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▪ One week away from high school football season. Start hydrating.
▪ Want to talk a little football? Meet the local coaches at the Modesto Quarterback Club starting Monday at noon at Coach’s Corner.
▪ Want to read about the entire Stanislaus District high school football scene? Check The Bee’s season preview on Thursday.
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▪ The first official note on the 2015 Modesto Junior College football team: quarterback Trey Cooper, who accounted for 19 touchdowns in his three starts last fall (11 rushing, eight passing), is back.
▪ Watch Cooper at the Pirates’ Blue-White scrimmage on Thursday at 6 p.m.
▪ Some talking head referred to Buster Posey’s excellent season as “under-the-radar.” Only if you’re living on the East Coast, pal.
▪ Dave Dombrowski, the new president of the Boston Red Sox, must deal with him sooner or later: Pablo Sandoval, the guy who beat his Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series.
▪ Ex-Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery has impressed with his TV work on Comcast. How impressed? The MLB Network hired him.
▪ My best Flannery story: He managed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to the 1994 California League title by beating the Modesto Athletics in the championship series. After the final out, Flannery leaped onto the dog pile.
▪ A get-well to a distinguished graduate of the Ceres Courier – Giants beat writer Henry Schulman.
▪ Perspective: The Giants’ Brandon Crawford entered play Friday with 75 RBIs – more than Mike Trout (72) and Albert Pujols (70).
▪ Regarding all the optimism about the Raiders: Their roster, starting with Derek Carr, hasn’t been this well-stocked in years.
▪ The response: The Raiders have sold about 40,000 season tickets, more than the year they returned to Oakland (1995).
▪ The Athletics helped the Giants this week by twice beating the Dodgers. The A’s also can burn the Giants on Sept. 25-27.
▪ July pickup Mike Leake has missed three starts, surely a painful fact for the Giants as they grovel for wins on this trip.
▪ The Giants started three utility outfielders against the powerful Cardinals. Hence, Marlon Byrd.
▪ Or: The Giants acted after Bruce Bochy was forced to pinch-hit Madison Bumgarner with the game on the line.
▪ A familiar face is back in Turlock: Rachel Finnegan (Turlock High, San Jose State, Cal State East Bay), assistant women’s basketball coach at Cal State Stanislaus.
▪ The 49ers welcome the Cowboys on Sunday night at Levi’s Stadium, where everyone just hopes to stand upright.
▪ Taylor Swift apparently had no problems at Levi’s.
▪ Wide receiver Jerome Simpson was suspended six games for substance abuse. Remember the good ol’ days when the 49ers’ players were actually eligible?
▪ The NFL truly is going global if rugby star Jarryd Hayne earns a roster spot.
▪ Hayne says, “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” PGA champion Jason Day answers, “Oi! Oi!” Oi!”
▪ The only proper way for Tom Brady and the NFL to settle “Deflategate:” Have the attorneys put on helmets and pads. Run the old Oklahoma drill.
▪ Costa Rica is to the World Cup champion USA women’s soccer team what the Washington Generals were to the Harlem Globetrotters.
▪ Eli Manning says he has not asked to be the NFL’s highest paid player. Bet he has thought about it.
▪ Conflicting ideas: The NFL’s new emphasis on safety and its wish to increase the schedule to 18 games.
▪ A bona fide possibility: Cal basketball, with Ivan Rabb in tow, could become a national power.
▪ Top priority for Cal right now: Finding a defense that can tackle.
▪ Doesn’t receive much attention but he’s done fine, thank you: Stanford senior and special-teams contributor Craig Jones (Central Catholic).
▪ Just because: Sal Bando.
▪ When he says “pop-pop-pop” and it’s not complimentary: Jim Tomsula, 49ers.
▪ About those Friday night lights: Won’t be needed next week until around 8:30 p.m.