AGOSTINI: Former Ceres football coach connects District to Hall of Fame

ragostini@modbee.comMay 11, 2013 

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• Our fair burg still is connected to the rest of the sports universe. Another reminder came in Wayne Hardin's upcoming induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.

• Hardin coached the Ceres High Bulldogs in 1950 and '51 before his successful run at Navy.

• Hardin played for the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg at then-College of the Pacific.

• One of Hardin's running backs at Navy was former Beyer coach John Sai.

• Hardin's 1963 Navy team, which featured Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach — who often handed off the ball to Sai — was ranked No. 2 in the nation.

• Central Catholic's Ray & Rey Show has slowed to a walk-on: Ray Lomas will walk on at San Jose State. So will Vega at Nevada.

• Speculating about their collegiate potential makes for good conversation but what's the purpose? Together, they led CC to an overwhelming state title. Enough said.

• Thanks to the reader who pointed out the error in my column two weeks ago: That fake-the- intentional-walk caper the A's pulled on the Reds' Johnny Bench happened during the 1972 World Series.

• The Warriors and the Spurs each have won on the other's court. Sage observers say the series starts today in Game 4.

• The 2014 fallout from The Stephen Curry Story, regardless of what goes down the rest of the playoffs: The Warriors will be seen on national TV more often next year.

• Is Curry the best shooter of all time? Put it this way: He's on schedule to join the list with Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Mullin, Ray Allen, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Alex English, Gail Goodrich and Rick Barry.

• To Warrior fans, the most important body part in western civilization: Curry's sore left ankle.

• Klay Thompson should thank his parents every day. His father Mychal played 12 seasons in the NBA and his mother Julie played volleyball for USF.

• Adult Swim has announced an animated series featuring Mike Tyson. No biting allowed, even in cartoons.

• Mark Speckman, the former outstanding football coach at Livingston and Merced, volunteered a nugget during this week's Turlock Mayor's Prayer Breakfast: As a young coach, he applied for jobs at Ceres, Denair and Turlock.

• The Outstanding Athlete Awards (OAA) Banquet rolls out star power Wednesday night in Chuck Hayes and Bob Thomason.

• Counting Adam Scott at the Masters, four of the last six winners of major tournaments have used broomstick putters. And the PGA Tour thinks there's no advantage?

• The 49ers' new house will be named Levi Stadium. Does that mean Jim Harbaugh puts away his khaki pants?

• More reasons California community college football remains relevant: Two first-round draft picks in defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson by the Jets (Sequoias, 2009 and '10) and offensive lineman Kyle Long by the Bears (Saddleback, '10).

• Umpire Fieldin Culbreth was suspended two games for not knowing a basic substitution rule. Far worse: Angel Hernandez blowing Adam Rosales' game-tying home run twice.

• Oakland teams have been burned by the Immaculate Reception, the Snow Job and now the home run. Guess what: It just might be a conspiracy.

• The Giants would be more worried about Ryan Vogelsong (7.78 ERA) if he had not pulled out of a late-season slump last year.

• Seattle increasing its bid should not change the basic metric: The Kings have been loyal stewards of the NBA, wins or losses aside, for 28 seasons. And their bid is legit.

• Fifty years later, Sai's 1963 Midshipmen will be honored at the Air Force- Navy game on Oct. 5.

• Hardin is 86. Not related, but just because: Vince Lombardi would have turned 100 next month.

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