Ron Agostini: Modesto-area prep football teams ready for practice

08/08/2014 7:46 PM

08/08/2014 7:47 PM

Reading time, two minutes:

• High school football practice starts Monday or, at a few schools, it kicks off with “Midnight Madness.”
• The season opens with Week Zero games on Aug. 29. A sad reality: Most of the regular season will be conducted in 90-degree heat.
• Why such an early start? Gotta make room for the monthlong playoffs.
• Also starting next week: Football practice at Modesto Junior College, which won its first road bowl game in 33 years last fall.
• The relevant takeaways from the 49ers’ first preseason game: Carlos Hyde looks like an ideal successor to Frank Gore, and Colin Kaepernick must – MUST – stay healthy.
• Other important things learned Thursday night: None.
• All those empty seats around the NFL are a silent protest to one of professional sports’ great frauds – season-ticket holders forced to pay top dollar for practice games.
• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was skewered for going soft on Ray Rice’s punishment. This doesn’t bode well for the 49ers’ Aldon Smith.
• Goodell hopes the Raiders and 49ers can share Levi’s Stadium while the Raiders work out their stadium issues. That will happen when giraffes do the backstroke and dragonflies sack Kaepernick.
• More bad optics: All those cheers Rice received from Ravens fans.
• More encouraging: The A’s Lew Woolff has talked to an architect about building a ballpark adjacent to the Coliseum. A good beginning to the right idea.
• Anyone who thinks the Spurs’ hiring of assistant coach Becky Hammon isn’t important isn’t paying attention.
• The Modesto Nuts’ season is growing more historic with each passing day – for all the wrong reasons.
• The Nuts’ Matt Wessinger popped a three-run homer on the same night his former St. John’s double-play partner – the Giants’ Joe Panik – stroked three hits.
• Loved the description of the Oakland Athletics as “goulash.” No one is sure about all the ingredients or how it all came together, but it tastes great.
• Update from Cal: Brothers Matt and Aaron Cochran (Buhach Colony) are not atop the depth charts on the offensive line. Bet they’ll play more than a little bit this season as the Golden Bears retool.
• Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond, the M in Run TMC, must have been good. His teams lost far more games than they won.
• How I remember another Hall of Fame inductee Sarunas Marciulionis: His opponent makes his drive for the basket and – poof! – Marciulionis is racing down the court with the ball after his signature sleight-of-hand steal.
• Tim Lincecum’s desert mansion in Arizona is for sale. He’s asking for $4 million and the 8 mph he’s lost on his fastball.
• Tiger Woods couldn’t dodge the pain this week at the PGA. Same goes for those who watched him.
• Fierce 5 gymnast McKayla Maroney did a cartwheel and a flip before tossing the first pitch at a White Sox game last week. She was impressed.
• Landon Donovan will retire at the end of the MLS season. My hunch is that he won’t send a Christmas card to Jurgen Klinsmann.
• Nothing says “college football” quite like South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier needling opposing coaches before the season.
• The A’s, Giants, Dodgers and Angels all could reach the playoffs. Never happened before in the same season.
• Turlock MMA star Lewis Gonzalez (9-0) tries to stay unbeaten tonight in Las Vegas. He’s bucking tall odds. No one stays unbeaten in Vegas.
• Biogenesis boss Tony Bosch and nine others were arrested. And you thought ballplayers quit using PEDs?
• The Rams’ Michael Sam made his NFL debut Friday night. The earth kept spinning.
• Only because it’s August: Former Raider preseason star Kenny Shedd.
• Prep football players can’t wait for practice – until the running starts.

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