Enter the Warzone, a sports cornucopia that’s always overflowing.
• Only a Bactrian camel (two humps) could’ve predicted Fresno State’s fortunes this season.
Down. Up. Down. Up. Bulldogs football, brought to you by Otis Elevator Company.
• Wonder how many college football teams have crammed two three-game win streaks and two three-game skids into the same season.
Sounds like a job for Kuwada.
• Senior nose tackle Tyeler Davison has it right. The recent strong play by the defense has a lot to do with the fact that it’s not on the field as much.
Which has a lot to do with the offense sustaining drives.
• If we’ve learned anything so far it’s that any and all assumptions about the 2014 Bulldogs quite often end up making the assumer look stupid.
Remember that before booking any pre-Christmas trips to San Diego.
• Unsung reason for the turnaround: an offensive line that has started the same five guys in all 11 games.
• The Bulldogs basketball team has now lost to all three legitimate opponents it has faced.
The less legitimate, the more lopsided the score.
• Oregon fan Steve emailed to say he wanted to become Jim Bartko’s “first Fresno donor” because “people give money to people, not organizations.”
That’s a very good sign for Fresno State’s new athletic director.
• Pablo Sandoval is such a unique baseball player there’s no way the Giants can replace him.
So they bring in a legitimate left fielder and No. 2 starter and find a cheap, serviceable option at third base.
• Part of Sandoval’s motivation supposedly came from a desire to DH in the final years of the contract once David Ortiz retired.
In other words, Pablo wanted a License to Eat.
• The reason college football needs an eight-team playoff is so all five power conference champions (and three wild cards) can be represented.
The reason is should stay at four is because the season-long argument over who’s No. 5 is much more compelling than who’s No. 9.
• Florida State will lose one of its remaining games. So it doesn’t matter where the stumbling Seminoles are in tonight’s unveiling.
• “Act like you’ve been there before” is a handy, catch-all retort to the silly antics of professional athletes.
But when it comes to the Raiders and premature victory celebrations ...
• After tasting his first NFL win, reports had Derek Carr, still in jersey and shoulder pads, going around the locker room and personally congratulating his teammates.
Sounds like the guy we know.
• The 49ers won’t have to lean on their defense as much because an improving Colin Kaepernick finally has some weapons.
Nope, nope and nope. But at least they scored a fourth-quarter touchdown.
• Nothing against Odell Beckham, but the Greatest Catch of All Time will always be Lynn Swann in Super Bowl X.
Why? Because it was the first one that blew our cranial synapses.
• Assumed there was no more physical back in the Central Section than Clovis North High’s Bolu Olorunfunmi (aka The Wrecking Bolu).
Until we saw 220-pound Clovis battering ram Adam Prentice. No matter where you tackle that guy, it’s gonna hurt.
• For no particular reason: Lonyae Miller
• Keep your eye on Hawaii punter Scott Harding, a 28-year-old Australian who kicks while running in both directions and with either foot.
In 10 years rugby punting will abound.
• What are the Giants supposed to do with all those leftover Panda hats?
Simple. Repurpose them for Joe “Possum” Panik.