Case of the Mondays: History repeats for the Raiders, no ‘Joe Cool’ at the ‘Stick, brawls over shoes
Dec 23, 2013, 10:39 AM PDT
Welcome to A case of the Mondays. There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.
No. 1 – History Repeats Itself: The Oakland Raiders can catch the ball, but they can’t catch a break. On Sunday, it looked like receiver Rod Streater may have scored a touchdown to bring the Raiders within six points of the San Diego Chargers. The referees, however, disagreed. Raiders fans are understandably upset, but they should be familiar with the rule. Something very similar happened to Louis Murphy in 2009, and coincidentally, the Raiders were also playing the Chargers that day.
Raiders Insider Scott Bair has the full details of the non-catch, complete with the full rule cited by the officials. He also caught up with Streater, who thought he clearly should have been awarded six points.
“I thought I had a couple feet down and I made a football move into the end zone,” Streater said after Sunday’s 26-13 loss at Qualcomm Stadium. “I thought it was a touchdown, but the referees thought it wasn’t so you have to go with them.”
Streater also retweeted an image of the play sent to him by a fan.
No. 2 – Manning Up: There is good news, Raiders fans! Peyton Manning won’t break the single-season touchdown record against the Raiders next week — because he already did it on Sunday. Bad news. The Raiders have to attempt to stop their five-game losing streak against Manning and the Broncos.
Manning threw four touchdown passes against the Houston Texans to eclipse Tom Brady’s record of 50 touchdowns passes in a season.
At age 37, Manning has 51 touchdowns and 5,211 passing yards this year. The record is national news, but check out how Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker tried to hide the historic ball in his jersey. Even Manning isn’t too big for some good-natured ribbing.
No. 3 – Flynn down: Well, Matt Flynn hasn’t been on three different teams this season because of his pinpoint accuracy. On Sunday, he drilled a cameraman in the groin with an errant pass. Flynn and the Green Bay Packers probably didn’t feel much better than that cameraman. They lost 38-31 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game with a wild ending.
No. 4 – No more Joe Cool at Candlestick Park: Legendary quarterback Joe Montana may never return to the stadium that he called home during four championship seasons. Montana announced on Twitter that he won’t be able catch Monday’s game after he watched his son, Nick, start in the New Orleans bowl. 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco has the full details.
No. 5 – Posterized: Even the ceiling couldn’t hold LeBron James when he posterized Ben McLemore. The ruthless jam took place on Friday night, as the Miami Heat defeated the Sacramento Kings 122-103.
After the game, James acknowledged that images of the devastating dunk may soon be pinned to the bedroom walls of his biggest fans. He wasn’t gloating, though. He is a caring King, after all. It turns out that James and McLemore are tight.
“Sucks that it was him, too,” James said. “I like him. I’ve been talking to him since he was in high school.”
We’ll see how much they talk now. The postgame wheelbarrow routine probably didn’t make any of the Kings players feel better.
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:
— It gets even better for the two-time defending champions. Dwayne Wade proposed to girlfriend Gabrielle Union over the weekend. Of course she said, “YES!” Look at this ridiculous diamond.
— The new Jordans may have made everyone jump higher and run faster in this brawl. This is just one of the many ugly incidents that occurred during the launch of the Air Jordan Gamma Blue 11s. They’re just shoes, people!
— You should probably watch this Chicago Blackhawks holiday video.
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