We're rested and refreshed after a three-year vacation, but cleaning off all this dust will take a while. Nevermind. Let's rock like it's, well, 2012.
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What's next for Erin Cafaro, Modesto's first two-time Olympic gold medalist, you ask? I'm guessing an ultra-marathon or triathlon.
First, it was Turlock's Ali Cox, an Olympic silver medalist rower. Then, it was Cafaro. Who jumps into the boat next?
Cafaro hiked Modesto's Olympic gold medal count to five. Be proud, Mo-town.
A dead heat on best nickname at the Olympics: South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner," and gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas, the "Flying Squirrel."
If pushed, we lean toward "Blade Runner." It's all too real.
Don't miss McKayla Maroney in the vault. Bad toe and all, she flies about two feet higher than the rest.
And we're told Michael Phelps (18 career gold medals, 22 medals in all) sluffed off in his training this year?
Ryan Lochte overplayed his act, but his 11 career Olympic swimming medals are second only to Phelps.
Lochte's biggest mistake was his date of birth, much like Phil Mickelson versus Tiger Woods.
Missy Franklin (four golds) still swims for her high school team. Think she'll own some intimidation points?
While praising Phelps, remember Carl Lewis: 10 track and field medals, nine of them gold.
More love for Lewis: Four straight Olympic golds in the long jump. Outrageously great.
Historians took note of Galen Rupp's silver in the 10,000 meters. It's only the USA's third-ever medal in that event and the first since Billy Mills' shocking victory in 1964.
And when the anthem for Serena Williams' gold medal reached "our flag was still there," it flew away!
The Athletics' 13 walkoff victories give them a chance to beat both Texas and the Angels in the AL West. Of course, everyone predicted that.
The A's trade of catcher Kurt Suzuki looked like a salary dump, until: He was batting .218 with one home run. Johnny Bench he was not.
Wait until Pablo Sandoval returns to the Giants lineup. Then we'll find out if they're better than the Dodgers.
Attention, high school football fans: 19 days away from Week 0.
Fresno State's transition from Pat Hill to Tim DeRuyter (pronounced De-Rooter) will not be as difficult as the Bulldogs' switch to a no-huddle spread offense.
The final word on Hill from a grad: He gave the Bulldogs a legit identity and corrected some major academic wrongs. Hard to find fault with that.
Team USA basketball rallied from behind for a five-point victory over Lithuania. Sorry, LeBron and Kobe, they'll be no more talk about beating the Dream Team.
The late Joe Paterno's fall from grace trumped Woods'. No one got hurt with Tiger, other than his image.
No one has logged more bus miles in the California League than Modesto Nuts manager Lenn Sakata. If you need directions to Lancaster, Adelanto or Visalia, he's your man.
The Olympics coincided with the opening of NFL camps. I'm relieved. Stressing over that sixth-round draft pick's hamstring injury would have ruined the summer.
Give credit to the NFL. No one sells non-games better.
Hot dogs, ice cream and apple pie were served at Graceada Park for Cafaro's gold-medal party in 2008. Soon, we'll party again.
Just double the order.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2302.