• 1. No Patrick Willis or NaVorro Bowman on defense. Never enough Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis or Frank Gore on offense. The 49ers as-is can't catch the Cardinals, and they won't stay in front of the Seahawks. Their playoff run ends now, and nothing that happens today against the Giants can change it.
• 2. Did you catch all those names of Fresno State athletic director candidates the other day? Say what you about former AD Thomas Boeh, but the information pipes in his office never leaked. So much for a confidential process ...
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• 3. Please don't refer to Los Angeles' purple NBA team as the "struggling Lakers." That would infer they are capable of doing better -- they aren't -- or that they are offering resistance to defeat -- and they aren't. The new Lakers are the old Clippers, and to that they offer neither struggle nor resistance.