Ron Agostini

Agostini: Reading time, two minutes

Reading time, two minutes:

  • Amend Mike Nolan's nickname as "The Suit." He's "The Empty Suit."
  • If dumb challenges were touchdowns, Nolan's 49ers would be division leaders.
  • One would have to go back decades the last time the 49ers led by nine points in the fourth quarter and lost by 14.
  • If he fights in the hospital as hard as he fought on the golf course, he'll recover: Seve Ballesteros, the Arnold Palmer of Europe.
  • Wonderful in high school, snakebit in college: Basketball star Jacki Gemelos (St. Mary's) at USC and Nate Costa (Hilmar) at Oregon.
  • Why 42-point underdog Washington State vs. USC is worth watching: Cougar true freshman linebacker Louis Bland (Central Catholic), who returned an interception for a touchdown last week.
  • UC Merced unveiled its athletics logo this week. Next task: fielding some teams.
  • They've been billed the Oaks, Cubs, Stars, White Sox, Mets, Rockies, Redlegs and A's. Next spring, they'll be the Visalia Rawhide.
  • If I'm UCLA, I'm not too pleased about the football injury incurred by Modesto Christian hoops recruit Reeves Nelson.
  • The Dodgers' post-mortem: Perhaps we shouldn't have thrown at Shane Victorino's head.
  • About all those college football upsets on Thursday night: The short preparation week is a factor.
  • He'll inject the World Series with some fresh fun: The Phillie Phanatic.
  • The Giants' response to the Rays' come-from-ahead loss in Game 5: I'll see your Game 5 and raise you Game 6 of the 2002 World Series.
  • Midnight Madness welcomed back Mike Montgomery at Cal and Johnny Dawkins at Stanford.
  • Her final Madness: Cal senior and All-American candidate Ashley Walker (Grace Davis) for a team ranked second in the nation in Athlon's preseason poll.

  • Both could be true: The MLB owners colluded against Barry Bonds but no one wanted him and his baggage anyway.
  • Brigham Young's loss opens the BCS door for Utah. By the way, it's BYU at Utah on Nov. 22.
  • Sorry, I'll just have another party: The face-value ticket for the Super Bowl has reached $1,000 for the first time.
  • Yes, Red Sox-Dodgers in the World Series would have been too much drama.
  • Hide your chairs and protect your necks. Bob Knight ponders another comeback.
  • The Cowboys will align Roy Williams on one side and Terrell Owens on the other -- a perfect setup for tight end Jason Witten and Patrick Crayton.
  • The Giants' loss to Cleveland means bad timing Sunday for the 49ers.
  • Nolan reminds me of "48 Hours" and the exchange between Nick Nolte, the cop, and Eddie Murphy, the furloughed inmate. Nolte checking out the suit worn by Murphy: "You're still a convict." Murphy: "Yeah, but I look good."
  • Bee sports columnist Ron Agostini can be reached at or 578-2302.