Enter the Warzone, stuck on daylight wasting time.
• Gotta hand it to the 49ers. When they start a house-cleaning project, they aren’t done until all that’s left are exposed walls and floor joists.
Never miss a local story.
• First the team brass ushers out Jim Harbaugh. Now it’s time to bid farewell to Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Justin Smith and even, shockingly, Patrick Willis.
At least the 49ers still have Colin Kaepernick.
For the moment.
• The 49ers insist Kaepernick isn’t on the trading block, and even issued a statement that called those reports “ridiculous.”
Because when it comes to ridiculous, they’re the new experts.
are true about Willis retiring, don’t be surprised if he is back in the NFL once that toe injury properly heals.
Mainly because the 30-year-old said in November he still had “five or six great years” left.
• The Raiders have more cap room than a shrunken head, yet none of the big-name free-agents want their money. Sigh.
• Fresno State has victories against four of the top five seeds in the Mountain West men’s basketball tournament. The exception: Colorado State, the Bulldogs’ opening opponent.
In some places that would be considered extremely bad luck. Here it’s just called “normal.”
• Want a ray of hope? Colorado State won 81-73 at Save Mart Center in a game Fresno State missed 12 of 24 free throws.
Meaning if the Bulldogs shot their usual 69.7% rate, they would’ve only lost by 3.3 points.
• Adrian Wiggins. Tom Orlich. Tony and Tim Amundson. Carvell Wafer. This city has a bunch of quality high school basketball coaches.
And don’t overlook Clovis West High girls coach Craig Campbell, who directed the Golden Eagles to their third straight Central Section Division I title and the sixth of Campbell’s 10-year run.
• With five first-year starters, four of them sophomores, this was supposed to be the “down year” for Clovis West. Instead, Campbell drew up a masterpiece worthy of the art classes he teaches.
• The Immanuel girls also won a third straight title, this time in Division IV, so for the third time we had the pleasure of interviewing junior point guard Zoe March.
Us: We’ve got to stop meeting like this.
Zoe: I don’t think we do.
Us: We don’t?
Zoe: No, because if we’re meeting like this it means we just won the section.
• Passing a fellow cyclist the other day on the Eaton Trail … hey, wait, that’s Tim Simons.
Turns out the Valley coaching legend uses cycling to stay in shape these days — fit enough for the 73-year-old to return to the Clovis North sideline next season.
•Pablo Sandoval says
Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence are the only people he is going to miss in San Francisco.
Sheesh. No love for the line cooks at Orphan Andy’s?
• The Fresno Grizzlies are staging aMarch Madness-style tournament
to decide who gets to be on a bobblehead doll, and yours truly has a first-round matchup against local radio personality Gnarley Charley.
Not Gnarly Charley. It’s spelled G-N-A-R-L-E-Y. That extra “e” might be tough to overcome.
• For no particular reason: Dellin Betances
• Emailer Roger wrote the he became alarmed while driving along Highway 180 last week when he glanced up and spotted a green and gold plane with a giant “O” on the tail about to land at Fresno-Yosemite International.
Was this Oregon flying in to steal back athletic director Jim Bartko?
Or maybe Roger saw Alaska Airlines’ Oregon Ducks-themed Bombardier Q400 …
• Told that story to Tim DeRuyter, who winced. Turns out the Bulldogs’ coach got stuck on that same airline’s Boise State-themed plane Sunday evening en route from Portland to Fresno.
“That was the ugliest plane I’ve ever seen in my life,” DeRuyter said. “I wanted a discount.”