Reading time, twominutes:
The Friday night lights shined like beacons in many valley towns. They illuminated some telling numbers.
High school football teams in California: 1,077.
Teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section: 154.
State finalists each year in Carson: 8.
Number of finalists from our neck of the woods last season: 2 (Oakdale and state champion Central Catholic).
Conclusion: If you think Stanislaus District football is not relevant, think again.
Hard to believe that the early-1980s staff at Grace Davis produced two coaches for whom stadiums are named (Dan Gonsalves at Johansen, Don Lanphear at Gregori).
Jim Harbaugh's words mean nothing. His actions mean everything: Scott Tolzien, the only quarterback not to take a snap during Game 3 of the preseason, was cut a few days later.
The NFL will pay $765 million to injured former players. Feels like hush money.
For each brain-slowed ex-player who won't trudge up to the witness stand to tell his sad story, the NFL feels relieved.
No longer for sale: NFL tapes celebrating and glamorizing vicious hits.
Send your thoughts to former Turlock High pitcher Tyler Murphy, who's been hospitalized since he suffered serious leg and hand injuries in a boating accident early this month.
Only a few months ago, Murphy tossed a no-hitter vs. rival Pitman to vault the Bulldogs into the section final.
Behind that leaky line, Terrelle Pryor is the Raiders' only chance.
Nice gesture by Cal to wear the No. 42 sticker honoring the late Chuck Muncie. Great running back.
Let's just assume Sonny Dykes' Cal debut against No. 22 Northwestern will not resemble Jeff Tedford's first game in 2002 (70-22 over Baylor).
About USC's 30-13 win over Hawaii: For those wagering a dime or two on the game, you screamed one way or the other when Hawaii scored with 30 seconds left.
Why the furrowed brow of Modesto Junior College coach Sam Young? Three Valley Conference opponents, plus non-league foe Butte, are ranked in the state top 10.
Seeking a second opinion: Did South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, a Heisman Trophy candidate, look out of shape? During the season opener?
The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig was benched this week. Guess Don Mattingly grew weary of the daily agenda: Not always on time, spectacular catch, horrific base running, clutch home run, show-up-your-opponent behavior, scary skill, dugout tantrums, etc.
Operative question: Will Puig's act inspire his team in the playoffs?
Football will be a handy smokescreen for the Giants fewer people watching those 1-run-on-9-hit games.
Take your pick on the Most Valuable Ex-Modesto Christian Star on Thursday: Fresno State's Isaiah Burse (13 catches, 118 yards) or Indiana's Nate Sudfeld (219 passing yards, 4 touchdowns).
Strange, considering the stats: Sudfeld did not start.
Fresno State's 52-51 win over Rutgers ended at 12:02 a.m. Friday. And I thought Midnight Madness was in October.
Had to admire Rutgers coach Kyle Flood for kissing off the tying extra-point kick: We've been out here 4½ hours, neither team can stop the other and my team's body clocks are ticking into the wee small hours. The game ends. Now.
A radio pundit had it right: If Allen Iverson played college football, he would be Johnny Manziel.
Every teenager who charged onto the field Friday night received a special gift a memory for life.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter, @modbeesports.