Bay Area Sports PreviewThursday, October 13, 2016 14:00
New column — weekly Bay Area sports preview.
First Weekly Bay Area Sports Preview
While the Bay Area comes to grip with the stunning defeat of the San Francisco Giants in the MLB Playoffs following their ninth inning collapse against the Chicago Cubs, there are plenty of events that will keep Bay Area fans going over the course of the next few weeks. Hockey fans are able to once again enjoy all of the exciting San Jose Sharks action that takes place at the SAP Center. Coming off a season that saw the Sharks make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before they eventually fell victim to the Penguins, the expectations are high in the Bay Area for this team. Led by Head Coach Peter DeBoer, the Sharks are looking to build off of their first trip to the NHL Finals.
Another bright spot in Bay Area sports has been the resurgence of the Oakland Raiders. The team is currently sitting in first place in the AFC West as they get ready to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Jack Del Rio has been a risk taking coach since the opening game of the NFL season, and the payoff has been great for this team. Star Quarterback Derek Carr has been one of the NFL’s most accurate passers during the first month of the season, and his favorite target in the early going has been Michael Crabtree. The receiver is regaining the form that he had coming out of Texas Tech which made him a first round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers.
Speaking of the Niners, the news surrounding the team has primarily focused on Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem in a sign of protest against police injustice. While the backup quarterback has yet to have an impact on the field, that should all change this weekend as the Niners hit the road to take on the Buffalo Bills. Blaine Gabbert has been less than impressive for first year Coach Chip Kelly, and Niner fans are hoping that Kaep will be able to regain some of the post-season magic that took the Niners to a Super Bowl a few years ago. Two coaches later, the Niners are still trying to get that mojo back.
The Warriors take on the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Portland Trailblazers before they tip off the regular season against the San Antonio Spurs on October 25. All eyes will be on the Warriors’ big three of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson as the trio looks to build off of last year’s record setting regular season. With Durant, the Warriors are looking to regain their position at the top of the NBA, and his play with the team will be a fascinating case study on the way that power shifts quickly in the NBA. The Warriors’ explosive offense will be must-see TV for Bay Area fans.
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