MODESTO — Reading time, two minutes:
Turlock's Colin Kaepernick is ranked 21st in the NFL in passer rating, 25th in passing yards but first in ... jersey sales!
As Kaepernick's numbers drop, the 49ers' wins pick up. Remember the good ol' days of the read-option?
Indiana never had beaten Penn State until sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) tossed two touchdown passes for the landmark victory last week.
Meanwhile, brother Zach Sudfeld started the week in New England and finished it in New York with the Jets.
The 49ers' Aldon Smith rehabs while he faces felony gun charges. A guess on his chances of returning to the team this season 20 percent and dropping.
More important than football, Smith needs a change in direction.
The Dodgers' formula for victory: A boatload of payroll and two ex-Giants (Juan Uribe and Brian Wilson).
Uribe, who's bounced back from tough times in L.A., could pick up his third World Series ring. Be happy for him, Giants fans.
And Wilson? Forget it. Burned too many bridges.
More misery for Cal fans: Washington State's 44-22 win marked the Cougars' biggest offensive production in the Pac-12 in 10 years.
Looking for a sequel to the blood feud between the 49ers' Jim Harbaugh and the Seahawks' Pete Carroll? Look no further than Washington's Steve Sarkisian and Stanford's David Shaw.
A portion of a concourse on the west side of Candlestick Park was yellow-taped due to a plumbing malfunction last Sunday. For a minute, I thought I was in Oakland.
Candlestick is falling apart, but did you know it has hosted more NFL playoff games (27) than any other stadium?
A thought after watching the enthusiasm of A's fans during the playoffs: Build the ballpark in Oakland, where it belongs.
Some A's fans blamed manager Bob Melvin for not starting Bartolo Colon in Game 5. Sorry, guys. You can start King Kong and lose if you don't score runs.
Not sure if Grant Balfour's tiff with Victor Martinez at the end of Game 3 factored into the final result, but it did change the mood.
Move over, Lew Wolff. You have a new A's co-owner Justin Verlander.
Verlander's confidence grew when he surveyed the A's dugout and did not see Pablo Sandoval.
Are Jets fans getting carried away about Geno Smith? They might even adjust their standard cheer: G-E-N-O Jets! Jets! Jets!
The Raiders made a $6.5 million mistake with Matt Flynn. Don't feel bad for him. He's pocketed $14.5 million the last two seasons, all for one sorry start.
About $100 million changed hands after that last-second touchdown in the Northwestern-Ohio State game. Would have loved to have been in a Las Vegas sportsbook when it happened.
ESPN's Game Day draws hundreds of college students at dawn for its Saturday show. How? Breakfast, a hat and a T-shirt for each kid.
Excuse me, did you used to be Eli Manning (15 interceptions, eight in the fourth quarter)?
The Raiders' torch at the Coliseum last week was lit by a Modestan former Raider star Lester Hayes.
Kaepernick and Peyton Manning are 1-2 in the NFL in jersey sales. Another common bond after this week: Both are represented by IMG.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter, @modbeesports.