Ron Agostini: Reading time, two minutes

ragostini@modbee.comNovember 8, 2013 

Reading time, two minutes:

• Never made the connection until last week's 49er game: Wilbur "Moose" Thompson, the Modesto-raised Olympic shot put gold medalist in 1948 in London, is the grandfather of third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

• It drizzled on the 49ers Sunday, just like it rained on Moose in '48.

• Moose graduated from Modesto High and Modesto Junior College before he went to USC. McLeod, from San Francisco, played at both UCLA and Sacramento State.

• Thompson's UK karma still exists. McLeod is 2-0 this season in London — one win with the 49ers, the other with the Vikings.

• The Wembley Stadium crowd needs work on its wave. Improvement might come with three more NFL games next year.

• The Boston Red Sox won their first World Series at home since 1918, the year before they traded Babe Ruth. They had to win it three times over the last decade before they once-and-for-all lifted the Ruthian curse.

• The 49ers are getting healthy, and Kyle Williams is updating his résumé.

• Most NFL teams would have beaten the Seahawks last week in St. Louis. For the 49ers, encouraging news.

• The Raiders' Terrelle Pryor sprinted 93 yards to the house last week against the Steelers. Matt Flynn does that only in his dreams.

• Who wins a sprint between Pryor and the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (Turlock), you ask? Take Pryor. But Kaepernick reaches the end zone more often.

• The Cowboys protected Dez Bryant after last week's snap because the boss (Jerry Jones) personally drafted him. And coddled him. And built the JerryWorld stadium. And is all things Cowboy.

• The best felony-theft win last week was a tie between Fresno State-San Diego State and Lions-Cowboys.

• Not surprising: NBA Commissioner David Stern was treated like a messiah at the Sacramento Kings' home opener.

• The Golden State Warriors smoked the Lakers by 31 while Kobe Bryant watched. The new normal?

• Want to see an underdog team fighting the good fight? Check out MJC tonight against unbeaten American River, ranked No. 3 in California.

• One of Northern California's Co-Defensive Players of the Week was College of San Mateo's Pio Vatuvei (Patterson) for his four sacks last week against City College of San Francisco.

• The other Defensive Player of the Week was Merced's Success Chandler for his seven tackles, four sacks and, we'll add, his very cool name.

• The definition of a great fan: The late Scott Entsminger, who loved the Cleveland Browns, requested six Browns pallbearers for his funeral in July so "they can let him down one last time."

• Wyoming fired its defensive coordinator after losing 51-44 to San Jose State. Memo to Wyoming: Quarterback David Fales has made many teams look bad.

• Allen Iverson retired this week, four years after his last NBA game. In truth, the NBA retired him.

• My favorite Iverson memory: The night he rocked the Kings for 46 (2001).

• U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach, one of the most high-profile athletes on the planet, married her girlfriend. No one noticed. Progress.

• About the power of the NCAA Tournament: USC hired its new coach (Andy Enfield, ex-Florida Gulf Coast) on the strength of two March Madness games.

• Sacramento hosted the USA Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2000 and '04. Its track bona fides, along with a $1.2 million new track at Sacramento State, has netted the 2014 USA Nationals.

• Update on Moose: He's 93, living in Long Beach, and has a proud grandson.

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

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