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The NFL will count them, pennant races sizzle and high school and college football hits overdrive. Warning: Sports overload ahead.
Just asking: Why do no-huddle prep teams keep running plays at warp speed while they're protecting a slim lead in the fourth quarter? Any thought given about using some clock and keeping your defense off the field?
While the Dodgers and Giants again clutch each others' necks this weekend: Brian Johnson's famous home run happened 15 years ago.
Brandon McCarthy's horrific injury underlines the obvious: Baseball is a hard game played by hard men.
Here's a get-well to one of the Modesto Nuts' most devoted fans Cliff Meyer.
New coach at Fresno State (Tim DeRuyter) but still the valley's team: WR Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian), K Quentin Breshears (Pitman), OL Cody Wichmann (Mariposa) and NG Andy Jennings (Pitman).
The 49ers game plan: Keep the ball away from the Packers and Aaron Rodgers and, at some point, some shock value from Jim Harbaugh.
We're guessing some of that shock will be authored by Colin Kaepernick (Pitman High).
Many people believe Andy Roddick underachieved. We think he carried the torch of American men's tennis, virtually by himself, for a decade.
There's no other place to start with the Raiders their first full season without Al Davis.
When you're attacking the right problem (Bountygate) but overreach: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Looking for an American League Manager of the Year? Look no farther than the Athletics' Bob Melvin.
Why Week 1 is overrated: Buffalo 31, New England 0, to open the 2003 season. The Bills finished 6-10; the Pats lifted the Lombardi Trophy.
Why Yankees fans are hyperventilating: They've never blown a seven-game lead. Never.
Great names do not grow old: The Kings' Lionel Simmons, the L-Train.
Cleveland does hate someone more than LeBron James the late Art Modell, who moved the beloved Browns to Baltimore and won a Super Bowl there.
Modell's contribution to the entire NFL: Monday Night Football.
Walt Harris Sr. of Sonora died last month. Yes, he's the father of the former head football coach at Pacific, Pittsburgh and Stanford.
We're 99 percent sure Harris' last coaching job was at California University (Pa.) as offensive coordinator in 2010.
You know why it's sports overload? The Cal-Stanford game, scheduled for Oct. 20 (someone must be kidding), could collide with the ALCS and NLCS.
I'm not ready for baseball to bury the 30-year anniversary of The Play.