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Field of Links: Warriors, Sharks put Bay Area back on winning track

Nov 13, 2013, 9:54 AM PST

The Warriors helped put the Bay Area back in the winner's circle. (Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

The Bay Area was in a bit of a funk. After Stanford’s huge win over Oregon last Thursday night, all of the main sports teams simultaneously hit a skid. The San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, San Jose Sharks, Golden State Warriors, and the football teams of the California Golden Bears and San Jose State Spartans were all held winless over the past four days.

Then on Tuesday, the Warriors and Sharks put the Bay Area on their backs and stopped the skid.

The Warriors snapped their brief two-game losing streak with a 113-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Stephen Curry’s left foot injury is clearly a thing of the past, as he led the team with 25 points and provided us with yet another ridiculous highlight reel play. Our SportsNet Central editors must love the Warriors. They do stuff like this every time they hit the court.


— San Jose Sharks fans had to be in disbelief when Joe Thornton’s shot off the elbow of Brad Stuart went into the net for a game-winning goal in overtime against the Calgary Flames. The goal snapped a five-game losing streak for the Sharks and it was Stuart’s first goal in 65 games. As our Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz notes, the Sharks had played past regulation five times in the last six games and had two overtime goals waved off in that span.

Take a deep breath, Sharks fans. Overtime goals do exist. Here’s visual proof.

The Sharks players may have won on the ice, but their public relations team won on Twitter. Bravo. *starts a slow clap*

— Some golfers in Mexico were part of a moment that redefined the term water hazard. After an errant shot into the bunker, a crocodile grabbed a 58-year-old man by the thigh. His buddies had to club the croc with golf clubs and eventually run it over with a golf cart before the beast would let go. Chubbs Peterson would be proud. Winning!

Field of Links:

— A site called Football As Football has created European soccer logos for all of the NFL teams. Your thoughts?

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This MMQB article on former NFL receiver Sam Hurd makes Aldon Smith look like a boy scout.

— Now that the Warriors are back on the winning track, you can check out where they and the Sacramento Kings stand in our NBA Power Rankings.

Mop boy gets an earful from NBA referee Joey Crawford.

Mike Vick now runs a website that showcases custom cars.

Coaches can be bullies too.

Witness the single greatest celebratory dance in the history of hockey.

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