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What I learned This Weekend in Sports

Bolts wish they had fans, Raiders lose by winning, Alabama isn't perfect and why we love sports.

Rich Herrera
November 19, 2018 - 1:06 pm

The Chargers lost "on the road" at StubHub Center.  Just when everyone was getting ready to jump on the Bolts' bandwagon, they laid an egg on Sunday in Carson against the Broncos.  I know it's a division rival, but it's almost not fair that the Chargers don't have a home crowd to root for them at crunch time.  But then again, they chose to leave San Diego on their own.  Has it popped into their owner's mind at least once, "I wish we had fans to give us a home field advantage like we used to have on Friar's Road?"

The reports of the death of the Cowboys' season has been greatly exaggerated.  How good are they? I don't know, but they ain't dead by any stretch of the imagination.  They are now 5-5 and a game behind the Redskins.  Are they playoff bound?  Maybe in such a questionable division that is wide open with the injury to Alex Smith of the Redskins.  How about them Cowboys!

The pain continues for Raiders fans with the W on Sunday.  Yeah, you won a game against the Cardinals.   What do they get for it?  They fell behind the 49ers for the number one draft pick.  Ouch!  Double ouch: the 49ers only get it because of a tiebreaker.  



The Alabama Crimson Tide are not perfect.  They are actually human.  What a story there could have been in college football had The Citadel been able to upset The Tide.  They had them tied at the half before Alabama woke up and beat them up in the second half.   Nick Saban has to love it.  He gets a win and stays number one, but has plenty to get on his team about.  It will keep Alabama humble and hungry which is bad news for everyone else.  

Speaking of college football, who are the teams we want to see in the playoffs?  Is there much difference between Notre Dame, Michigan, or Oklahoma, other than they will be speed bumps for Alabama to win another ring?

It was kind of sad watching the USC-UCLA game on TV.  Glad I had to be in the car to listen to the game on The Fan.  Bruins-Trojans is one of the best rivalries in college football.  There were so many empty seats on both sides of the Rose Bowl on Saturday afternoon.  I know Chip Kelly has a plan to win in Westwood, but I am not sure of the direction for the Trojans.  


And with the Sons of Westwood and Tommy Trojan down, it's opened up things for Wazzu, who had College GameDay come to town earlier this season, and now is ranked No. 7 in the country.  Mike Leach has gotten his pirate on in the Palouse.  

Finally, congrats to The Cathedral Catholic Dons on winning the San Diego CIF Open Division Championship on Saturday.  I have mentioned this on the air, that my son is a senior on the team at Cathedral this season.  

I have been around sports my whole life, working for many different teams and networks over the years.  I was part of an amazing run with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, that saw the team go from worst to first.  It was one of the best memories I thought I would ever have, until this year.  

As a parent, we all want what's best for our children.  We work hard and sacrifice to give them every opportunity to succeed.  When it happens, you are so full of joy for them.  In fact, you are happier for them than you would be for yourself.  I have witnessed special moments when an athlete shares the moment with their family after a big win covering games from coast to coast.  But to be that dad whose son is searching for you in the middle of the celebration is something that I have never experienced before in my life.  When I saw him pop out from the scrum of players celebrating, time stopped for just a moment.  The look on his face when we made eye contact, the things that popped into my head, fighting back from a concussion last year, the days he had to be at school for early morning workouts, the time we spent in the car driving to and from practice, talking about football and life and his dreams, and how much I love him, and how proud I am of him, all went running through my head in a nanosecond.  When he threw his arms around me and yelled "We did it Dad, we won!" was the greatest feeling anyone could ever have.  Moments like that are why we love sports, and that is what I am thankful for.