A’S NEW DIGS: As the Oakland A’s unveil brilliant plans for a new “jewel box” stadium on Oakland’s waterfront, they also have long term plans to utilize the old stadium as a bigger community ballpark. The renderings of the new stadiums look incredible. Let’s just hope Oakland does not mess this one up.
BEAR RIVER VS. COLFAX: Seldom does a high school football team get a second chance for redemption. Well, that is exactly what the Bear River Bruins earned with a stunning 27-14 win over the Ripon Indians. Calder Kunde with 135 passing yards, three touchdowns and a forced fumble. Dylan Bergez-Scott and Logan Jenkins with interceptions. Bergez-Scott and Austin Slining with 100-plus yard games. After a pasting by the Colfax Falcons earlier in the season, it is truly the opportunity for blessed redemption.
FOSTER BAD FOR SPORTS: San Francisco 49er Reuben Foster is in trouble again! The troubled player is arrested in Tampa Bay for domestic violence. He is cut immediately by the 49ers for violating “very specific ground rules.” He has a long rap sheet. He performs well on the field but cannot make it away from sports. To the rescue comes the Washington Redskins who claim him off waivers. How can the NFL be so hypocritical? Their motto should be, “Beat a girlfriend, get a new job.”
OAKLAND’S LATEST LOSS: They spiral to 2-9 as they lose convincingly to the Baltimore Raven 34-17. Again, it is the fourth quarter where they give up 14 points while scoring none. They are the absolute worst in the NFL in the fourth. Derek Carr goes 9-for-24 in the first half for 97 yards. The Ravens earn 242 rushing yards. As the offense is challenged, the defense is as bad. Poor special teams performance. How long can Gruden survive?
HEADSHAKER FOR THE NINERS: It is a 27-9 loss to the 4-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Too many penalties. Nick Mullens starts off 1-for-6 passing. There are no third down conversions in the first half. The bright side was Matt Breida who rushed for more than 100 yards. A game that many thought was winnable, it turned into another lackluster display.
PERFECT SEASON FOR NOTRE DAME: For the Fighting Irish it is a perfect 12-0 season after their defeat of USC 24-10. They scored 24 unanswered point after the Trojans took a 10-0 lead. It was Notre Dame’s biggest deficit of the season. While USC outgained them in the first half 289-210, it was two turnovers that prevented them from expanding their lead. The Fighting Irish will be hard-pressed to advance from their No. 3 national ranking.
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WARRIORS OUTDUEL KINGS: It was the first time the two teams met when they had .500 or better records since 1979. As the Kings had a positive first half on both ends of the court, they enjoyed a 64-60 lead, De’Aaron Fox went 2-of-11. It was a game of runs in the hotly contested fourth quarter as Sacramento enjoyed a 10-1 run while the Warriors posted an 11-0 advantage. Sixteen lead changes and 15 ties for the game. Despite Golden State’s 117-116 win on a Klay Thompson bucket with :.05.8 left, Sacramento was inspiring.
SHARKS VLASIC BIT BY ROUSSEL: His nickname is “pickle”, but that does not mean he is edible. Vancouver’s Antoine Roussel served up a “MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC SPECIAL” in the third period of their NHL game last week. During an altercation, he bit Vlasic on the hand. It was an expensive hors d’oeurve as the league fined him the maximum $5,000 for his actions. Roussel must have been inspired by Mike Tyson.
TIGER-PHIL PAY PER VIEW GOES AWRY: Better planning in the future? You bet. For some, the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson lived up to its hype. For others, it was a sham. For sponsors Bleacher Report, Turner Sports and Comcast, who all tried to sell it at a price, “The Match” became an unmitigated disaster. Technical difficulties forced Turner Executives to ditch the $19.99 price and make it available for free. Better luck next time.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.