Two-Minute Drill

Agostini's Two-Minute Drill: Kaepernick helps raise $310K for Camp Taylor

ragostini@modbee.comJune 20, 2014 

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Colin Kaepernick walks with the Camp Taylor kids before the start of the Camp Taylor and Colin Kaepernick "Against All Odds" benefit golf tournament at Del Rio County Club in Modesto on Monday, June 16, 2014.

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Reading time, two minutes:

• Colin Kaepernick’s “Against All Odds” fundraiser tournament at Del Rio Country Club raised $310,000, a jump over the $219,000 in the inaugural last year. The Camp Taylor kids say, “Thank you!”

• One year later, Kaepernick got more help from his sponsors, including a teammate on hand – fullback Bruce Miller.

• Kaepernick says his golf game is “not good.” Give him about a month, and he’d be a 5.

• About the unhappy 49er Vernon Davis: He knows his numbers probably will drop because of the team’s upgrade at wide receiver.

• The Raiders rave about Derek Carr’s arm strength. Makes sense. They haven’t seen an arm like his in years.

• The World Cup’s first two weeks – three games per day – are not unlike the first two days of the NCAA Tournament. For futbol fans, heaven.

• Either the fans in Brazil are louder, or they’re rejoicing over the absence of those infernal vuvuzelas!

• Americans loved the 2-1 win over Ghana. Just the right touch of thrills (Clint Dempsey’s game-starting goal), grit (Dempsey’s broken nose) and resilience (the game-winner by reserve John Brooks).

• Must have been a tough ticket: The Sacramento Republic soccer team, which had no problem selling out Hughes Stadium (capacity 20,311) moved into its new home (capacity 8,000) by Cal Expo on Friday night.

• Most fans understand that U.S. Women’s Open qualifier Lucy Li, 11, can’t be emotionally ready for such a spotlight. Then again, is John Daly?

• On the flipside: Leader Michelle Wie, after all she’s gone through, is most certainly ready.

• There was no drama last week, only the sheer brilliance of Open champion Martin Kaymer. No one’s been better on that stage since Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000.

• Rickie Fowler is improving, but: He should bag those Creamsicle clothes on Sunday. He might also consider winning something before he stamps rickiefowler.com on his cap.

• Woods returns to action next week. One change: No one fears him anymore.

• Longtime Giants fans did not exhult when the team led by 91/2 games. It’s June. They know better.

• Attention, East Coast: The Oakland Athletics own the best record in the majors. Just a friendly reminder from the folks in the hinterlands who trail the important people by three hours.

• You didn’t know Sam Goldman, 87, who died this week, but you would have loved him. He was a journalism teacher and sports information director who was the media’s friend at seemingly every Bay Area sports event. Save me a few butterscotch candies, Sam.

• Your almost daily Tony Gwynn highlight: And here’s the 2-1 pitch ... line-drive base hit to left.

• Gwynn, 54, died of cancer that he believed was caused by his chewing tobacco. It’s banned in the minors. Why not the majors?

• The Warriors ponder a trade of Klay Thompson and David Lee for Kevin Love. Make that move, Warriors.

• When a true team beats the true star: The Spurs.

• The Spurs played with a rage spawned during the 2013 NBA Finals, a classic wrong result.

• LeBron James says he’ll disclose his future plans after his vacation. Whatever he does, there won’t be a Decision II.

• The high school sports season officially has ended. Which means only one thing: Week Zero on Aug. 29!

• Just because I can’t wait for college football: Jack Thompson, Washington State’s Throwin’ Samoan.

• Ex-Cal coach Jeff Tedford will call plays on offense for Lovie Smith at Tampa Bay. May Tedford start as well as he did in Berkeley.

• Kaepernick says he’s “a lot more” cautious about the people around him since the incident in Miami. On the field, fans want him to be less cautious.

• Meanwhile, the Camp Taylor kids like Kaepernick just the way he is.

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

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