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A Case of the Mondays: Tummy trouble can’t stop the A’s, Kap’s trademark stolen, Raiders drive Jags to a dark place

Sep 16, 2013, 9:41 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 – Who’s sick to their stomach now?: The Oakland Athletics had tummy trouble in Texas, but the Rangers were the ones doubled over at the end of the weekend. The A’s swept the three-game weekend series with the Rangers after losing Sunday’s starting pitcher Jarrod Parker and outfielder Michael Choice to food poisoning. Yoenis Cespedes was also a scratch from the lineup on Sunday, but he was experiencing shoulder soreness. Even tainted Texas Toast can’t stop the A’s from winning the division now. They are up 6.5 games on the Rangers, and a second consecutive American League West title is so close they can taste it.

No. 2 – Johnny Manziel was the only one Kaepernicking this weekend: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may have both of his eyebrows after a one-sided loss to the Seahawks, but his trademark move was jacked. On Saturday, Texas A&M quarterback and known college football heel Johnny Manziel was seen “Kaepernicking” during a 49-42 loss to Alabama.

On Sunday, Kaepernick couldn’t find a chance to take back his trademark celebration or the end zone. He threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in the worst game of his career.


No. 3 – Driven to drinking Tebow?: The Oakland Raiders 19-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars may have driven fans of the Florida franchise into the waiting muscly arms of recently-released quarterback Tim Tebow. Why not? On Monday, Jaguars fans will be holding a rally in the parking lot of Everbank Field in support of signing Tebow.

Suddenly, you feel much better about your favorite teams. Don’t you, Bay Area sports fan?  The group, “JAGS-TEBOW WHY NOT ?” thinks they can appeal to both Tebow and the team’s ownership group by holding a 3:16 p.m. rally that will last three hours and 16 minutes.

Tebow 3:16. Get it?

source:  No. 4 – Air Woodson: This is the best Bay Area sports play of the weekend. Check out veteran safety Charles Woodson, as he takes flight to stop Maurice Jones-Drew from scoring a touchdown against the Raiders. 

Jones-Drew had a blocker — or so he thought. At 36, Woodson still has the hops of a teen gymnast on a jumbo-trampoline.

“Sometimes you have to leave your feet,” Woodson told our Raiders Insider Scott Bair. “He was trying to stretch the play outside and it looked like he was slowing down and wasn’t going to be able to get the corner and I just wanted to get to him.”

No. 5 – Bitter much?: Dodgers fans can’t even let Giants fans enjoy their final days as reigning World Series Champions. During Saturday’s game, loyal Giants fans braved the hostility of Chavez Ravine and proudly supported their team, by donning World Series ring hats. Giants fans love their headwear, and if you can’t settle on an fluffy animal, why not rep what really matters? Hardware. It isn’t enough to be up 15 games in the standings for the folks in La-La Land. They apparently made the Giants fans take off their hats because they were blocking the action. Don’t act like you’re actually trying to watch the game, Dodger fan. We see you on your phone playing Candy Crush and texting your BFFs the whole game. 

The Giants took 3 of 4 from the Dodgers, including a 19-3 drubbing on Saturday. Being down and out in the standings has no effect on this bitter rivalry.

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:

Hunter Pence can’t fathom links to Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds.

Here’s a clearly staged video of Kaepernick shaving his eyebrow after losing to the Seahawks.

— Even House Gryffindor didn’t have this many Griffins. Ever heard of Philip Griffin? How about Dez Griffin? No? Well, check out this hilarious ticker malfunction.

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