AGOSTINI: Thoughts on Kap, Sudfeld, DeVito ...

August 16, 2013 

    alternate textRon Agostini
    Title: Staff writer
    Coverage areas: Sports
    Bio: Ron Agostini has served as a sports reporter and columnist for The Bee for more than 35 years. His stories and columns have won state-wide, regional and national awards and he's a board director and past president of the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association. He's a graduate of Fresno State.
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Reading time, two minutes:

• Top priority for the 49ers Friday night was Colin Kaepernick walking away healthy.

• From the 49ers' shrinking-margin- for-error dept.: When Alex Smith went down last year, Kaepernick was there. This year if Kaepernick goes down, good luck.

• Alex Smith after two games with the Chiefs, and the 49ers have seen this act: Smooth leadership, experienced hand, struggles to find wide receivers.

• Also true: Real 49er fans are rooting for Smith.

• The Patriots' Zach Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) caught a 2-point pass from Tom Brady and later made a juggling 22-yard touchdown reception Friday night. Can an undrafted free agent enjoy a better August?

• Further: Can anyplayer enjoy a better August?

• He's cheated and he insults your intelligence during press conferences, but: There's no better judge of talent in the NFL than Bill Belichick.

• The Raiders' Matt Flynn was sacked five times by the Saints. Flynn shouldn't take it personally. Smith got the same treatment in the Superdome two years ago.

• True freshman QB Jared Goff was named Cal's starter. From Marin Catholic to a date with Northwestern (Aug. 31).

• Name the four Cal quarterbacks who started in the Super Bowl. Answer near the bottom of the column.

• Stanford will retire John Elway's No. 7 on Nov. 7. Which means the last Cardinal to wear No. 7 will be ... sophomore defensive end Aziz Shittu (Buhach Colony).

• The Brewers edged the Diamondbacks in 10 innings in Game 5 to decide the 2011 NL divisional playoffs. Re Ryan Braun: Too bad you can't reverse that outcome.

• Update on the lower leg injury incurred by Fresno State's Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian): He's expected to be back on the field by the middle of next week.

• Maria Sharapova fired her coach Jimmy Connors after one match. Question: Why did she hire him in the first place?

• Sharapova: Very good player. Connors: Legend.

• A leftover from June: Downey High's Jana Osgood received the Model Coach Award from the CIF during the opening ceremonies of the State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.

• The Golden State Warriors are valued at $800 million, which has almost doubled since 2010. That's why Modesto's Bob Piccinini, one of the owners, is smiling.

• Charlie Manuel collected his 1,000th career win as a manager Monday. So pleased were the Phillies, they fired him four days later.

• Regarding the A's and the Rangers and Adam Rosales: I thought he was an infielder, not a ping pong ball.

• From The Bee's Jeff Jardine: The Giants during the first two innings (7) outscored the 49ers during the first half (6).

• How hot are the Dodgers? Danny DeVito and the beautiful people are back at Dodger Stadium.

• The Dodgers have put together the most torrid run by a team in 71 years, since Tom Lasorda was a teen-ager.

• About the Little League World Series: Making money off 11-year-olds — attention, ESPN — is just wrong.

• Quiz answer: Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, Vince Ferragamo and Aaron Rodgers.

• Nice statement by NFL fans in half-empty stadia. A month of preseason football is a waste of time. Unless you're Zach Sudfeld, of course.

• Our solution: One preseason game, then count 'em.

• Kaepernick has not yet campaigned through an entire season as an NFL starter. Durability is his next step.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter, @modbeesports.

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