Chuck Hayes, Sammy Yeager, Ron Agostini, Gregg Popovich, David Stern, Paul Brogan, Brian Wilson, CA, Marvin Wilson, Mike McIntyre -- Reading time, two minutes:
It's a routine first-round game at Cosumnes River, and the Modesto Junior College Pirates are coasting through a routine night until they receive a visit from the Kings' Chuck Hayes (Modesto Christian).
Coach Paul Brogan's first question: Any eligibility left, Chuck?
The Amgen Tour of California has detoured Modesto for the second straight year. This time it has company the entire valley.
A feel-good comeback story: Sammy Yeager (ex-Modesto High) averaging 15 points per game for Cal State Fullerton.
NBA Commissioner David Stern was right to fine the Spurs $250,000. NBA fans paid at least as much to watch Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
I get it Coach Gregg Popovich's priority is his team, Stern's is the NBA. But have you heard of sending healthy players, potential Hall-of-Fame players, home?
I mean, the game in question was just a schedule-filler, some obscure nationally- televised affair with the defending champion Miami Heat and LeBron James. Who would watch, anyway?
Methinks Popovich's success has zoomed his hubris needle off the dial.
Some would say there is a reason for Coach Pop's hubris: His backups almost beat the champs.
Giants fans will miss Brian Wilson's 99 mph fastball more than they'll miss his beard.
Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in two years: Your silver-and-blacked-out Oakland Raiders.
Some free advice for Mark Davis and Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie: Don't fire Dennis Allen. The throw-'em-all-out-every-year cycle must end.
The keys to the kingdom for anyone who predicted that Stanford would go to the Rose Bowl the year after Andrew Luck leaves, or two years after Jim Harbaugh leaves.
Harbaugh's not-so-subliminal message during his press conferences: I'd rather be stampeded by 1,000 elephants than be here.
San Jose State's buzzard luck: Its best season in 25 years and the Spartans are assigned to a bowl 3,000 miles from home.
A moment to savor: SJS coach Mike McIntyre turned to the crowd at game's end last week and held up both hands with fingers outstretched one finger for each victory.
Sad but probably true: We'll gauge McIntyre's chances of returning to the Spartans at about 10 percent.
The Rubik's Cube is easier to solve than college football realignment.
Colin Kaepernick (Turlock's Pitman High) has been critiqued for his tattoos. This proves two things: 1. He's arrived on the big stage, and 2. His critics need new material.
Alex Smith is finished as a 49er until Kaepernick limps off and then Smith is THE INDISPENSABLE 49ER.
The late Marvin Miller changed sports forever, but he needed a brave and thankless warrior to wipe out the reserve clause forever Curt Flood.
Pundits predicted trouble for Scott Brooks (Lathrop) and the Oklahoma City Thunder without James Harden. Yes, they're struggling along at 13-4.
The Oakdale High Mustangs (13-1) advance to the NorCal final. And nemesis Del Oro is nowhere in sight.
Escalon beat Central Catholic twice (the last two years in the playoffs) but not thrice.
The Pirates posed with Hayes for a team photo and a season highlight.