Agostini: Reading time, two minutes

ragostini@modbee.comOctober 25, 2013 

Reading time, two minutes:

• I didn't know it was possible for a team to notch 45 first downs in one game until Modesto Junior College did it last week at Sequoias.

• The numbers MJC accrued made sense — in a Madden game.

• There's no truth to the rumors that Colin Kaepernick (Turlock) will add a tattoo of the Union Jack if the 49ers beat Jacksonville in London.

• A hurricane must have blown through northern Florida, given the state of affairs at Tampa Bay and Jacksonville (a combined 0-14). But how did it miss No. 2 Florida State (6-0)?

• Attention, ESPN: The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski is back on the field. Back off the breathless minute-to-minute coverage.

• The latest numbers on Fresno State's Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian): No. 5 in the nation in punt returns (16.9-yard average), and 34 catches for 386 yards and two touchdowns.

• Burse's career: 5,096 all-purpose yards, third-best in school history. With 733 more yards, he'll break the single-season record held by Bernard Berrian (Atwater).

• With each win by 15th-ranked Fresno State (6-0), the louder the whispers about coach Tim DeRuyter leaving for a fancier address.

• California community college baseball stands tall at the World Series with Boston's Jonny Gomes (Santa Rosa), Quinton Berry (Grossmont) and Daniel Nava (San Mateo) and St. Louis' Rob Johnson (Saddleback).

• Grambling State's tradition runs too deep for anything less: Either find the money and treat the team right, or quit.

• The Warriors replace Jarrett Jack with Andre Iguodala. A net gain.

• The Cardinals' Michael Wacha is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in the postseason. Guess that Angels' compensatory draft pick for Alex Pujols has worked out OK.

• A world record for toxic body language: Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti and manager Don Mattingly at this week's press conference.

• The Giants overpaid for Tim Lincecum until you add two factors: What he means to the Giants' box office, and what he means to the team's mojo.

• Another thing: If the Giants didn't sign him, he would be striking out S.F. hitters in Dodger blue.

• The Dodgers' insufferable sense of entitlement aside: Their crippled lineup still extended St. Louis to six games.

• The Dodgers nearly blamed Mattingly for not reaching the World Series. Reminder to L.A.: The Dodgers haven't even gotten there since 1988.

• Cal will wear Don James stickers in memory of the late Washington "Dawgfather" tonight. It's a gracious gesture. James' Huskies beat the Golden Bears 12 consecutive times.

• The Steelers (2-4) and the Raiders (2-4) meet Sunday. Yes, the 1970s were a long time ago.

• The Heat's injury-ravaged Greg Oden logged four minutes in a preseason game, his first action since 2009. By the way, he was drafted higher than ... Kevin Durant.

• The Patriots' Bill Belichick whined over a call that cost him a game last week vs. the Jets. The NFL's sympathy level for Belichick: 0 percent.

• Some perspective to MJC's 76-point total last week: In another JC game, Redwoods beat Mendocino 69-66 ... in regulation ... while the Mendocino QB passed for 796 yards ... and lost!

• The worse job these days in football: Defensive coordinator.

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

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