Here's the weekly sports wrap-up for the week August 12-19:
San Francisco 49ers - The Niners defeated the Raiders last night 26-21, and last Monday night lost to the Broncos 17-13. Last night's game saw good performances from QB Alex Smith (8/12, 106 yards, 1 TD) WR Ashley Lelie (4 catches, 57 yards, 1 TD) and rookie RB Thomas Clayton (10 rushes, 42 yards, 1 TD). However, the defense ran into trouble against Raiders RB Lamont Jordan, who had no problem running around the defensive line. 3 starters on the line did not play, and the second team played into the third quarter. Jordan had 67 yards rushing.
Oakland Raiders - The Raiders played well on Saturday night, lead by RB Lamont Jordan. He had 8 rushes for 67 yards and 1 TD. He lead the way on a 17 play, 77 yard, nearly 9 minute drive that ended with Jordan plowing his way into the end zone from three yards out. QB Andrew Walter ran into some trouble, going 9/16 with 78 yards and 1 INT. However, Dante Culpepper had a very good evening, going 6/8 with 75 yards and 2 TDs. Culpepper is angling to have the starting job come the season opener. SS Donovin Darius sat out the game with a calf injury.
San Francisco Giants - The Giants put together a pretty good week, going 5-3. Barry Bonds hit his 760th home run Saturday, after hitting 759 in Atlanta. The real story in San Francisco is, besides Bonds, is rookie Tim Lincecum. The rookie has a 7-3 record with an ERA under 4. He looks to anchor the Giants rotation for years to come. Indeed, it is the only thing Giants fans have to look forward to recently. The rotation is quite young, with Zito, Lincecum, Cain, and Lowry all under 30. Fred Lewis should be a fixture in the outfield for years, so Giants fans do have some bright spots in an overall disappointing season.
Oakland A's - The A's also had a good week, putting up a 5-3 record. However, they still are 12 games behind the division-leading Angels, and 10 behind the Mariners. Also for the A's, the pitching has been the lone bright spot. Danny Haren is a Cy Young candidate with a 13-4 record, and Chad Gaudin had been stellar before a recent slide. The rotation looks to get a boost this week when Esteban Loaiza returns from the DL to make his season debut.
California Golden Bears - The Bears open the season ranked #12 in the AP poll. They open their season looking for revenge against #15 Tennessee, who blew them out last season. The Bears have a Heisman candidate in explosive reciever DeShawn Jackson. More to come as their season unfolds
That's the wrap up for this week, please leave comments, I'm always looking for advice.