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▪ Snoop Dogg quizzed Peyton Manning and Cam Newton this week. Sunday can’t come soon enough.
▪ By Thursday, Newton had that “if I have to answer another question, I’ll burst” look.
▪ Confirmed this week: Ex-Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason still holds a grudge against the 49ers for their Super Bowl win in 1989.
▪ The buildup skewed: By kickoff, Newton will leap tall buildings, while Manning barely can walk.
▪ The consensus: Carolina is better.
▪ From someone who always roots for the best story: Manning walks into the sunset in glory.
▪ He deserves his shot at the title: Carolina coach Ron Rivera (Seaside High) played for Joe Kapp at Berkeley.
▪ Happened all week: TV aerial views of Levi’s Stadium, cutting away immediately to the Golden Gate Bridge.
▪ Former Modesto Junior College football star Anthony Cota will play at Southwestern Oklahoma State, the alma mater of coaching brothers Rex and Rob Ryan.
▪ Carolina running backs coach Jim Skipper did the same job at Pacific in 1979.
▪ To millennials: Pacific played Division I football through 1995. And the Tigers were fun.
▪ She earned it: MJC soccer star Yaritza Arista (Livingston) is bound for San Jose State.
▪ Pat Haden steered USC through rocky times as AD but no Pacific-12 Conference football titles during his watch.
▪ Louisville self-imposes a one-year basketball postseason ban. Check the evidence: should be longer than one year.
▪ Magic words in the dead of winter: “Pitchers and catchers report.” It won’t be long.
▪ The Amgen Tour of California hasn’t forgotten Modesto, after all. The cyclists will sleep here.
▪ From someone who knows: Ryan Leaf says Johnny Manziel must sit out a year.
▪ More critical: Manziel, according to his dad, won’t live much longer on his present path.
▪ Incredible and growing in importance after each win: Warriors, 45-4.
▪ A gentle reminder to Warrior fans: These are the good ol’ days. Enjoy.
▪ Astounding: Steph Curry hits 60.4 percent of his shots from 28 feet or farther.
▪ Before Colin Kaepernick (Pitman High) finds a fresh start or reboots under Chip Kelly, he must physically recover.
▪ Summary: Don’t blame Kaepernick if he wants to wave goodbye to the 49ers.
▪ As the Super Bowl turns 50, it does not get any better than Joe Namath’s “guarantee,” Joe Montana to John Taylor or Malcolm Butler goal-line interception.
▪ Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars will perform during the Super Bowl’s 18-minute halftime. Call it an evolution from Up With People.
▪ A golden oldie after only one year: Katy Perry dancing with sharks.
▪ Twenty years ago: The Bears’ Super Bowl title.
▪ If you’re put off by Carolina’s antics, Google the Bears’ “Super Bowl Shuffle.”
▪ The most nervous man before the Super Bowl: Former 49er owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., awaiting a yes or no on the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
▪ Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “There is risk in life. There is risk in sitting on a couch.” Wait a minute. I’m in danger!
▪ After listening to Goodell: The Pro Bowl might be history. And that would be years overdue.
▪ The Raiders and Texans will meet on “Monday Night Football”, Nov. 21, in Mexico City. Ole!
▪ Manning threw a record 28 interceptions as a rookie in 1998, a number he wouldn’t mind being erased from the books.
▪ Jared Goff, Cal, probably wouldn’t mind. Throwing 28 picks means next year’s rookie is starting 16 games.
▪ One issue that, right or wrong, won’t disappear after Sunday: Manning and human growth hormone.
▪ Just because: Craig Morton.
▪ Here’s the long-shot Super Bowl scenario: Ex-49er Vernon Davis (0 touchdown catches this season for Denver) making the big play Sunday.
▪ Snoop Dogg was granted access to the media day, which is all you need to know about Super Bowl week.