Two-Minute Drill

Agostini: Don’t worry about tackling, 49ers Colin Kaepernick

ragostini@modbee.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Reading time, two minutes:

• If the 49ers didn’t panic when Colin Kaepernick barreled almost head-to-head into the Packers’ Tramon Williams, they should have.

• Look at it this way: Do you want Colt McCoy deciding the 49ers’ season?

• Williams intercepted a Kaepernick pass, which ignited the former Pitman star’s warrior-competitor side. Might be one of his best traits, but future discretion is advised.

• Brace yourself for Kaepernick-vs.-Cam Newton, the Sequel. The original went 10-9 Panthers. We predict more points this time.

• Dismiss the background noise: The 49ers probably are favored by a few points that are covered by the Carolina homefield. Pick ’em.

• The NFL fined the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for not speaking to the media this season. To him, just a few boxes of Skittles.

• Bobby Petrino was hired by Louisville. So much for any shame left in collegiate athletics.

• Ric Flair’s pep talk helped the 49ers last week in Green Bay, but Packer fans are outraged. They’re lucky. It could have been the Undertaker.

• Flair, a longtime Panther fan, probably did not anticipate Sunday’s matchup. Nature Boy didn’t do his homework.

• Sacramento’s Urijah Faber gets another UFC bantamweight title shot against interim champ Renan Barao on Feb. 1 in New Jersey. Which affirms what was on the line last month when Faber beat Modesto’s Michael McDonald.

• All glory is fleeting, Volume 32,321: Alabama’s AJ McCarron loses his last two games, and girlfriend Katherine Webb walks.

• Too good to pass up: Webb is an Auburn grad.

• Thought he outplayed Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston: Running back Tre Mason, Auburn.

• Catching up on the Rose Bowl: Stanford sophomore defensive lineman Aziz Shittu (Buhach Colony) saw some action.

• The Rose Bowl was the scene for two classics in Michigan State-Stanford and Florida State-Auburn. Especially enjoyed the absence of mirrored helmets.

• Dennis Rodman wants to be taken seriously about his North Korean “diplomacy.” He forgot the old rule: You forfeit all credibility when you marry Carmen Electra. Or when you wear a wedding dress.

• Alabama’s Nick Saban has hired Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator. From now on, Kiffin is Coach Teflon.

• Baseball leaves the Hall of Fame judgments, and all that PED-induced ambiguity, to sports writers. Here’s our mess, media. You decide.

• Congrats to Grace Davis grad and former USC star Maria Sanchez, who teamed with Sharon Fichman for her first WTA doubles victory. Happened in Auckland, New Zealand.

• The Warriors won 10 straight and I guess by now it’s clear: Steph Curry is the NBA’s most lethal perimeter shooter.

• More would notice if the Kings weren’t 11-22: The notorious DeMarcus Cousins (23.5 ppg, 11.5 rb) actually is becoming a legit player.

• The Chiefs lose Jamaal Charles on the first series and blow a 38-10 lead. Still waiting for the football gods to smile on Alex Smith.

• Only because there’s loose matter in my brain: Christian Okoye, the Nigerian Nightmare.

• Has made some late-game clutch shots this season for Cal State Bakersfield: Matt Ratto (ex-Modesto Junior College and Ripon High).

• Raider owner Mark Davis is short-changing assistant coaches. Like father like son.

• Happy retirement to Santa Rosa Press-Democrat columnist Bob Padecky. Have fun, old friend, but stay out of Alabama.

• Redskins boss Dan Snyder wakes up in a cold sweat at 3 a.m.: I hired the wrong Gruden!

• Kaepernick passed for only 91 yards and was sacked six times by Carolina last fall. No wonder he says, “We owe ‘em.”

• Newton was drafted No. 1 in the 2011 NFL Draft while Kaepernick was 36th. More relevant numbers about Sunday: Kaepernick’s fifth playoff game, Newton’s first.

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

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