Ron Agostini

Ron Agostini: Ignite the Friday night lights next week

Reading time, two minutes:

▪ 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.

▪ 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.

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