Ron Agostini

Agostini: NFL scouting combine winds down – I’m already missing 3-cone drill

Reading time, two minutes:

▪ The NFL is winding down its annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. It’s ending too soon. I just perfected my 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill.

▪ A time-lapse of Levi’s Stadium as it was turned into a hockey arena was interrupted by an exuberant blackbird. I knew Jim Harbaugh was good, but shape-shifting?

▪ Harbaugh said his exit from the 49ers was not by mutual agreement with management. Already had that one figured out, Jim.

▪ Just a hunch: The 49ers will try to minimize those hot-weather home games in September and October. Night games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday, perhaps? Or how about front-loaded games on the road?

▪ The Raiders propose a new stadium they will share with the Chargers in Carson. It would work great – if the teams combine their number of wins.

▪ The 49ers should not laugh. The Raiders and Chargers beat them in December.

▪ Friends and admirers of the late Bob Hoegh, the former Modesto Junior College football coach, can send donations to the Bob Hoegh Scholarship Fund: MJC Foundation, 425 College Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.

▪ Hoegh did not want a service, and this won’t be one: A “Thanks For The Memories” tribute and buffet on March 15 at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club.

▪ For those who thought the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was slumping without Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods: A record crowd, record weather and a record score by Brandt Snedeker.

▪ Another reason why Pebble Beach flies the red, white and blue: Snedeker was the 11th straight American to win the AT&T.

▪ The tournament’s No. 1 celebrity this year: The Giants’ Buster Posey. Give him two months on the practice tee, and he’d play scratch.

▪ Matt Cain and Beyer High grad Matt Bettencourt tied for 12th in the pro-am. They tied for 13th in 2011.

▪ Pitchers and catchers have arrived for spring training on the same week the Giants’ three World Series trophies came to Modesto. The season can’t arrive soon enough.

▪ Giants manager Bruce Bochy is recovering from a stent procedure. His heart must be strong for the upcoming 95 3-2 games.

▪ Pablo Sandoval joined his new team looking, let’s say, a little heavy. Welcome, Red Sox fans, to the world of the Kung Fu Panda.

▪ On schedule for groundbreaking next month: The Mark Gallo Health and Fitness Center at Central Catholic.

▪ If you’ve been playing basketball games in your cafeteria for about a half-century, you’re overdue for a first-class facility.

▪ The NBA trade deadline came and passed without a move from the Golden State Warriors. “We’ll play our hand,” they said with a wry grin.

▪ The smart money says either the Warriors or the Cavaliers will win the NBA title. Just like we thought a year ago, no?

▪ The Columbia College men’s basketball team finished 16-11, its best season in years, and twice extended powerhouse Fresno. Chances for the NorCal playoffs: Doubtful.

▪ The NCAA reversed its decision and returned 111 wins to the record of Joe Paterno. Curious: What changed?

▪ Roller derby icon Charlie O’Connell died last week in Oakdale. Google him, millennials. Start with, “The San Francisco Bay Bombers.”

▪ Jason Giambi has retired after 20 big-league seasons. Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since he was a member of the Modesto Athletics.

▪ The Oakland A’s will try to squeeze one more year out of the arm of Barry Zito. Which means he’ll be there not much longer than any other teammate.

▪ How crazy-hot is the NFL? It sells off-season rookie workouts (the combine) and meetings (the draft). And they can’t count the money fast enough.

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

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