Darting here and there ...

Û Let the Games begin! Oh, sorry, not those Games. We mean those all-important scrimmages at NFL training camps. In this country, anyway, isn't that all that matters at this time of year?

Û To be sure, if you're a 49ers fan, you're probably much more excited about your team going for the Goldson than anything happening in London.

Û And Alex Morgan? Nay, sayeth the Faithful, give us Alex Smith any day.

Û Then there are the hordes on hand for Peyton Manning's first training camp in Denver. A veritable Woodstock, NFL style.

Û Do you see anyone debating Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte on ESPN's "First Take?" Nope, that show is still running the nonstop Tebow-Sanchez tape loop. Or so it seems.

Û If the Raiders go any further reversing their historically notorious level of camp secrecy, they're going to be handing out playbooks to the media.

Û It tells you all you need to know about America's Olympic focus that former staffer Andrew Baggarly's brilliant run on "Jeopardy!" ended when he bombed on the "New Olympic Sports" category.

Û We empathized, by the way. Trampoline? Seriously?

Û Baggarly still did the sportswriter fraternity proud, not only winning 60 grand but also nailing the beer questions.

Û The A's just haven't had much luck with guys named Ramirez this year. In both cases, though, they're probably better off.


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Û The Dodgers got the last good bit of Manny, and now they're doubling down on Hanley. Actually, it's a bit more of a double down at $38 million. Talk about all in.

Û Meanwhile, everybody loves Ryan Dempster. We're as confused about that as "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Û What was the more amazing catch, Angel Pagan's Superman grab against the Padres or Josh Reddick's Spider-Man fence climb against the Blue Jays? Pagan gets the nod, if only because the catch was more important to the outcome.

Û Now if the Giants could only come up with a Batman at first base (besides Buster Posey).

Û We asked Twitter followers which players they'd pursue in trade if they were Brian Sabean. The rankings: 1) Corey Hart, 2) Hunter Pence, and 3) some guy named Cody Ross.

Û And then there was the cleverest response: "Ask Billy Beane what he'd do and then do that."

Û Pablo Sandoval is many things, but he is no Mary Lou Retton.

Û Unkind cut double play of the week: Brandon Belt currently has more holes in his swing than Sandoval has holes in his belt.

Û Intriguing stat about this weekend's Dodgers-Giants showdown at AT&T Park: It started with the two teams ranked 29th and 30th in the majors in home runs: Giants 62, Dodgers 60. So don't count on a slugfest.

Û When Tim Lincecum got a rousing ovation leaving the field after being raked by San Diego on Wednesday, Barry Zito had to be asking, "What's up with that?"

Û Actually, we were asking, "What's up with that?"

Û It says something about the erosion of Ichiro Suzuki's skills that a lot of baseball experts thought the Yankees would have been much better off with Nate Schierholtz.

Û With Cliff Pennington ailing, the A's do need a shortstop to keep this roll going. Does Oakland have enough starting pitching surplus to pry Asdrubal Cabrera from Cleveland? If the A's do make that deal, it would give them their own Cabrera to crow about.

Û The Warriors will play 15 of their first 24 on the road next season but 16 of their final 22 at home. Obvious question: Can they stay close enough early to make that late stretch count for something?

Û Only intrigue with the 2012 Dream Team so far is whether it could beat the '92 Dream Team. A delusion, but it makes for better fodder than reality.

Û OK, if you insist: I'll take Phelps over Lochte. Track record, baby.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. More darting on Twitter: @stewardsfolly.