Wondo Wins Again
The theme song to the San Jose Earthquakes’ season should go as such: “There’s only one, Wondolowski; one Wondolowski; walking along, singing his song, walking in a Wondo’ Wonderland.” Chris Wondolowski got off to a sluggish start in the San Jose Earthquakes’ season opener, a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, but the 2010 Major League Soccer Golden Boot winner found his form against FC Dallas last week by capitalizing on two opportunities in a 2-0 win. The 28-year-old late bloomer, who emerged to become one the league’s best in just the last couple of seasons, has now scored the club’s last 12 regular season goals dating back to last year. Propelling the Earthquakes (1-1) past the visiting Seattle Sounders—owned in part by Drew Carey—on Saturday night would be just another chance to showcase Wondo’s talents.
Spring Time for Hockey
It’s remarkable just how far the San Jose Sharks have come from where they were three months into the season. A six-game losing streak to kick off the New Year had many fans wondering what the hell it would be like without playoff hockey in the spring. Oh, ye of little faith. The Sharks buckled down and are now tied with the Detroit Red Wings for second place in the Western Conference. In addition to being able to gain a home ice advantage up until the conference finals, now San Jose also has the delightful opportunity of ending some seasons here in the final two weeks. All of the Sharks’ next three opponents are playing for their playoff lives, beginning with the hated Dallas Stars at 7:30pm Thursday. The Anaheim Ducks enter the Shark Tank on Saturday, followed by the LA Kings on Monday. It’s officially OK to start letting those fragile hopes up again.
SaberCats Licking Chops in Return Home
For the thousands of people who went to Vegas and bet on the San Jose SaberCats going undefeated this season, last week’s loss at Chicago was a bitter pill to swallow. (You know who you are, you degenerate gamblers.) But the boys in green should be greeted with aplomb by the hometown fans Friday night at HP Pavilion when they take on the Iowa Barnstormers (1-1). The SaberCats (2-1) had trouble executing their offense last week, which was evident by quarterback Mark Grieb only throwing for a modest 279 yards. (Despite having half the length of a normal field to work with, those numbers are decidedly low.) Getting former Fresno State Bulldog Rodney Wright, a flanker and defensive back, involved early will be critical to San Jose’s hopes of sending the country bumpkins back home with an L. Wright was named the league’s Ironman of the Week after totaling 298 yards receiving and returning in a nail-biting victory over the Kansas City Command in Week 2. The SaberCats currently sit a half game back of Arizona in the Western Division.