crucial series vs. the Cardinals, the Giants lead 2-1 going into the ninth. Santiago Casilla enters with one out and a runner at first. However, he gives up a walk and a single, blows the save (league-leading ninth), and the Giants lose 3-2. Instead of taking the first three games, they split with the Cardinals. On Monday night, Madison Bumgarner pitches a one-hit gem. The problem? He has to turn the game over to the bullpen. In the ninth, a trio of Giants pitchers fail to record an out. Dodgers win 2-1.
ROMO TO THE RESCUE?: Maybe Bruce Bochy finally got it right. He turns to Sergio Romo to close. In his first opportunity, it is an efficient 1-2-3 inning. Although he gives up a double on Thursday night, he still finishes well vs. the Padres. Giants win 2-1. Where has Romo been? How many games that they lost would they have won? If the Giants do not make the playoffs, this will be a large question to ponder.
LARUSSA NOW ON THE HOT SEAT: It is now Tony LaRussa’s turn to be vilified. He says, “I would tell a player protesting the anthem to sit in the clubhouse. You’re not going to be out there representing the team and our organization by disrespecting the flag.” The backlash to his comments is severe. LaRussa’s past is called into question and it is a firestorm of protest from writers. It is one of the hottest sports debates of the past decade.
WEEK 2 BLOWOUT?: The San Francisco 49ers stay close, but in the end it is a 46-27 triumph for the Carolina Panthers. Panthers QB Cam Newton throws for 353 yards and sets a franchise record with four TD passes. The big question: Is this a repeat of last year when the 49ers won in Week 1 only to fall 43-19 in week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers? Can they make a statement against Seattle this Sunday?
CAL’S ENWERE LEARNS LESSON: Cal takes on No. 11 Texas and makes a real game of it. With Cal leading late 50-43, running back Vic Enwere runs for a 55 yard touchdown to seemingly ice the game for the Bears. The problem? He drops the call at the 1-yard line in a premature celebration. There was no immediate recovery. Cal kept the ball. The Enwere touchdown was removed from the scoreboard, and the Bears won 50-43. Silly stuff, these celebrations.
BEAR RIVER LOSES 21-14: The Bruins trail 21-7 with 4 minutes to go before staging a frantic rally. A fumble recovery by Calder Kunde produces a touchdown and a blocked punt gives Bear River possession at the 26 yard-line. Alas, the Marysville Indians shut down the Bruins. An incomplete pass dooms Bear River. Another big night for Austin Baze.
MINERS LOSE IN DOUBLE OT: He is the Jack Del Rio of High School Football. With it all on the line, at the end of two overtimes, Nevada Union Miners coach Dennis Houlihan goes for the two-point conversion. They fail and lose to the Napa Indians 35-34. Houlihan said, “I wanted to go for the win right then and there.” The underdog Miners play a courageous game, leading 21-7 in the fourth quarter. Napa fights their way back to tie with :14 left in regulation. Big game for Justin Houlihan on defense (nine tackles) and Hayden Fay on offense (three TD receptions.)
ROSSI ENDS IN STYLE: Nevada County resident Alexander Rossi gets a fifth place finish at Sonoma. He is also named Rookie of the Year. Rossi is relatively disappointed with his racing season, and his future for 2017 is uncertain. One rumor is that he may race for the highly-successful Penske team. Any racing enthusiast in Nevada County surely experienced an entertaining season due to Rossi.
FINAL THOUGHT: If you are interested in watching Nevada Union Football live, next Friday’s game and all home games will minimally be aired on Nevada Union’s Facebook Page. Go to Nevada Union MinerVision. At current time, the broadcast team, led by Telestream’ s Greg Kulaga and NU alumni Trevor Bryant, is negotiating with NCTV for live broadcasts on Comcast. The game is produced, directed, and filmed by NU students! It is all in crisp quality HD.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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