Darting here and there ...
Û Should they ever decide to run it again, we've got a name for the 49ers' option pitch play: The Gobble Gobble Jive Turkey Bobble.
Û Alex Smith not only wouldn't have messed it up, he surely would have audibled out of it, something young QB Colin Kaepernick might not have the chops to do just yet.
Û Enough ink on Kaepernick's tattoos. A nonstory in today's pro sports world. And that AOL story? Definitely not LOL.
Û Based on what we know now, there must be a few folks out there wondering what the 49ers' record might be if Peyton Manning had come to San Francisco.
Û Jim Harbaugh's kryptonite: His name might be Jeff Fisher.
Û It's become so bad and boring that you wonder if some segments of the Raider Nation are considering secession.
Û It's not just another double-digit-loss season for the Raiders but also seven losses by double digits. They're closing in on the 2-14 team of 2006, which had nine.
Û It's quite apparent it's a lack of talent, not a lack of coaching. OK, maybe a little lack of coaching. But Dennis Allen at least deserves a decent draft class to show us.
Û Speaking of the 2013 draft, Raiders-Chiefs game on Dec. 16 will go a long way toward determining whether Oakland has a shot at No. 1. Still in the hunt for that, anyway.
Û Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said she interviewed between six and 12 candidates before hiring Sonny Dykes. Can we assume that means nine? Or were six that forgettable?
Û Ultimately, the defensive coordinator hire might prove more critical than the head coach for Cal. If his teams plays "D" like Louisiana Tech, Dykes is doomed.
Û You just knew the Bears weren't going to stoop to hiring a San Jose State guy. Heck, they won't even play the Spartans, let alone pillage their staff.
Û Over at Stanford, they're just hoping Sonny works out like Buddy.
Û Rose Bowl rumination: On Wisconsin, except for coach Bret Bielema, who's off to Arkansas.
Û Clever call by the Badgers to install athletic director Barry Alvarez as the one-game interim head coach. If nothing else, Alvarez is 3-0 taking teams to the Rose Bowl. Bielema was 0-2.
Û Hall of Fame ballot hasn't arrived yet. With all the steroid candidates on it, it must be coming by bulk mail.
Û The bad news from Cooperstown is that the late Bill King was once again denied the Ford C. Frick Award. The good news is that he finished second this time. Keep pushing.
Û Angel Pagan saluted fans in the wake of his $40 million contract by posing on Twitter clutching a bottle of Champagne. Not the cheap stuff, either, like from the World Series celebration.
Û Marc-O, Got The Dough. And stop hand-wringing about Scutaro's age. He's better at 37 than he was at 27.
Û You would think a guy with an alleged 160 IQ such as Brian Wilson would come around to the idea that it's nothing personal. The bet here is he stays a Giant -- too much merchandise down the tubes if he doesn't.
Û Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti quote from the winter meetings: "We're 'in' on so many players, we may need two or three teams." How about just one good one, Neddy?
Û Much Ado About Nothing Dept.: The winter meetings produced three trades, zero eyebrow-raisers and nothing more than a whole lot of hot air about Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
Û The A's have now gone three years in a row with nary a winter meetings move (sorry, we don't count the Rule 5 draft). It's becoming their annual four-day December vacation.
Û Timing Is Everything File.: Andrew Bogut Bobblehead Night at Oracle, Dec. 18. No truth that it comes with a little microfracture in its left ankle.
Û Actually, the most accurate rendering of a Bogut bobblehead (or should that be gobble gobble jive turkey bobblehead?) might have him sitting on a bench in street clothes.
Û Finally, all we want for Christmas is some ice hockey. Not likely, though, with the twin grinches, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, at the reins of the labor sleigh.
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