Nov 11, 2013, 10:34 AM PDT
Welcome to A case of the Mondays. There’s going to be an awful lot of cranky sports fans at work today. Typically we bring you the top five items you may have missed over the weekend; but since all of the Bay Area teams were held winless over the past two days, we’re taking it a different direction.
Which Bay Area team had the worst weekend?
No. 1 – San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers’ five-game winning streak was snapped at home by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The loss isn’t merely why they had the worst weekend in the Bay Area. Coming off a bye week, their offense was abysmal at best. After welcoming wide receiver Mario Manningham back into the fold, Colin Kaepernick was still held to a career-low 91 passing yards as the 49ers lost 10-9.
Vernon Davis was knocked out of the game with a concussion and Eric Reid was leveled by Panthers running back Mike Tolbert. It was a miserable weekend all around for a team that should be considered the class of the NFL.
No. 2 – Oakland Raiders: New York Giants fans were so fed up they were booing dogs that dropped frisbees during the halftime show. Somehow, the Oakland Raiders let those angry New Yorkers out of the dog house. Just how bad was it for the Raiders after their 24-20 loss? Terrelle Pryor’s knee buckled when he stepped off the podium after his post game media session.
The Raiders’ quarterback has throw one touchdown and eight interceptions over the past four games with a 42.0 passer rating. The last quarterback in silver and black to struggle that bad was JaMarcus Russell. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
No. 3 – California Golden Bears: The Golden Bears would rank higher on this list if anyone actually expected them to win on Saturday. After a 62-28 rout at the hands of the USC Trojans, the Golden Bears are 0-7 against Pac-12 opponents this season. USC returned a NCAA record-tying three punt returns for touchdowns on Saturday in Berkeley. All of this happened on coach Sonny Dykes’ 44th birthday. Yup, Cal had a very bad weekend. And that’s not even mentioning the off-the-field issues they are dealing with lately.
No. 4 – Golden State Warriors: The Golden State Warriors lost on Friday and Saturday, but it’s not all bad.
Stephen Curry returned to action after missing Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with a bone bruise in his left foot. The Memphis Grizzlies may have gotten the best of the Warriors 108-90 on Saturday, but the Dubs now return home and appear to have survived the Curry injury scare.
Plus, they keep making jaw-dropping plays. At least Curry had one thing to be happy about this weekend.
No. 5 – San Jose Sharks: The San Jose Sharks have lost five games in a row. So why are they so low on this list? Well, they have actually managed to pick up points in four of those five losses. On Sunday, the Sharks lost 5-4 to the Winnepeg Jets in a shootout.
They coughed up three different leads in the game. If there is a bright side, it’s that Dan Boyle appears to be back in the swing of things after his scary injury. He scored two goals in the game, but couldn’t put the puck in net during the shootout.
Three to see: (A palate cleanser)
If you’ve made it this far, clearly you have some time on your hands. Here are three stories that you simply must see:
— At least none of the Bay Area teams lost to the previously 0-8 Jaguars. Former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker was none to pleased after his Tennessee Titans were upset by the winless team at home.
“It’s disgusting. I’m disappointed. I’m embarrassed,” Walker told Titans writer Terry McCormick. “A team that’s 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, that’s 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on.”
— This GIF is everything that is right with the internet. On Saturday, an LSU fan’s bizarre T-Rex celebration was caught on camera. The internet rose to the occasion and turned it into something simply epic. If that doesn’t cheer you up, I don’t know what does.
Play of the Week: The crazy Hail Mary by the Cincinnati Bengals was pretty cool, but this catch by Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was unreal. Oh, by the way, the Raiders have to contend with Johnson and the Texans next week.
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