Agostini: Reading time, two minutes

ragostini@modbee.comSeptember 13, 2013 

Reading time, two minutes:

• Colin Kaepernick — You know he's from Turlock, right? — has been named the 49ers' captain. All together: Kap is the Cap!

• If you saw Kaepernick yelling encouragement to his teammates before kickoff of the Super Bowl — the entire team surrounding him, listening — you figured this day was coming.

• Kaepernick's rocket-like ascension, Volume 355: Steve Young had it right. The 2-minute drill to decide the Super Bowl was Kaepernick's first.

• The moment the Ravens fell behind the Broncos Thursday night, they were finished. Somewhere, Jim Harbaugh seethes.

• Peyton Manning torched ex-Raider Michael Huff. Still, the Raiders were better with him than without him.

• In a headline, the Columbus Dispatch wrote that Broncos GM John Elway threw seven touchdown passes. Well, of course. "Elway" fit better than "Manning."

• Talking heads love that "he's on pace" gibberish, so: Manning is "on pace" to throw 112 touchdown passes.

• If I'm an AFC West team, I did not enjoy watching the Broncos' beatdown of the champs.

• Want to talk to Modesto's three-time Olympian discus thrower Suzy Powell? She'll answer all questions next Friday night at 6 o'clock at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus. It's free and open to the public.

• Volunteering a question: How many of her opponents over the years took performance-enhancing drugs?

• Sacramento State lined its coffers $635,000 to lose 24-0 to San Jose State and 55-0 to Arizona State — the Hornets' sequel to "The Sting."

• Cal raged about Northwestern's faking injuries last week, but didn't the Golden Bears start this three years ago at Oregon?

• If a Jared Goff-type talent arrived in Berkeley four years ago, Jeff Tedford still would be the coach.

• Heisman Trophy aside, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel acts not unlike any other spoiled rich kid.

• Most surprising result from last week: Washington's thumping of Boise State.

• Worth a look tonight: San Jose State at No. 5 Stanford.

• Recent history points to many touchdowns during Modesto Junior College's visit to Merced tonight.

• Women's tennis needs a new American star, and she's on the way: 10th-ranked Sloane Stephens, who reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open (lost to Serena Williams).

• From the age-is-a-number department: Diana Nyad.

• As the Giants finish, a little hope for 2014: Heath Hembree throwing heat and wearing Brian Wilson's old No. 38.

• No urgency, A's fans. The team's playoff fate won't be decided until Game 162, on the final pitch.

• Don't dismiss the career of the late heavyweight Tommy Morrison. He went 48-3-1 when heavyweights mattered.

• A full year later, and it remains a mystery: No agreement between DirecTV and the Pacific-12 Conference.

• The Modesto Nuts set a California League record for strikeouts while winning the second-half North race. When they put the ball in play ...

• Opening weekend usually means that Aaron Hernandez is televised ... as he scores touchdowns, not as he pleads innocent to a murder charge.

• The 2014 version of the message no NFL prospect wants to hear: "Coach wants to see you, and bring your iPad (playbook)."

• 49ers longsnapper Brian Jennings never made a mistake for 13 years. Replacement Kevin McDermott wants the same anonymity.

• Anonymity for Colin Kaepernick? Too late for that!

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

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