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▪ The late B.B. King had the perfect song for the 2015 Warriors: “Let the Good Times Roll.”
▪ A different kind of call-and-response: When King sang, he never played Lucille. And vice-versa.
▪ It’s becoming simple to read the Warriors: If their threes are splashing, they win.
▪ Warrior fans booed Floyd Mayweather this week. Loud crowd ... and good judges of character.
▪ The Giants’ Monte Irvin, 96, will enjoy his trip to the White House next month more than the World Series ring he received.
▪ Wanted in Oakland: a bullpen.
The Modesto Nuts slumped early, then won last four series.
▪ The Outstanding Athlete Awards Banquet this week drew about 500 to the SOS Club. The OAA sustains its momentum.
▪ Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson told the crowd what his father told him: “It takes a second to get in trouble and a lifetime to get out of it.”
▪ Roy Green, the former All-Pro receiver for the Cardinals, defined “discipline” thus: “It’s doing whatever you need to do, whenever you need to do it, whether you like it or not.”
▪ Green and Dickerson were a tandem at the OAA. Another thing: They enjoyed their best NFL seasons in 1984.
▪ Tough news for OAA open division winner Vince Wheeland (Turlock High and Oklahoma State): Shoulder surgery may scuttle his budding pro career as a pitcher.
▪ Didn’t realize this: Oakdale icon Norm Antinetti, the Darell Phillips Coaches Award honoree, said the Valley Oak League has won more Sac-Joaquin Section titles in the fall than any other section league.
500 Attendance at Wednesday’s 48th OAA dinner
▪ Classy move by former Modesto Junior College football coach Sam Young, who retired to make room on staff for successor Rusty Stivers.
▪ From the passage-of-time dept.: Chuck Hayes (Modesto Christian), who turned virtually nothing into a 10-year NBA career, is a free agent.
▪ Want to know more about Chuck? Catch up with him – and his upcoming basketball camp at Big Valley Christian – in Sunday’s Bee.
▪ Tom Brady has filed an appeal against his four-game suspension. Prediction: It will be cut at least to three.
▪ Why? Because the Patriots are scheduled to play the Cowboys ($$$$$$$) on Oct. 11.
▪ The Patriots didn’t cooperate with investigators while Brady dismissed Deflategate. Such attitudes led to the punishment.
▪ Still true after all these years: The coverup gets you every time.
▪ The NFL’s overall message to the Patriots: Play by the rules. Now.
▪ I’ll assume Roger Goodell is no longer on Patriot boss Robert Kraft’s Christmas card list.
▪ Javon Kelly, in his only football season as a Downey senior, had 105 catches, 1,565 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2009. He died last week. 23.
▪ Keep Kelly alive by following his lead: Push out of your comfort zone. See what happens.
▪ Troy Tulowitzki said he will not demand a trade from the Rockies. From here: He’s leaving in play a polite request.
▪ Rickie Fowler won The Players and fulfilled all that promise. He’s no longer rickiefowler.com.
▪ Not sure what was more impressive: Fowler’s five piped tee shots with his driver at 18, or his five of six deuces at the island 17th.
▪ The Modesto Nuts’ slow start is history. They’ve won their last four series.
▪ Prime time guy: The Nuts’ Correlle Prime with three game-winning final at-bat RBIs.
▪ Likely changes for college basketball, all of them overdue and good: The 30-second shot clock, fewer timeouts and fouls for flopping.
▪ Bet that crowd at Oracle would have rocked to “When Love Comes To Town.”