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N EW BRONZE SCULPTURES CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM STORE O on Daily: 1 0 am - 5 pm 217 tvlefro~oole Avenue Q With Jim Ferguson Sport Roumlup OK Dodger fans what the heck is going on? The National League West leading Dodgers have now lost 10 games in a row. They have lost 15 out of 16 games. They still have a 10 game lead over the Diamondbacks but the ship has a serious leak and manager Davey Roberts better figure it out quickly. These are the same Dodgers who since the begin- ning of June absolutely dominated the National League. Can it be the jinx of Sports Illustrated who featured the Dodgers on the cover with the title of "The Best Team Ever" be the cause of despair? The National League Wild Card looks to be between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. Both of those teams have swept the Dodgers in their last encounters. Even their Ace Clayton Kershaw got roughed up and couldn't complete five innings. Cross your fingers Dodger fans something has to change or else. The Angels split their wins and loses this week and didn't gain any ground on their quest to qualify for the American League Wild Card. The Yankees and the Twins are holding on to the two Wild Card spots with the Angels, Rangers, Royals, Orioles, Mariners and Rays in hot pursuit. If one of these teams gets hot they can fulfill their goal of reaching the playoffs. Speaking of hot the Cleveland Indians are currently on a streak of 19 wins in a row. One more win and they tie the record of 20 straight wins. The Dodgers should ask Cleveland what they are eating to be so successful. Two and a half weeks remain in the regular season and then it starts to get really exciting. Professional football started playing for real this past weekend. The Rams rolle.d over the Colts by a score of 46 - 9. Jared Goff had a great game throwing for over 300 yards and a touchdown. Couple that with two pick sixes and two rush- ing TD's and the Rams cruised to their first win of the year. The Rams will host the Washington Redskins this weekend at the Coliseum. The Chargers weren't so fortunate in their opener against Western Division rival Denver Broncos. The Broncs got Jim Ferguson out to a comfortable lead Columnist of 24 - 7 going into to 4th quarter. Two turn- overs by Denver were cashed in by the Chargers and tightened up the score to 24 - 21. Phillip Rivers drove the Chargers down the field and well within field goal ,range for rookie kicker Younghoe Koo. Koo split the uprights on his attempt and overtime looked in the cards. Unfortunately Denver had called timeout and the kick was void. On his next attempt the kick was tipped by Denver and the Chargers came up short by 3 points. This Sunday will mark the first home game against the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center. Attendance was disappointing in their first two pre season games but now that the are in league play hopefully the Stabhub will be rocking for a much needed win for the Chargers. USC showed their colors in soundly defeating Stanford. USC put 42 points on the board and lim- ited Stanford to 24. Heisman candi- date, Sam Darnold of San Clemente passed for 318 yards and 4 touch- downs to keep his name near the top of the Heisman race. The Trojans are clearly the favorite in the South Division of the PAC 12 conference. Also they benefit by not having to play either the Oregon Ducks or the Washington Huskies in regular sea- son play. They welcome the Texas Longhorns to the Coliseum this weekend. This will be f~eir first g~e against Texas since the 2006 Rose Bowl that ended in defeat due to Longhorns quarterback Vince Young's scamper into the end zone as time ran out. For those of us who remember that game the decision by then head coach, Pete Carroll to go for it on foarth down still haunts the Trojan fateful. The Bruins knocked off the Hawaii Rainbows by the score of 56 - 23. Josh Rosen after his heroics against Texas A&M showed why he is one of the better quarterbacks in the country by throwing for over 320 yards and five touchdowns. UCLA will travel to Tennessee this weekend and take on the Memphis Tigers. They are a three point favor- ite to remain unbeaten before con- ference play the following weekend. BISTRO CASUAL DINING ~ CULINARY FLAIR OPEN 5 DAYS = WEEK Thursday- Monday Brectkfcts 8-11ctm &" Dinner from Spin ALL YOU CAN EAT Thursday Prime Rib $27.95 Greg's crispy, juicy Sunday <,Fried Chicken $17.95 Locctted at ~:he Holiday Inn Resor~ 888 Country Club Drive FREE Shuttle at lower Catalina Ave. 310.510.FOOD (3663) == Scan for full menu at Our Quality of Service OlbQ~SQ Q,~IIX-- THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 i 7