Last Thursday when I submitted my column, news started to leak that San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija had suffered a pectoral muscle strain, which will keep him out one month.
Little did we know that by Monday night, it’d be an injury brushed off by many. Not out of concern, but because two living legends, Madison Bumgarner and Stephen Curry, suffered injuries on Friday that could cripple championship dreams.
After that freaky Friday, it’s easy to drop your head and fall into a spell of depression, but let’s not do that. Instead, I want to take a snapshot at each professional franchise and give a positive take.
Everything is going to be alright, Bay Area sports fans! Now, let me sprinkle some positivity into your soul and help you get your mojo back, starting with that hockey team in the South Bay …
SAN JOSE SHARKS
The San Jose Sharks, the forgotten team in the Bay Area, are on a roll. Winners of their last eight games and four points behind the first place Las Vegas Knights with seven to play, the Sharkies are peaking at the right time.
Evander Kane — who was acquired on Feb. 26 from the Buffalo Sabers — has given the Sharks a huge jolt as they’ve gone 11-2 since he’s arrived, and 18-9-2 without future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton, who’s been out with an MCL injury to his right knee. “Jumbo” Jim should be back by the time the postseason rolls around, but the point is, the Sharks have demanded our attention.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
You must be wondering how I could muster up any good news about the Warriors, especially after Curry suffered a Grade 2 MCL injury to his left knee — one that could keep him out through the first round of the NBA playoffs.
However, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will all be back within the next 10 days. With the way Andre Iguodala, Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston have ramped it up, the Warriors should be able to hold down the fort until Curry makes his return.
Don’t think for a second the champs will bow out of the playoffs like chumps. It’ll their most challenging run under head coach Steve Kerr, but it’s a challenge the Warriors should be able to overcome.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Boy, the Los Angeles Rams are doing their best to thwart any momentum and good vibes circulating around 4949 Marie P DeBartolo Way in Santa Clara.
Ndamukong Suh just signed a one-year, $14 million dollar deal, pairing up with defensive player of the year Aaron Donald, as well as the cornerback duo Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.
On paper it’s frightening, and you have to wonder if Jimmy Garoppolo should line up in shotgun all game long to avoid the bruising hits from Suh and Donald. General manager John Lynch will work hard to shore up the interior of the offensive line, and with an NFL Draft coming up, he’ll use his resources with the Rams in mind to make the 49ers better.
No need to panic when it comes to the red and gold….
With Jon Gruden strutting around the Raiders facility again, the team has made a slew of moves this offseason. After a disastrous 2017, everybody associated with the Silver and Black has pressed the reset button.
Still a talented football team, and who knows, with a couple of tweaks, the Raiders may be hanging up an AFC West title banner this season.
I love the new treehouse in left field at the Oakland Coliseum, and the two Matt’s, Chapman and Olson, will provide A’s fans with plenty of thrills this season.
Oh, and Athletics Team President Dave Kaval will always make things interesting, especially when it comes to taking petty shots at the Giants. Hopefully, the organization can nail down a stadium location because the A’s know how to have fun.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Last but not least, the Giants. With a lineup that’ll be light years better than last season and a bunch of unknowns in the starting rotation, there is plenty of intrigue for a club lacking the services of two of their top three pitchers.
The Giants had a helluva Spring Training until the Samardzija and Bumgarner injuries, and hopefully they can tread water and stay afloat in the National League West. If they can do that, look out! Bochy and company have the makings for plenty of memorable moments in 2018.
Just think positive, Bay Area sports fans!
Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game can be heard from 12-3 on the Greg Papa Show. Born and bred in San Francisco, he is a sports junkie who loves to sit in the lab (home), eats breakfast food for dinner, and has a newfound love for tequila. Follow at your own risk on Twitter @BontaHill.