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▪ The Raiders finish 8-8 and the 49ers 6-10. That’s my call. You may sue me.
▪ Rosy offseason hopes always are part of the Raider culture. This year there are legit reasons. Going 8-8 would be a five-game improvement.
▪ The big “if:” Derek Carr must stay healthy.
▪ From here: This is not the Raiders’ last season in Oakland.
▪ Too many issues to count, but: It would be nice for someone from Oakland to put a proposal on the NFL table.
▪ Why the Raiders are at the mercy of forces they can’t control: Mark Davis is not a deep-pocketed NFL owner.
672,354 The Sacramento River Cats’ nation-leading minor-league attendance
▪ The only thing working in the 49ers’ favor: No one – no one – expects them to be important this season.
▪ If the 49ers don’t beat the Vikings on Monday night – and the 49ers are two-point underdogs – the 49ers might start 0-5.
▪ Colin Kaepernick (Pitman High School) barely played during the preseason. He’s the first mystery to be solved.
▪ Modesto Junior College’s reward for knocking off American River – an appointment Saturday at San Mateo, the nation’s top-ranked team.
▪ The high school coaches’ No. 1 responsibility on a sizzling Friday night – plenty of water on every bench.
▪ College football – like saying hello to an old friend.
▪ It is an embarrassment of wealth at Ohio State when you have three super quarterbacks and No. 3 (Braxton Miller) is an All-America wide receiver.
▪ The local blue ribbon goes to Indiana senior Nate Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) for his 349 passing yards in a 48-47 win over Southern Illinois. Too bad Sudfeld can’t help his defense.
▪ First runner-up: San Jose State freshman Frank Ginda (Pacheco High) for his four tackles against New Hampshire.
▪ Second runner-up: College of Idaho quarterback Teejay Gordon (East Union, MJC) for his 342 passing yards and three touchdown passes in a loss to Pacific (Ore.)
▪ Third runner-up: Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner (Central Valley) with 201 rushing yards in a win over Western Oregon.
▪ Fourth runner-up: Stanford’s Aziz Shittu (Buhach Colony) with two tackles and six assists in a loss to Northwestern.
▪ Remembering the late MJC Hall of Fame inductee Victor DiGiovanni, a basketball star for the Pirates in the mid-1950s and later for Cal Poly.
▪ DiGiovanni was All-City in New York and played at Madison Square Garden. Today, he never would have gone west to a JC.
▪ Fun at Raley Field: The Sacramento River Cats led all minor-league teams in attendance (672,354).
▪ New Britain (Conn.), Colorado’s Double-A team, lost its franchise to nearby Hartford but not before a walkoff hit in its farewell game ... by former Modesto Nuts star Jordan Patterson.
▪ Collapsing to the end: The Nuts finished a season-ending five-week slump ... by blowing a six-run lead at Stockton on Monday.
▪ The Rockies still will take note of: Modesto’s Cal League Pitcher of the Year Antonio Senzatela and All-Stars Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia (league-leading 166 hits).
▪ Don’t blame former Atlanta Falcons linebacker John Rade for missing MJC’s 35-year reunion of its unbeaten 1980 team. His flight was canceled.
If the 49ers don’t beat the Vikings on Monday night – and the 49ers are two-point underdogs – the 49ers might start 0-5.
▪ MJC assistant coach Ron Gross (Yuba) played against the Pirates in 1980. His team lost 37-0.
▪ Roger Federer, 34, appears ageless, and three of four U.S. Open women’s semifinalists are 30 and older: Where’s the next generation?
▪ The NFL often treats its players like indentured servants, but: The Seahawks are right to keep Kam Chancellor hanging. He signed a four-year contract 15 months ago.
▪ Just because: Lincoln Kennedy.
▪ The unmistakable message from Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, the Patriots and their fans Thursday night: Deal with it.
▪ Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium probably will be held without the Bay Area teams. It’s OK. Boo Roger Goodell from your living room.