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▪ The local high school football season has ended for most teams. Hope your memory bank is filled.
▪ The playoffs are fun, but: Except for the elite teams bidding for titles, the rest seems more like an anticlimax.
▪ Congrats to the Modesto Quarterback Club for another good season. It’s still a good place to talk football and hear from coaches.
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▪ The 49ers’ Michael Crabtree whined over not getting enough passes thrown his way. A diva wide receiver ... I’ll alert the media.
▪ A distinction: Crabtree usually chirps after losses, not after making clutch catches that save games.
▪ Crabtree, a free agent after this season, soon will be an ex-49er.
▪ Some losses grow worse over time. Such was the 49ers’ against the Bears.
▪ The Raiders (0-9) are approaching NFL infamy reserved for Detroit (0-16 in 2008) and Tampa Bay (0-14 in ‘76).
▪ Local Raider fans can tolerate another miserable season, but can they tolerate the team leaving Oakland?
▪ Even during sub.500 seasons, they entertain: Delta at Modesto Junior College today.
▪ Where the crew chiefs get fined while the drivers slug it out: NASCAR.
▪ The best comparison to the Giants: The San Antonio Spurs. Team. Team. Team.
▪ The late Alvin Dark will be remembered on both sides of the bay.
▪ Livingston-based Foster Farms takes over sponsorship of the former (Kraft) Fight Hunger Bowl. Pacific-12 and Big 10 teams will tee it up at Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 30.
▪ The team that might be in Santa Clara on that day: Stanford (5-4).
▪ Levi’s is getting ready for The Big One: Wrestlemania 31, of course, next March. A nice warmup for that other event: Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
▪ I’ve never seen a more lopsided 38-30 than USC over Cal. Will a Sonny Dykes team ever guard a receiver?
▪ The most telling World Series quote came from Madison Bumgarner: “Pitch counts don’t mean much to me.”
▪ Ryan Vogelsong on Bumgarner: “Bum has the cheat code to life.”
▪ The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has three Cy Youngs (and an MVP) and zero rings. Bumgarner no doubt prefers his zero Cy Youngs and three rings.
▪ Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t been named NL Manager of the Year since 1996. Doesn’t seem right.
▪ Just because: Aaron Rowand.
▪ Their first Big 8 Conference title and well-deserved: The MJC soccer women (18-1-2), ranked second in Northern California.
▪ Just when you think the Sacramento Kings have stepped forward, they blow leads of 24 and 26 points within a few days.
▪ LeBron James became the latest famous person to say he’ll push his children away from football. Sounds like people are eager to pile on.
▪ The Cardinals must replace Carson Palmer with journeyman Drew Stanton. Their lead in the NFC West is handy.
▪ Just a thought: Are the hard-to-watch NFL games out-numbering the good ones?
▪ Basketball season isn’t just on the way. It’s here.
▪ Loved that cell phone light show during Fresno State’s homecoming win over San Jose State – a beacon in an otherwise dim season.
▪ The Broncos’ Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian, Fresno State) returned four punts for 52 yards, including a 21-yarder and a 30-yarder called back by penalty against the Raiders. Must have enjoyed that hometown support in the stands.
▪ The MJC women golfers claimed the school’s first NorCal title since ... the cross country women last fall.
▪ Is it just me, or is most of the free world pulling for No. 1 Mississippi St. today over Alabama?
▪ About high school football: The wins and losses fade over time. It’s what you learn, and what you remember, that counts longterm.