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A case of the Mondays: Raiders lost without Pryor, Pence paid, all aboard A’s bandwagon

Sep 30, 2013, 10:07 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. 

source:  No. 1 – The Raiders did the right thing, got the wrong result: The Raiders protected starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor and held him out of Sunday’s game after he suffered a concussion earlier in the week. They did right by their young quarterback after mistakenly leaving him in the game following this shot to the head last Monday.

With Pryor on the sideline, the Raiders coughed up a 14 point lead and lost 24-14 at home to a beatable Washington Redskins team. Backup quarterback Matt Flynn proved to be a massive downgrade from Pryor.

Raiders insider Scott Bair didn’t pull any punches when assessing Flynn’s performance.

He was sacked seven times, threw a pick-six and lost a fumble in Raiders territory. Unacceptable. His play also proves the Raiders right for starting Pryor in the first place.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen wasn’t much kinder in his assessment.

“Matt didn’t play well and we have to move on,” Allen said.

No. 2 – Hunter Pence got paid: By now, everyone has heard about Hunter Pence’s new five-year, $90 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. Perhaps the most fascinating dynamic of the deal was that it was being negotiated in front of everybody in the Giants’ clubhouse on Friday night. That’s certainly something you don’t see every day.

“They’re about to get back to me, seriously,” Pence told Giants insider Andrew Baggarly, after Giants president Larry Baer left the clubhouse. “So we’re either really close or really far away.”

It turns out they were indeed really close. Pence signed on the dotted line the following morning. Pence played in all 162 games this season. He hit .283 with 27 home runs, 99 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Those numbers are fine and all, but he deserves every penny of that $90 million for this.

No. 3 – All aboard the A’s bandwagon: Take a stroll outside. There sure are a lot of people wearing green and gold. With the Giants’ season officially over and the A’s postseason soon to begin, the casual Bay Area fan is once again taking part in its seasonal migratory ritual. The excitement and passion that a trip to the postseason brings is what we’re all about. It’s just funny that a group of these fans couldn’t recognize a player if he shared a common dining area with them.

Sonny Gray will be more recognizable soon. The rookie pitcher finished the season 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA and looks to be a lock to make the A’s postseason rotation.

No. 4 – Those Giants always have to find a way to upstage the A’s: We’ll take your sewage and raise you a clubhouse fire. NBC Bay Area reported that a dryer caught fire in one of the clubhouses at AT&T Park on Saturday night. The San Francisco Fire Department was dispatched around 9:00 p.m. to put it out. No one was injured in the incident and it was believed to be a small fire.

It has been a strange year for the Bay Area’s baseball venues.  A car was lit on fire at the Oakland Coliseum, a hovering DeLorean crashed in McCovey Cove, and there’s no need to mention the sewage again.

No. 5 – There are simply no words that can adequately describe this man’s awesomeness: Seriously. I’m not even going to try. Just watch the video.


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:

Andrew Bogut pranked Stephen Curry during Warriors media day. He then proceeded to mess with the rest of his teammates.

— Most Giants fans probably won’t dig it, but the Dodgers did the coolest fan appreciation promo ever.  A personalized voicemail greeting by legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.

— After allegedly playing rock-paper-scissors to determine who would get a goal line carry against the Raiders last Monday, the Broncos running backs were at it again.


— Play of the week? The Seattle Seahawks improved to 4-0 by beating the Texans in overtime. Earlier in the game, they did this.


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