Ron Agostini

August 30, 2014

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

Football season has arrived with the beginning of the high school and college seasons. The NFL, the last holdout, gets under way in four days. The Bee’s Ron Agostini takes a two-minute look around the world of sports.

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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