AGOSTINI: Still haven't gotten over loss of Modesto Relays

ragostini@modbee.comMay 18, 2013 

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Reading time, two minutes:

• Track and field coverage this week unearthed a sad truth: It's been five years since the last Modesto Relays at Modesto Junior College.

• How do you replace an event that produced 33 world records and brought joy and sports entertainment to Modesto for 67 years?

• Simple answer: You don't.

• The Amgen Tour of California wheeled from Livermore to Mt. Diablo on Saturday. When it was here, it was fun.

• There was racing on city streets with the 18th Family Cycling Festival and Harvest Moon Criterium. No one seemed to miss Lance Armstrong.

• The Kings' Chuck Hayes (Modesto Christian), who spoke at this week's Outstanding Athlete Awards Banquet, on the four reasons he defied the odds and carved out a career in the NBA: "1. I was prepared. 2. I was hungry. 3. My work ethic. 4. A little luck."

• That's how you parlay a 10-day contract into an eight-year ongoing career.

• Why Sacramento prevailed over Seattle: Sac had Mayor Kevin Johnson.

• What national talking heads apparently forgot: Three months ago, this result was viewed as impossible.

• Envision the best-case scenario for Sacramento: The Kings stay and the Maloofs sell. Perfect.

• Finally after nearly three years, attention no longer will turn toward Anaheim, Virginia Beach or Seattle.

• If I'm coach Keith Smart and GM Geoff Petrie, I'm not planning long-term in Sacramento.

• Judging by his appearance, he can't wait to walk out the door: NBA Commissioner David Stern.

• The Golden State Warrior fans, always the franchise's best asset, never were better than after the clinching loss to the Spurs.

• A red flag for the Warriors: Stephen Curry's ankles. Can they hold up over an entire playoff run?

• One local Warrior fan who likes the team's direction: Save Mart boss Bob Piccinini, one of the team owners.

• If present trends continue in LA, a possibility: Mike Scioscia fired by the Angels, Don Mattingly fired by the Dodgers, and Scioscia hired by the Dodgers.

• The Raiders' front office will miss the realistic and level-headed leadership of Amy Trask.

• Even to the overachieving Hayes, lessons can be learned from the late Ken Venturi. Hard to imagine anyone who overcame more.

• Why San Jose State softball is back: Modesto High graduate Amanda Pridmore, the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

• Memorial services for Brad Leslie will be held June 9, at 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

• About the late Cal and NFL star Chuck Muncie: In 1975, he rushed for three touchdowns, caught a fourth and passed for a fifth, the best Big Game performance I've ever seen.

• If more people missed the Relays, they wouldn't have ended. And caring about yesterday is just not fashionable.

• This just in: Some of those yesterdays weren't bad.

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