Ron Agostini

Ron Agostini: Prepare for Super Bowl 50 – without Raiders, 49ers

Reading time, two minutes:

▪ The Raiders finish 8-8 and the 49ers 6-10. That’s my call. You may sue me.

▪ Rosy offseason hopes always are part of the Raider culture. This year there are legit reasons. Going 8-8 would be a five-game improvement.

▪ The big “if:” Derek Carr must stay healthy.

▪ From here: This is not the Raiders’ last season in Oakland.

▪ Too many issues to count, but: It would be nice for someone from Oakland to put a proposal on the NFL table.

▪ Why the Raiders are at the mercy of forces they can’t control: Mark Davis is not a deep-pocketed NFL owner.

▪ The only thing working in the 49ers’ favor: No one – no one – expects them to be important this season.

▪ If the 49ers don’t beat the Vikings on Monday night – and the 49ers are two-point underdogs – the 49ers might start 0-5.

▪ Colin Kaepernick (Pitman High School) barely played during the preseason. He’s the first mystery to be solved.

▪ Modesto Junior College’s reward for knocking off American River – an appointment Saturday at San Mateo, the nation’s top-ranked team.

▪ The high school coaches’ No. 1 responsibility on a sizzling Friday night – plenty of water on every bench.

▪ College football – like saying hello to an old friend.

▪ It is an embarrassment of wealth at Ohio State when you have three super quarterbacks and No. 3 (Braxton Miller) is an All-America wide receiver.

▪ The local blue ribbon goes to Indiana senior Nate Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) for his 349 passing yards in a 48-47 win over Southern Illinois. Too bad Sudfeld can’t help his defense.

▪ First runner-up: San Jose State freshman Frank Ginda (Pacheco High) for his four tackles against New Hampshire.

▪ Second runner-up: College of Idaho quarterback Teejay Gordon (East Union, MJC) for his 342 passing yards and three touchdown passes in a loss to Pacific (Ore.)

▪ Third runner-up: Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner (Central Valley) with 201 rushing yards in a win over Western Oregon.

▪ Fourth runner-up: Stanford’s Aziz Shittu (Buhach Colony) with two tackles and six assists in a loss to Northwestern.

▪ Remembering the late MJC Hall of Fame inductee Victor DiGiovanni, a basketball star for the Pirates in the mid-1950s and later for Cal Poly.

▪ DiGiovanni was All-City in New York and played at Madison Square Garden. Today, he never would have gone west to a JC.

▪ Fun at Raley Field: The Sacramento River Cats led all minor-league teams in attendance (672,354).

▪ New Britain (Conn.), Colorado’s Double-A team, lost its franchise to nearby Hartford but not before a walkoff hit in its farewell game ... by former Modesto Nuts star Jordan Patterson.

▪ Collapsing to the end: The Nuts finished a season-ending five-week slump ... by blowing a six-run lead at Stockton on Monday.

▪ The Rockies still will take note of: Modesto’s Cal League Pitcher of the Year Antonio Senzatela and All-Stars Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia (league-leading 166 hits).

▪ Don’t blame former Atlanta Falcons linebacker John Rade for missing MJC’s 35-year reunion of its unbeaten 1980 team. His flight was canceled.

▪ MJC assistant coach Ron Gross (Yuba) played against the Pirates in 1980. His team lost 37-0.

▪ Roger Federer, 34, appears ageless, and three of four U.S. Open women’s semifinalists are 30 and older: Where’s the next generation?

▪ The NFL often treats its players like indentured servants, but: The Seahawks are right to keep Kam Chancellor hanging. He signed a four-year contract 15 months ago.

▪ Just because: Lincoln Kennedy.

▪ The unmistakable message from Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, the Patriots and their fans Thursday night: Deal with it.

▪ Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium probably will be held without the Bay Area teams. It’s OK. Boo Roger Goodell from your living room.