Ron Agostini

Two-Minute Drill: The memories will trump the wins and losses

Reading time, two minutes:

▪ The local high school football season has ended for most teams. Hope your memory bank is filled.

▪ The playoffs are fun, but: Except for the elite teams bidding for titles, the rest seems more like an anticlimax.

▪ Congrats to the Modesto Quarterback Club for another good season. It’s still a good place to talk football and hear from coaches.

▪ The 49ers’ Michael Crabtree whined over not getting enough passes thrown his way. A diva wide receiver ... I’ll alert the media.

▪ A distinction: Crabtree usually chirps after losses, not after making clutch catches that save games.

▪ Crabtree, a free agent after this season, soon will be an ex-49er.

▪ Some losses grow worse over time. Such was the 49ers’ against the Bears.

▪ The Raiders (0-9) are approaching NFL infamy reserved for Detroit (0-16 in 2008) and Tampa Bay (0-14 in ‘76).

▪ Local Raider fans can tolerate another miserable season, but can they tolerate the team leaving Oakland?

▪ Even during sub.500 seasons, they entertain: Delta at Modesto Junior College today.

▪ Where the crew chiefs get fined while the drivers slug it out: NASCAR.

▪ The best comparison to the Giants: The San Antonio Spurs. Team. Team. Team.

▪ The late Alvin Dark will be remembered on both sides of the bay.

▪ Livingston-based Foster Farms takes over sponsorship of the former (Kraft) Fight Hunger Bowl. Pacific-12 and Big 10 teams will tee it up at Levi’s Stadium on Dec. 30.

▪ The team that might be in Santa Clara on that day: Stanford (5-4).

▪ Levi’s is getting ready for The Big One: Wrestlemania 31, of course, next March. A nice warmup for that other event: Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

▪ I’ve never seen a more lopsided 38-30 than USC over Cal. Will a Sonny Dykes team ever guard a receiver?

▪ The most telling World Series quote came from Madison Bumgarner: “Pitch counts don’t mean much to me.”

▪ Ryan Vogelsong on Bumgarner: “Bum has the cheat code to life.”

▪ The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has three Cy Youngs (and an MVP) and zero rings. Bumgarner no doubt prefers his zero Cy Youngs and three rings.

▪ Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t been named NL Manager of the Year since 1996. Doesn’t seem right.

▪ Just because: Aaron Rowand.

▪ Their first Big 8 Conference title and well-deserved: The MJC soccer women (18-1-2), ranked second in Northern California.

▪ Just when you think the Sacramento Kings have stepped forward, they blow leads of 24 and 26 points within a few days.

▪ LeBron James became the latest famous person to say he’ll push his children away from football. Sounds like people are eager to pile on.

▪ The Cardinals must replace Carson Palmer with journeyman Drew Stanton. Their lead in the NFC West is handy.

▪ Just a thought: Are the hard-to-watch NFL games out-numbering the good ones?

▪ Basketball season isn’t just on the way. It’s here.

▪ Loved that cell phone light show during Fresno State’s homecoming win over San Jose State – a beacon in an otherwise dim season.

▪ The Broncos’ Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian, Fresno State) returned four punts for 52 yards, including a 21-yarder and a 30-yarder called back by penalty against the Raiders. Must have enjoyed that hometown support in the stands.

▪ The MJC women golfers claimed the school’s first NorCal title since ... the cross country women last fall.

▪ Is it just me, or is most of the free world pulling for No. 1 Mississippi St. today over Alabama?

▪ About high school football: The wins and losses fade over time. It’s what you learn, and what you remember, that counts longterm.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeSports.