Ron Agostini’s Two-Minute Drill: Hello, football season

08/30/2014 2:23 PM

08/31/2014 5:54 AM

Reading time, two minutes:

• High school and college football is under way while the NFL files out of the corporate boardroom in four days.
• The college season will end, for the first time, with a four-team bracket. The worst place to be in five months: No. 5.
• Texas A&M never will replace the charismatic, swashbuckling, Heisman Trophy-winning Johnny Manz ... oops. Never mind.
• The 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (Turlock) did not lead his team to a preseason touchdown. So concerned was Sports Illustrated, it put him on the cover with Russell Wilson.
• Not only did Zach Sudfeld (Modesto Christian, Nevada) make the Jets’ 53-man roster, but he already owns a cool nickname courtesy of coach Rex Ryan: Sasquatch.
• For all the problems the 49ers are having with their turf, we know this: Their grounds crew performs better than the Cubs’.
• Six-time All-Pro Logan Mankins (Mariposa) was traded to Tampa Bay this week while coach Bill Belichick called him “the best guard I ever coached.” Left unsaid: We’d rather trade veterans too early than too late.
• The all-time master of that strategy: Bill Walsh.
• Which brings us to the best exhibit at the 49ers museum at Levi’s Stadium: Walsh’s office.
• Here’s someone who’s not as comfortable as Belichick about the trade: Tom Brady.
• Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club members weren’t surprised when Atherton’s CiCi Bellis (15) won a match at the U.S. Open. She won the Modesto Junior Championship three years ago by shocking a ranked 17-year-old.
• Said club pro Mark Fairchilds: “She’s got the it factor.”
• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, realizing how wrong the league was on domestic violence, signed off on stiffer punishments. I wish they’d just drop the word “domestic.”
•  The 49ers’ Aldon Smith, counting the five games he missed last season, will miss almost a season. This year will sting worse. He got paid in 2013.
• Why it still matters to watch the Modesto Nuts: The Rockies’ Tyler Matzek (2012), Jorge De La Rosa (2012) and Franklin Morales (2006), all who pitched at Thurman Field, started games last week against the Giants.
• Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes against Seattle. The way it’s gone for the Raiders at QB the last decade, that’s enough. Start him.
• Raider Nation has rendered its decision: The rookie! Now!
• Baseball is bracing for all those September callups. Prediction: Someone you’ve never heard of will hit a game-winning three-run homer for the Athletics.
• The Giants’ Tim Lincecum has been banished to the bullpen. Even Bruce Bochy’s patience has run out.
• Modesto Junior College coach Sam Young couldn’t choose between Friday night’s Week Zero opponents Willie Herrera (East Union) and Tim Garcia (Grace Davis). Both are ex-Pirates.
• DirecTV has added the SEC Network alongside the Big 10. I suppose it’s a dumb question at this point, but: Will it ever pick up the Pac 12?
• The least of Tiger Woods’ problems was former swing coach Sean Foley.
• ESPN apologized about making an issue over ex-St. Louis Ram Michael Sam’s showering habits. Question: Can everyone just get over this?
• The Sac-Joaquin Section has lifted its ban on firing cannons to celebrate touchdowns. Good correction. Anything that takes away from the excitement of Friday night is wrong.
• Bands still play after touchdowns in high school and college. Sounds like football to me.

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