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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Mike Bush: Let’s talk NLDS, Blue Devils, Aggies and Kings

Random thoughts in 609 words.

*One of two things will happen at the time you’re reading my column. The San Francisco Giants will have beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series on Tuesday, thus earning a spot in the NL Championship Series.

The other is the Dodgers win Game 4, and both teams return to the Bay Area for Game 5 of the NLDS that will be played on Thursday.

If you’re an avid Giants fan like me, who loves the black and orange, or a Dodgers fan who bleeds blue, we can admit that the NLDS series between the two California rivals has been fun to watch.

*Not one but two homecoming football games are taking place in Davis this week.

On Friday, the Davis High football team welcomes the Pleasant Grove squad out of Elk Grove in a Delta League game at Ron and Mary Brown Stadium. Davis (0-3 in the DL, 0-6) and Pleasant Grove (1-3, 3-4) have records that, to them, could be better. But the Blue Devils and Eagles should be focused and ready to go in three days.

In the years I’ve worked as a journalist and media, one thing I’ve seen at football homecoming games; most times, the host teams usually rises to the occasion and give their fans a good game. A win adds more icing to the cake.

*On Saturday, UC Davis football welcomes Northern Colorado in a Big Sky Conference play at the UC Davis Health Stadium. As you probably figured out by now, yes, the Aggies will also be holding their homecoming game.

One of the things important for the Aggies is getting back on the winning track after Idaho State posted a 27-17 win that stopped UC Davis five-game winning streak on Oct. 9. UC Davis is 5-1 and 2-1 in the Big Sky Conference action.

Another important item for Aggie football fans. Saturday’s game starts at 5 p.m.

*Make an important note of this date right now. As in pause from reading my column, secure the date in your cell phone and return to reading my column.

The 67th annual Causeway Classic between UC Davis and Sacramento State, which will close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 20, will start at 1 p.m., also at UC Davis Health Stadium.

*Let us return to the discussion of high school athletics.

Davis High teams that are looking at the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are volleyball, boys and girls water polo, boys and girls cross-country and girls field hockey. In upcoming weeks, Lev Farris Goldenberg, who has been covering the Blue Devils field hockey team, and I will be attending as many pivotal Delta League and section playoff games and meets as possible.

*Time to make a prediction.

Two days after Thanksgiving, both the Davis High boys and girls cross-country teams will compete at the California Interscholastic Federation Cross-Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. That date is Nov. 27.

*The bye week comes at the right time for the San Francisco 49ers, who are 2-3. Do I really need to say more?

*In May 2006, I was at the Sacramento Kings’ last home playoff game, as they played the San Antonio Spurs, when I worked for a different publication.

Can the Kings break that skid of missing the playoffs in a decade and a half this season?

Like I’ve been telling people about the Giants-Dodgers in the NLDS one pitch and one inning at a time. In the case of the Kings, it’s one possession, one quarter and one game at a time. Let’s see what the Kings’ record is going into the NBA All-Star Game, which is next February.

— Contact Mike Bush at mike@davisenterprise.net. Follow on Twitter: @MBDavisSports.

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