San Francisco 49ers

Ron Agostini: 49ers-Raiders – like watching a car wreck

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▪ The 49ers-Raiders game on Sunday should be fun in a hard-to-watch kind of way.

▪ The Raiders are 1-11. The 49ers are 7-5 and could implode with another loss. There’s no better venue than the Coliseum for these combustibles.

▪ Half the action could take place in the seats. Guess on the higher stat – Colin Kaepernick’s rushing yards or the number of spectator arrests.

▪ The Raiders lost 52-0 to the Rams last weekend. Where was the running clock when you needed it?

▪ The theory circulated that Derek Carr is better than Colin Kaepernick. Yes, Kaepernick is slumping along with his offense, but this is what happens when there is too much time between games.

▪ Still painful to remember: Alabama-Birmingham became the first Division I school to scrap football since ... Pacific in 1995.

▪ UAB is bowl-eligible. If I’m a lower-tier bowl, I grab that team in a heartbeat.

▪ Alabama’s Nick Saban looked furious after the Crimson Tide’s revenge win over Auburn. Methinks it had something to do with Auburn carving his proud defense for 630 yards.

▪ And on the other side of the Iron Bowl: Auburn fired its defensive coordinator. This rivalry is serious, folks.

▪ New Florida coach Jim McElwain received an approving nod from Fresno State. The Red Wave remembers McElwain’s 2007 season as offensive coordinator: 419 yards per game, 32.9 points per game and a bowl-game win over Georgia Tech.

▪ Pitman and Sonora vie for state volleyball titles today. Well done, girls.

▪ Which wing-T is more potent? Oakdale and Inderkum will answer that question in Saturday night’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III final.

▪ The rise of the 16-2 Warriors: 11 consecutive wins, the most crowd-pleasing backcourt in the game (Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) and the growing knowledge that they’re among the NBA’s top four teams.

▪ The Modesto Junior College women’s soccer team won a school-record 20 games and came within a goal of a NorCal final. One more win also would have given coach Steve Aristotelous 200 victories in 14 seasons.

▪ Congrats to the seven new inductees to the Cal State Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame, but: Why no golfer?

▪ And while no one is paying attention to golf: Jordan Spieth, the winner of the Australian Open last week, is arriving in a big way.

▪ Another example of the impact of a good football coach: Mike Parsons, Modesto Christian.

▪ The Giants are bidding for Jon Lester along with teams from every state, Scandinavia, Antarctica and parts of the Balkans.

▪ The next A’s all-star to go could be Brandon Moss. When you root for the A’s, you root for laundry.

▪ Kirkwood opens today, Bear is open on a limited basis on weekends, and Dodge Ridge waits for enough snow. Winter has arrived.

▪ The NFL seems less appealing these days with one exception: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans.

▪  Often overrated, but not this season: Duke.

▪ Can’t imagine a more kick-in-the-pants time in early December than here: The 56th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, underway in Las Vegas.

▪ A perfect option: Let’s go to breakfast at the Bellagio.

▪ Just because he was the meanest bull I ever saw: Bodacious, the Yellow Whale.

▪ Those who give the Raiders no chance have not watched the remains of the 49ers’ offense.

▪ Most thought 49ers CEO Jed York would guide the franchise better than his father, John. After last week’s infamous tweet, we’re not so sure.

▪ Once again: If the 49ers let Jim Harbaugh go, he’ll be hired by a rival in, say, five seconds.

▪ The 49ers should sell this season into syndication. Add the soap ads and it will print money on its own.

▪ The title: Harbaugh And The Ticking Bomb.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeSports.