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▪ Raise your hands, Warriors fans, if you tuned out with your team trailing by 20 points Thursday night.
▪ All of you kept the faith? No one admits they thought the Pelicans had it won? I don’t buy it.
▪ The consensus: The Pelicans were not seasoned enough to close out the game, as opposed to the Warriors.
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▪ Steph Curry’s baseline triple to tie should have been a four-point play. Anthony Davis buried him after the shot.
▪ The next time, the Pelicans will foul Curry. And they may tackle Marreese Speights.
▪ Will the series end Saturday night, you ask? Surely as there’s fun on Bourbon Street.
▪ The Royals are brawling every night. They’re taking that World Series loss hard. And, by the way, they’re 12-4.
▪ No rookie woes for LSU pitcher Allie Walljasper (Sierra High School). She was the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.
▪ Carson and Hollywood Park are running hard for NFL teams. Oakland trailing.
▪ The late 49ers star Bob St. Clair played almost his entire career, high school through NFL, at Kezar Stadium. Doubtful anyone else can say that.
▪ St. Clair ate raw meat, and at 6-foot-9 and 270, you would not argue with him.
▪ The Modesto Nuts and Lancaster JetHawks combined for seven home runs Thursday night at the windy Hangar. I’m told six would have been fly balls at Thurman Field.
▪ The San Jose Giants come to town May 12-14. Just in time for a Hunter Pence rehab, right?
▪ Another sign of the apocalypse: The NFL Network devoted a three-hour show to the 2015 schedule.
▪ The NFL draft is next week. I fret about the draftniks after it’s over. How do they live the rest of the year?
▪ The Giants held their World Series ring ceremony while riding an eight-game losing streak. It had to have been a record.
▪ Incredible but true: Modesto Junior College still hasn’t named a successor to football coach Sam Young. He announced his resignation on Nov. 23!
▪ Beware of the sun: The Athletics are 0-5 in day games.
▪ Just because: Marvin Benard.
▪ The Rangers have reacquired Josh Hamilton. I just hope he finds peace of mind.
▪ Only a portion of Candlestick Park remains upright. Wrecking balls have done what an earthquake couldn’t.
▪ Fox has hired Pete Rose for some studio work. He won’t be happy. The studio is not a ballpark.
▪ If you believe there’s no teamwork in tennis, you didn’t watch the Northern California champion MJC women.
▪ Barry Bonds’ obstruction of justice conviction was overturned. Will that turn into Hall of Fame votes? Doubtful.
▪ Guard Alex Boone of the 49ers said Jim Harbaugh “was like a brother to me.” The same Alex Boone also thinks Harbaugh is “clinically insane.” Methinks both are true.
▪ I can’t see Philadelphia Eagles fans “Tebowing” for their newest quarterback.
▪ One of the best things about golf: Lydia Ko, top-ranked in the world, turned 18 today at the Swinging Skirts while Juli Inkster, 54, turned back the clock.
▪ Wearing Ripon High red for Bee teammate and friend Brian VanderBeek, whose 21-year run at The Bee ended Friday. He sings the anthem, writes great on deadline and hits tee shots I envy.
▪ His farewell cake was decorated with red and gold frosting – for Cal State Stanislaus, his next stop.
▪ The Warriors are rolling because they didn’t trade Klay Thompson. Warning, Thunder, after the firing of Scott Brooks: Sometimes, it’s the move you don’t make that people remember.
▪ Old-timers remember those stunning Warriors comebacks in the playoffs before their 1975 title. Forty years later, deja vu.