IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: The NFL machine returns; ‘97 Giants honored – California News

IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: The NFL machine returns; ‘97 Giants honored – California News

NFL FOOTBALL BACK: Get ready for total consumption starting this weekend. The pre-season games are here! Will the 49ers really be a better team? Can the Raiders reproduce the magic of last season? We begin to get a few of the answers now. Don’t judge the season by the weeks ahead. When it begins for real we will finally have some answers. However, great to see the game back.

MY LIFE SUCKS: Jim Plunkett is a native of San Jose. He starred for James Lick High School, Stanford, and then the NFL. Two Super Bowl victories and the Heisman trophy are part of his brilliant past. However, now, he exclaims, “My life sucks. It is no fun being in this body right now. Everything hurts.” As a standout, he was always accessible to his fans. However, he took many hard hits. And now, at 69, amidst 13 pills per day, he laments how it all turned out.

TEAM REMEMBERED: Last Saturday night the Giants honor the 1997 team. Nothing expected but everything achieved. Western Division Champions of which little seemed likely. However, that year they get it done. J.T. Snow, Brian Johnson, Shawn Estes, Barry Bonds and others honored. Closer Rod Beck is remembered posthumously. Many say it was the beginning of the Giants coming back into competition in the National League. Was it the beginning that led the team to 2010, 2012 and 2014? Great ceremony.

SWEET AND SOUR: The Panda is back. Pablo Sandoval remarkably returns to the Giants. To pave the way, he must admit he, “always loved and appreciated the Giants organization,” and that he had “learned his lesson” after a bitter departure 2 1/2 years ago. However, he starts the big seventh inning rally with a double, goes 1-for-3, and the Giants…

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