Two-Minute Drill

Ron Agostini: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers brace for frigid Green Bay

ragostini@modbee.comJanuary 3, 2014 

Reading time, two minutes:

• Colin Kaepernick’s three major goals Sunday against Green Bay: 1. Keep hands warm, 2. Hand ball off to Frank Gore, and 3. Turn Aaron Rodgers into a spectator.

• This just in: It gets cold in Reno, where Kaepernick played for four years.

• When Kaepernick’s Nevada Wolf Pack shocked Boise State in 2010, the temperature dropped into the 20s by game’s end. Not Green Bay-cold, but give or take a few degrees, what’s the difference?

• The 49ers named Anquan Boldin as their MVP. My choice: NaVorro Bowman.

• Bowman has performed at a higher level the last two years than Patrick Willis. Who could have predicted that?

• Columbia’s first-year basketball coach Rob Hoyt performed important duties the last few months ... as a flag carrier at 49er games!

• Elementary football: Stanford power vs. Michigan State’s green wall. The wall won.

• Still a mystery: Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney is a 22-year-old former pro baseball player. The ball had to be in his hands on fourth down.

• Stanford coach David Shaw has led the Cardinal to records of 11-2, 12-2 and 11-3. A dunce he’s not. Stubborn? Yes.

• Stanford’s fifth-year seniors went 54-13. Remarkable, given the state of the program before Jim Harbaugh.

• Alabama tumbled from a possible third straight national title to stunning losses to Auburn and Oklahoma. Nick Saban’s “process” is not perfect, after all.

• Can’t criticize Fresno State’s Derek Carr for his struggles in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC. He carried the Bulldogs all season.

• Fresno Bee columnist Marek Warszawski got it right about FSU: The Bulldogs weren’t as good as we thought, but they weren’t as bad as USC made them look.

• Bowl teams that truly cared about their games: USC and Arizona.

• Teams that apparently didn’t: Alabama and Arizona State.

• It’s OK to dream: Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was a high school coach only seven years ago.

• About Monday night’s title game: Auburn is Cinderella with a punch. Destiny points to the Tigers and their inverted wishbone.

• From obscurity to front and center on all NFL draftboards: Blake Bortles, quarterback, Central Florida.

• Vin Scully, the grand marshal of the Rose Parade, wore a blue coat. Not surprised.

• The 100th Rose Bowl reminded everyone why the rest of the bowls pale in comparison.

• Ex-Fresno State coach Pat Hill was fired as offensive line coach with the Atlanta Falcons. Probably had something to do with Matt Ryan getting sacked 44 times.

• Hill will find work. Ex-Cal coach Jeff Tedford, after one year off, resurfaced as offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith at Tampa Bay.

• The Raiders are smart to keep Dennis Allen. All coaches deserve at least three seasons.

• Then there are the Cleveland Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski after one. The Browns haven’t won a division title since 1989. Connect the dots.

• From the hard-to-believe dept: The Chiefs have won only three playoff games in the last 43 years. The last Chief QB to win was ... Joe Montana.

• Almost lost in the chaos of the holidays: Calaveras’ Kyle Gouveia shattered a backboard with his slam dunk vs. Sonora.

• File Gouveia’s smash under “Send It In, Jerome!” Google it, kids.

• The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is ready to move from Las Vegas to near Disney World after 2014. In related news, Mickey Mouse just KO’d Elvis.

• The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig twice has been arrested for reckless driving. Sort of like how he runs the bases.

• The Giants signed power-hitting but slow-footed leftfielder Michael Morse. Somewhere, centerfielder Angel Pagan intensifies his workouts.

• Washington State’s Mike Leach strategized the Cougars into a bowl loss to Colorado State. Maybe he worked too hard on his book about Geronimo.

• The last three Super Bowl champions launched their playoffs on Wild-Card Weekend. Watch closely.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeSports.

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