Ron Agostini

January 24, 2014

Agostini 2-Minute Drill: Re-setting values about winning and losing

Humility in victory and grace in defeat – are they vanishing in our culture? The Bee’s Ron Agostini explains all in his weekly Two-Minute Drill.

Reading time, two minutes:

• I was struck by Jim Harbaugh’s refreshing big-picture take after the 49ers’ bitter loss at Seattle: “Not many people get to be in this arena.”
• His words carry weight, especially given the latest trends in our culture: Decreasing humility in victory and grace in defeat.
• Exhibit 1: Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks.
• It’s seen from the high school level and up: Merely celebrating with your teammates no longer is sufficient. Must throw in some taunting of a beaten opponent.
• Most coaches get it. Too many don’t.
• Can’t wait for another week of “The Richard Sherman You May Not Know.”
• Sherman graduated from Stanford, though there is no truth to the rumors the school is rechecking his transcripts.
• By the way, he was right: It was not smart for the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick (Turlock) to challenge one of the NFL’s premier corners.
• Also true: The truly great ones never have to say it or scream it to the masses.
• A survivor of the Cal Poly football team plane crash of 1960 died this week. Another of the 26 survivors: Former Modesto High coach Don Adams.
• The Modesto Junior College football team honored Sam Young with a photo to recognize his becoming the winningest coach in school history. Well-deserved.
• Enochs High ballplayers and students are wearing “Nox” T-shirts while English teachers shudder.
• The Yankees signed Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka for $155 million over seven years. Now comes the operative question: Can he pitch?
• The Giants answer with ... drum roll, please ... utility man Joaquin Arias for $2.6 million.
• The new super-agent is Casey Close, who closed the deal on both Tanaka and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. If you’re counting, the total was $370 million.
• The old super-agent making a comeback from substance abuse: Leigh Steinberg, the former workmate of Modesto product Jeff Moorad.
• Parents ship their athletic sons and daughters from school to school, sometimes from year to year. That’s the sad trend witnessed over the years by the out-going Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco.
• Fresno State signed coach Tim DeRuyter for five years. Job 1 for him: Finding the successor to Derek Carr.
• Ken Whisenhunt is the Titans’ new coach. His time with Arizona was instructional for all NFL coaches: Real good with quarterback Kurt Warner, not so good without him.
• We have a figure skating controversy. Must be time for the Winter Olympics.
• Still trying to figure out which PEDs Alex Rodriguez did not take.
• Steph Curry will start in the NBA All-Star Game. Haven’t seen a Warrior in the starting lineup since Latrell Sprewell in 1996.
• A 49er concern: Next year, Justin Smith is 36, Frank Gore is 31, NaVorro Bowman’s knee and Mike Iupati’s fibula are who-knows-what, and Anquan Boldin’s status is wait-and-see.
• Never again in the NFL after last week: Pass rushers quitting after jumping offside.
• The temperatures will dip into the teens on Super Bowl night in New Jersey. Not sure if Commissioner Roger Goodell will wear shirtsleeves.
• Desperately seeking valley angles: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who played and coached at Pacific, and Broncos tight end Julius Thomas from Tokay High.
• Known only to the most diehard prep fans – Thomas did not play varsity football for Tokay. He was a basketball star.
• Super Bowl food fight: Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch and his “Skittles” vs. Denver’s Terrance “Pot Roast” Knight.
• Sherman’s rant served one purpose: Escalating Seahawks-49ers for next fall.

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