David White

There’s a bright side to sports. Even the Raiders, if you think ahead

Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford has led the Bulldogs to 10-4 and 12-2 seasons with one Mountain West Conference championship and bowl victories over Houston in the 2017 Hawaii Bowl and Arizona State this season in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford has led the Bulldogs to 10-4 and 12-2 seasons with one Mountain West Conference championship and bowl victories over Houston in the 2017 Hawaii Bowl and Arizona State this season in the Las Vegas Bowl. Fresno Bee file

Captain Positive Thinking here, reporting for duty.

We know, you were looking forward to another installment of “Your Team’s a Tire Fire and Then You Die.” But we’re giving the Village Curmudgeon a day off, and bringing you a column full of rainbows, unicorns and gum drops.

Botox City, here we come:

Fresno State football – Our deadline couldn’t wait to see if the Bulldogs beat Boise State on the blue turf for the first time since ever.

Nevertheless, you can rest easy knowing this: Bulldogs coach Jeff Tedford has done an amazing job for his alma mater. We keep writing it, even if no one has the reading comprehension skills to notice, but this is a really good team – good enough to not need a top-25 rating to settle the matter.

If they lost to Boise State, this has still been a really good season. If they actually won in Boise? Best team yet, and we’ve been watching this show since the Freedom Bowl.

Oakland Raiders – So you won’t take last week’s advice and abandon your Raiders before they abandon you.

Try this idea on for size: let Mark Davis take his franchise to Las Vegas, and keep your Raiders at the same time.

Remember when Art Modell took his Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore, back when Pat Hill was an assistant there under Bill Belichick? The city sued to keep the Browns namesake, and won. Modell had to change the name to the Ravens and the Browns ended up being the Browns again.

Get a lawyer. Keep the Raiders brand. Wait for the NFL to award you a franchise down the road, and be the Raiders forever more.

Golden State Warriors – Your team has lost eight games in the first 23 tries. The 2015-16 version lost nine games all year.

So what? Your Warriors are still the best in the NBA, no matter what the Western Conference standings say. The difference is, Golden State has made the regular season meaningful again on a day-to-day basis. You don’t have to wait until May to get all worked up.

Welcome back to the everyday grind of sweating out fourth quarters on Tuesdays.

San Francisco 49ers – Sorry, the Botox just wore off. We’ve got nothing for you, other than we are absolutely positive that your ownership has no idea how to handle domestic violators.

Wait! We did get the word positive into that sentence.

High school football – The Big Boys from Clovis and Fresno get all the college scholarships, but look at who’s still standing for this week’s state finals?

Little ol’ Central Valley Christian and Strathmore. In a prep world dominated by the City Slickers That Be, we love to see the country kids four-wheel drive their way to the title game.

Fresno State men’s basketball – A two-point loss to Miami. An eight-point loss at nationally ranked Texas Christian.

These Bulldogs aren’t eight games removed from the Rodney Terry Era, and already they are in great danger of becoming a very watchable basketball team.

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