IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Warriors bully Blazers; Sharks on the brink
WARRIORS ROLL: Several Portland Trailblazers proclaim the imminent ousting of Golden State. Don’t wake the sleeping Giant. After a big fourth quarter to win Game 1, the Warriors storm out to a 33-17 first quarter lead in Game 2. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combine for a mere 23 points. JaVale McGee coems through for Golden State, shooting 6-for-6 with 15 points. No Durant. No problem. Domination so far. This is a 110-81 blowout. Watch for a split in Portland.
SHARKS SEASON ON THE BRINK: It is an overtime loss in Edmonton on Thursday night. The Sharks hold a 3-2 lead and then cough it up with a mere 2:49 remaining in regulation. Edmonton dominates in overtime and strike oil late in the first OT frame. The Oilers have pushed San Jose to the brink of elimination. The Sharks’ big game tonight will either be their last of the season or enough to push for a Game 7 on Monday in Edmonton. After a 7-0 win on Tuesday, San Jose fails.
JACKSON BLAMES ANTHONY: The NY Knicks had a tumultuous season. Phil Jackson says of Carmelo Anthony, “We’ve not been able to win with him on the court and the direction of the team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else.” However, can you totally blame him for the 31-51 record and 80-166 over the last three seasons? Jackson needs some introspection as Anthony separates from his wife of 7 years.
THE FINAL, TRAGIC CHAPTER: Aaron Hernandez is dead. He takes his life on Wednesday morning. Hanged from his cell, he decides he does not want to be confined for the rest of his life without possibility of parole. His fiancé is left with their one child. So many lives ruined. So senseless. A sad chapter in the behavior of another fallen ex-sports star.
CHRIS GLASS DEAD AT 70: He was the eye behind the camera that telecast some of Nevada County’s biggest contests for Touchdown Productions. Glass brought his artistry to Nevada Union, Bear River, and many other venues to orchestrate excellence in broadcasting. Great with whom to work, he found joy in contributing to our students. Although he retired several years back, he will be fondly remembered. Rest in Peace, my friend.
BARKLEY OUTSPOKEN: On Sunday, a short time after Isiah Thomas’ sister dies in a tragic car accident, the Celtics star weeps on the sideline. Understandable, right? Of course, Charles Barkley has to weigh in. “I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that. So that tells me he is not in shape to play.” Charles Dufus! Is it for show or how he really feels? He gets good ratings, but must be generally dismissed at times.
SAY IT AIN’T SO, ELI: The tempest swirls. In the big business of sport memorabilia, Eli Manning and the New York Giants appear to have stubbed their toes. “Game used” jerseys and helmets are alleged to not be that at all. At the eye of the hurricane is Eli Manning. He misrepresents they say. Is his image tarnished? Watch for this one to grow legs!
PIRATES STARLING MARTE SUSPENDED 80 GAMES: Marte tests positive for Nandrolone, a performance enhancing drug. He apologizes to teammates and fans while pleading “neglect and lack of knowledge.” However, it is a drug that is usually injected. He seems to have rolled the dice and lost. The 28 year-old has been a mainstay for the Pirates since 2013. It is a case of dreadfully poor judgment.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.