Ron Agostini

April 18, 2014

Agostini: There’s plenty of Modesto Nuts mascots

The Modesto Nuts already have two nutty mascots and are adding a third.

Reading time, two minutes:

• The Modesto Nuts are adding a third mascot, a Pistachio, to go along with Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut. Funny, but I liked Peanut.
• Perhaps the Nuts are setting up a trade – two mascots for a left-hander.
• The stories about Michael Vick being attacked by a pit bull were false. Too many karma fans out there.
• The 49ers’ offseason can’t get more rocky. Where are the actual games when you really need them?
• Why the 49ers are stuck in a jam with Aldon Smith: If they cut him, they’ll soon get beat by him.
• The moral code in the NFL: Win.
• The 49ers face a season without Smith and the injured NaVorro Bowman. They’ll draft accordingly.
• Acquiring Matt Schaub is a plus for the Raiders. Any upgrade at QB is a plus.
• The perfect headline this week by a Bay Area newspaper: “All done, Smith?”
• College athletes’ unionizing may not be the answer, but it has spurred a debate and long overdue action.
• Why has it happened now? Because there’s too much money being pocketed at the expense of athletes.
• Why has it happened now, Part 2: Because football playoffs start next season, which means more waterfalls of cash.
• The Masters ended with Bubba Watson’s 366-yard cut-drive around the corner at 13. Amazing.
• Watson could have blown it all by hitting between trees and over the pond at 15. But that’s why he’s Bubba.
• Augusta National “Tiger-proofed” its course only to create the ideal venue for power-hitting lefties.
• The Masters went on without Phil Mickelson and Woods for the first time in about 20 years. TV ratings dropped. But the future looks good with Jordan Spieth.
• A new face on the mound at Cal: True Freshman Daulton Jefferies (Buhach Colony), 2-3 with a 3.10 ERA.
• And a veteran face at 13th-ranked Oklahoma State: Senior Vince Wheeland (Turlock), All-Big 12 last year, 1.02 ERA in 17 appearances this season.
• New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will try to push the minimum age from 19 to 20. Good idea for colleges and the NBA.
• Some say that would infringe on a young player’s rights. No, it doesn’t. Players have numerous international options these days.
• Not many have noticed – maybe due to his on-court behavior – but the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins might be the NBA’s most improved player.
• The next step for the Kings: a point guard who can pull all those moving parts together.
• Two coaching Mikes who should be updating their résumés: Woodson of the Knicks, D’Antoni of the Lakers.
• Two hard-working former NBA players, both well-liked around the league, who are making major impacts as coaches: Kevin Ollie of NCAA champion UConn and Scott Brooks (Lathrop) of the Thunder.
• The A’s keep winning while their closer, Jim Johnson, struggles with his new team. Overall, a good sign.
• Just because he was tough and my brain needs uncluttering: former Raiders running back Pete Banaszak.
• This week’s blood moon was well-timed for the start of the Warriors-Clippers series. Could get nasty.
• In this corner, David Lee. In the opposite corner, Blake Griffin. Protect yourself at all times.
• The Giants hit OK on the road, not so much at home. Nothing new there.
• The Giants’ Ehire Adrianza has a rare opportunity for a young big-leaguer: He’s on a roster with a starting spot (second base) available.
• In case you didn’t notice, the rivalry still sizzles: Dodgers-Giants.
• Here’s how new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin can make friends immediately – by landing Bishop O’Dowd power forward Ivan Rabb.
• The Nuts have started slowly. This much is known: It wasn’t due to a shortage of mascots.

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