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• For years we’ve been told Tom Brady was the new Joe Montana, or at least the 21st-century version. Now along comes Russell Wilson to co-opt that title.
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So over these next two weeks let’s all refer to Brady as the old new Montana and Wilson as the new new Montana.
Otherwise, all these Montana juxtapositions could get awfully confusing.
• Lazy minds always settle for the lazy comparison. For example, Joe Buck referring to MMA fighter Conor McGregor as the “Irish Muhammad Ali.”
No, he isn’t.
• What Wilson and the Seahawks did to win Sunday’s NFC championship game deserves its own chapter in the football history books. That comeback — and the roundhouse right of a finish — will be memorialized for decades.
• Once he sees the film, Aaron Rodgers will be upset at himself for not throwing in the direction of a one-armed Richard Sherman.
Same as every Packers fan watching on TV. (They’re also wondering what a third-string tight end was doing on the hands team. Oops.)
• Super Bowl XLIX? Sounds like the NFL needs relief from its Roman numeral constipation.
• On the same day the Fresno State women’s basketball team won for the first time in Wyoming, the Wyoming men’s basketball team won for the first time in Fresno.
Because the universe keeps things in balance.
• Good thing for Cezar Guerrero that Larry Nance missed those two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in the second overtime of the Bulldogs’ 70-65 triple-overtime loss.
Otherwise, Guerrero would be taking grief for committing one of the dumbest fouls you’ll ever see.
• Sure, it was a ticky-tack call. But in that situation (near midcourt with a second left), Guerrero can’t give the refs any excuse to blow their whistles.
• Raiders coach Jack Del Rio hired Bill Musgrave to be his offensive coordinator.
Musgrave is the same guy Del Rio fired 10 years ago in Jacksonville. Maybe each of them forgot.
• PGA player Robert Allenby was reportedly drugged, kidnapped, assaulted and robbed in Waikiki after he missed the cut at the Sony Open.
And you thought Fresno State had a rough trip to Hawaii
• A total of 74 underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft, down from last year’s 98 (of which 36 went unselected). Even non-college graduates are getting smarter.
• One of the 74 is Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who has a similar name to ex-Bullard High (and current Northern Illinois) basketball player Aaric Armstead.
Just in case you were wondering if they were the same Arik. Or Aaric.
• Congrats to Bullard grad Lynn Williams for being drafted sixth overall by the National Women’s Soccer League.
Also for reminding us there is a women’s pro soccer league.
• The Braves recently traded slugger Evan Gattis to the Astros for three prospects.
Why should anyone in Fresno care? Because one of those prospects, right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, won’t be throwing 100-plus mph fastballs this summer at Chukchansi Park.
• Yes, you’re expected to follow the Astros’ farm system. Strange new world.
• Grizzlies games won’t last as long if MLB goes through with this idea of a 20-second pitch clock throughout Double-A and Triple-A.
Could see this being a real bummer on $2 beer night.
• For no particular reason: Michael Moorer
• A photograph taken of Tiger Woods showed the golfer with a missing tooth.
Not the first time he’s been off-putting.
• Agent Mark Steinberg said Woods’ left front incisor got knocked out by a cameraman during a media scrum.
So it isn’t just Woods’ golf game that’s lost its bite.