IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: ‘We want the Cup’ |

IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: ‘We want the Cup’

A chant of “We want the Cup” resonated from the rafters of SAP Center on Wednesday night. In a pivotal Game 6 on home ice, the San Jose Sharks get it done. They deal the final blow to the St. Louis Blues in an efficient 5-2 victory, winning the series 4-2. It is their first chance to get their names engraved on hockey’s holy grail, The Stanley Cup. They are given little hope in the first three rounds, but they find a way to eliminate Los Angeles in five and Nashville in seven. As the final seconds tick down, it is a deafening roar at The Shark Tank. This is a hungry mass of fans. Along the way in Round 3, captain Joe Pavelski has nine points (four goals, five assists), Joe Thornton notches seven assists, and Logan Couture adds a goal and six assists. They now face the final leg of the journey as they face the Pittsburgh Penguins. They open up on Monday night at 5 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

A SEASON ON THE BRINK: Today the Golden State Warriors deal with the greatest adversity of their record-breaking season. Down 3-1 in games, they rally on Thursday and win at home 120-111. Will that spell a comeback or the last gasp? They lose games three and four by a total of 52 points. The formula is another gritty effort in this physical series to prevail in what will be a tough Game 6.

LADY BRUINS MAKE NEVADA COUNTY PROUD: OK. So they come within an eyelash of winning another sectional title. The Bear River softball team form a serious habit every year of bring quality ball to the diamonds. They, indeed, make it to the final game of the season. They push it to the limit before losing to Casa Roble. Disappointment? Maybe. Honor, success, and pride? Most definitely. Here is to another star-studded season.

TIMMY TIES KNOT WITH ANGELS: Great news for Tim Lincecum and baseball. He signs a new contract for $2.5 million to display his wares once again. With his surgically repaired hip, he is poised to make his impact on MLB once again. A key contributor to the Giants in World Series years, he puts on a great show for baseball. He considers a return to the Giants, but tells reporters that their interests weren’t aligned. He will spend 20-30 in the minors to fine tune his game and get ready for “The Show.” Wishing him nothing but the best in his hopefully-successful return.

SAY IT AIN’T SO, JIM!: 1980 “Miracle on Ice” goalie Jim Craig announces that he is selling his gold medal, jersey worn in the highly-acclaimed game against the Soviets, and the flag he draped over himself after the triumph. His fetes lead to the team being named the story of the 1900s. It is set to fetch millions. Hate to see him part with it, but they are obviously bound for someone who will appreciate them more.

FINALLY SOME COMMON SENSE: Never has an NBA season been met with such disdain from past stars. As the Warriors rolled, the blood curdled. Hall of Famer Larry Bird finally weighs in at the end of a season marred with this nonsense. When speaking about the 3-point play that has changed the game, he notes, “Some teams shoot up around 30 3s a game. My era, you always think that’s the greatest era. I’m not so sure anymore.” Amazingly, his comments came on the heels of the NBA considering a 4-point line, another innovation that would change the game. The more the game grows, the more it changes.

WARRIORS AFTER STEPHEN SILAS: Yes, they need a new top assistant coach. Luke Walton is moving on to Tinsel Town. Silas appears to be in the bullseye. The Charlotte Hornets have already expressed interest. However, for Silas is there a more high profile job than with the Warriors?

GIANTS WIN 13 OF 14: The San Francisco Giants hang onto first place in the West on the wings of another healthy week. They sweep the San Diego Padres and win two of three from the Chicago Cubs. They are 9-1 in the last 10. Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, and Jeff Samardzija all have impressive performances. Jake Peavy has a good start after going 0-4. Matt Cain shows signs of getting his groove back. They lead the West, but it may be difficult to keep this pace.

VOGELSONG SERIOUSLY INJURED: Ryan Vogelsong is hospitalized after taking a 92 MPH fastball to the face from Colorado pitcher Jordan Lyles. It results in multiple facial fractures for the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher. They wait for the swelling to go down in the left eye to assess the full extent of the injury. The first prognosis includes multiple fractures and damage to the left eye. The ex-San Francisco Giants standout faces perhaps the toughest challenge of his career.

NEW LOW FOR MIAMI MARLINS: The MLB club is suing several ex-season ticket holders and vendors. It is a new low for a franchise that is considered the laughing stock of baseball. The vendors are promised large crowds that never materialize. A pizza franchise goes bankrupt after they fail at the ballpark. No worries. They are still sued by the Marlins. Nine season ticketholders are also a part of the legal action because they did not renew season tickets. When the Marlins weigh the lost revenue against attorney fees and bad press, how do they surmise that this is all worth it?

FINAL THOUGHT: Do not expect Tom Brady to ever give up. It is not in his DNA. After the US Court of Appeals sides with the NFL, watch for him to ask for a full hearing in this court and go to the Supreme Court if he must. Why doesn’t the NFL just give up on it at this point? They look obsessed in this case with punishment.

Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at

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