Case of the Mondays: Vernon Davis tackled in the worst way, Lights out in Sacramento, Hats off to Brent Burns
Dec 2, 2013, 10:23 AM PST
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 – The most terrible tackle: Something very, very bad happened to 49ers tight end Vernon Davis on Sunday. During a crossing route, Davis caught a ball and was dragged down by the family jewels.
To put it politely, Rams safety T.J. McDonald grabbed ahold of Davis’ genitals and wouldn’t let go. Despite immense pain, Davis still dragged McDonald about five yards. Horse-caller tackles and grabbing the facemask are illegal, but grabbing the groin area to make a tackle appears to be fair game in the NFL.
Davis finished the day with four receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers beat the Rams 23-13, but our 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco writes that Davis was still sore about that tackle after the game.
“I’m still thinking about it,” Davis said. “As soon as I got the ball, the guy was grabbing me, uh, there . . . in that space . . . in that area.”
Maiocco also had the tweet of the weekend…
…but on Monday morning, Davis stole all the Twitter thunder by proposing a rule change and making it absolutely clear what he meant by “in that area.”
Isn’t football the best?
No. 2 – Lights out at Sleep Train Arena: The power went out during the player introductions at Sleep Train Arena while the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors were getting set to compete.
Unfortunately for the Kings, the Warriors lit the place up with 15 three-pointers, which were just four less than the Kings attempted all night. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 36 points and Klay Thompson drained eight three-pointers.
The Warriors held on to win 115-113 and they finished their four-game road trip with a 2-2 record. Most importantly, they put the gut-wrenching loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder behind them.
The Warriors return home to Oracle Arena on Tuesday and the Kings will hopefully keep the lights on as they welcome the Thunder.
No. 3 – That’s just hockey: It’s going to take more than a “bloody” and “cloudy” eye to slow down San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton.
A puck deflected off his face during the Sharks 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. After a quick trip to the dressing room, Thornton returned with his eye nearly swollen shut and finished the game as if nothing happened.
It was a small issue for “Jumbo” Joe, writes Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz.
“It’s what hockey players do,” Thornton told Kurz. “They get bumps and bruises and they come back out.”
Meh. Eyes are overrated.
No. 4 – Cousins still won’t shake hands: Things like good sportsmanship and handshakes are apparently for winners. That might explain why Kings center DeMarcus Cousins won’t take part in them. The Kings are 4-11 this season and two of those losses recently came at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. Last week, Cousins dragged a teammate off the court to prevent a handshake with Chris Paul. On Friday, he left J.J. Reddick hanging. Classy.
No. 5 – Hats off to Brent Burns: After his first career hat trick, Sharks forward Brent Burns arrived home to find his driveway littered with caps. It was a pretty cool gesture from his neighbors. Burns’ three goals on Friday helped the Sharks exact revenge on the St. Louis Blues with a 6-3 win.
“There was a lot of stuff going on, especially with the history,” Burns said. “Two teams, we both feel we’re at the top of our game. So, it was big. It was pretty special.”
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