Sep 3, 2013, 9:40 AM PDT
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Mondays Tuesdays. There’s always a lot going on during a holiday weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past three days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.
No. 1 – Raiders to roll with Terrelle: When the Oakland Raiders open the season, Terrelle Pryor will be under center. Next, he’ll take the snap, drop back, and run for his life. The mobile quarterback won the job over quarterback Matt Flynn, who was also passed over in Seattle for another versatile signal caller in Russell Wilson.
“When you see Terrelle in a game, he just looks faster than the other players on the field,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson told our Raiders Insider Scott Bair.
The Raiders are hoping Pryor can do for them what guys like Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and Wilson have done for their respective teams. The Raiders are expected to run the pistol offense more often this year. Bair notes that Olson created several packages for Pryor to run, and they kept expanding throughout the preseason until they became the focal point of the offense.
No. 2 – BART / A’s win the weekend: Even a magical plantain wouldn’t have saved the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. They ran into a buzz saw Oakland A’s squad, a broken Bay Bridge, and a busted bathroom door. They had no chance. It started with their Cy Young Award-winning pitcher David Price getting stuck in traffic and arriving to the Oakland Coliseum late for his start. Price chose wrong and took a $202, two-hour cab ride from San Francisco without the Bay Bridge operational. Later, closer Fernando Rodney was stuck in the bathroom in the visitor’s dugout.
The Rays ended up taking BART to the ballpark in the following days and losing all three games they played in Oakland. The sweep stings the Rays, who were half a game ahead of the A’s when they arrived in the Bay Area. The A’s, meanwhile, stayed hot and took the first game of the current series against the Rangers and are now tied atop the American League West.
See. Playing in Oakland isn’t all bad.
No. 3 – The Giants will likely pay $7 million to get Barry Zito off their roster in 2014: Zito hasn’t won a game since May 30, and has a 10.00 ERA in his 11 starts on the road. It would be easy to feel sorry for him if he didn’t make $126 million of the past six-plus seasons. On top of that chunk of change, he’ll be able to wipe away his tears with another $7 million dollars when the Giants choose not to pick up his option for 2014.
The Giants will keep him around until the end of the season, however. Our Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly explains that it wasn’t a certainty.
The Giants will need to trim two players from the 40-man roster on Wednesday to clear space for some of their September call-ups. And Barry Zito looks more trimmable than a Noble fir the day after Thanksgiving.
Zito was on the roster and contributing when the Giants won their 2012 World Series Championship and they were able to win two titles in three years even with all of that money making little more than a marketing impact.
No. 4 – If you really like
feet Warriors basketball, this is for you: The Golden State Warriors put together pictures of all their player’s shoes over the weekend. It’s a fascinating click for every adult that used to think his Air Jordans made him run faster and jump higher.
No. 5 – Fantasy Football team names: Looking for a Bay Area themed football fantasy football team name? Here are some of the top-ranked names for each team.
Raiders: Dust in the Flynn – I heard Terelle has a Pryor – Woodson, Woodsoff – Just Flynn, Baby – Sporting Woodson
49ers: Al Kaepone – Wine ’em, Dine ’em, 49 ’em – I’d Kaep That – The Boldin the Beautiful (and a lot of NSFW names using “Frank Gore’s last name” and Vernon Davis’ initials)
Three to see:
If you’ve made it this far, clearly you have some time on your hands. Here are three stories that you simply must see:
— “Do you take this Green Man to be your lawfully wedded husband?” — “I do.”
— How the mighty have fallen. Ronnie Lott somehow fell off the set of his postgame show. You may ask yourself: How dare we laugh at 49ers legend like Ronnie Lott? Well, this is a man that considered cutting part of his finger off “a football decision.” I’m sure he was fine.
— Ever heard of the Fig thing Irish? Anyone?
And to think, this happened at an institute of higher education.
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