IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Warriors start final run at Oracle; Sharks bite Golden Knights in playoff opener
WARRIORS BEGIN FINAL ACT AT ORACLE: Time has passed by The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena. Just as Oakland has lost the Raiders, they will also lose the Warriors when the playoffs conclude for Golden State. The Coliseum and the Arena are both outdated. Although the Arena was renovated, it was about 20 years ago. The Coliseum and its ownership are two big reasons the Raiders will depart. They are poorly run and antiquated. Now, the Warriors move into a shining, new facility in San Francisco. Oakland is now set to continue with one tenant, the Oakland A’s.
KINGS PULL CURTAIN DOWN: It was a great season for Sacramento. No, they did not make the playoffs, but no one will doubt they overachieved. Buddy Hield notches hundreds of 3s. Da’Aaron Fox improves greatly as the season progresses. So many contributors and an incredible amount of promise. A good campaign for the Kings.
BRILLIANT NCAA FINAL: The Texas Tech Red Raiders give Virginia everything they can handle in the NCAA basketball finals. It is truly a back-and-forth tilt. Texas Tech leads 66-65 with a mere 35 seconds remaining. However, regulation ends at 68-68. Virginia shines in overtime with 17 points aided by an 11-point run. This is a thriller, but Virginia captures the crown 85-77. It is an incredible ending to the season for both squads.
THE BIG NHL NASTY: Hits aplenty. An abundance of penalties. Three players sent to an early shower. Yes, it is the San Jose Sharks vs. the Vegas Knights. Make no mistake. These teams do not like each other. In Game 1, San Jose gets the final word in a 5-2 win. The Sharks surge to a 3-0 lead on a trio of nifty goals by Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns, and Marc Edouard Vlasic. Pavelski’s went in off his mouth leaving him bloodied. No big deal. Do not get too giddy. This will be a long, hard-fought series. It is a good start, but that is all it is.
HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: It is Takuma Sato’s day. He starts on the pole and rides it to the finish. Local star Alexander Rossi had another excellent race. On Lap 20, he briefly held first place. For the majority of the race, Rossi held down a solid fourth. It highlighted the importance of qualifications. Rossi qualified in Row 4 in route to a fifth place finish. The good news is that King Alexander is hanging in there in the points standings. Many more races to come.
GIANTS FAIL: The Baseball Gods are not blessing the San Francisco Giants. In Monday’s tilt vs. the San Diego Padres, Brandon Crawford gets his first RBI of the season. The G-Men proceed to load the bases. Kevin Pillar delivers a grand slam and the Giants are up 5-0. However, the Padres catch and pass San Francisco in the seventh. It is a heartbreaking 6-5 loss. The bats come alive, but it still results in another untimely loss.
AD BIDS ADIEU TO THE BIG EASY: Anthony Davis is making a quick exit out of New Orleans. On Tuesday, prior to the Pelicans game vs. Golden State, he donned a T-Shirt that read, “That’s All Folks!” Let the negotiations begin. The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are felt to be the front-runners for his services. His departure is met with mixed emotions. Is his attitude good for basketball or sport? If he brings his game, he can make a difference? Only time will tell as this mess is about to unfold.
PUGILENT PUIG: Reds player Derek Dietrich admires his second inning home run. Pirates pitcher Chris Archer throws behind Dietrich in his next at-bat. Enter Yasiel Puig, the hot-tempered, recently-acquired, unpredictable Cincinnati outfielder. He attempts to fight the entire Prates squad. Ah, just a day at the office for Puig. He gets two-games off for this little incident. Anger Management classes? The irony is that in Cincinnati he has become a hero. Nothing like a new incentive for poor behavior.
DAVIS BILKS ORIOLES: Chris Davis set a new MLB record for all the wrong reasons. The Baltimore Orioles signed him to a $161 million contract. However, Davis has the last laugh…or maybe cry. As of Friday morning, he was hitless in 53 consecutive at-bats dating back to September 14. He sets the MLB record. Talk about a long summer. He is an Oriole with a wounded wing.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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