Darting here and there ...
Û So, before you start reading, just sign your name to the list of thousands of Giants fans who are now calling Brian Wilson "Bluebeard."
Û When you want to think ill thoughts of Wilson, just remember the strikeouts of Ryan Howard and Nelson Cruz and their colossal place in Giants history. Ends of eras are hard, but Wilson's was a great era.
Û If Juan Marichal could pitch for the Dodgers, nobody should have a problem with Wilson doing it. Unless he gets another last out of the World Series, of course.
Û Strangely, there have been 75 pitchers who have played for the Giants and Dodgers, and not a single guy who went from San Francisco to Los Angeles did much of anything. The best: Jim Gott, 19-22, 2.99 ERA from 1990-94, so stop gripping.
Û Best part of Wilson departing for La-La: We no longer have to hear that ridiculous nickname BeWeezy.
Û Our favorite Giants-to-Dodgers reliever: Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm, who started his career pitching for the Giants from 1952-56. He ended it pitching for the Dodgers in 1971-72. His only ring in a 21-year career came with the '54 Giants.
Û We are a bit surprised Wilson didn't squeeze in the White House visit before signing with the Dodgers. Valuable face time lost, and that's just not him.
Û No truth to the rumor that Larry Baer asked President Obama for a bailout. But Brian Sabean did kick the tires on the prez's limousine.
Û Catch-22 Dept.: Speaking of bailouts, if Alex Rodriguez is suspended for life, the Yankees could get a huge one. Buck Showalter isn't happy about that, but when is Buck ever happy?
Û So if you're a Bay Area baseball fan, did the trade deadline leave you Peavish or Pencive?
Û The A's definitely didn't need Jake Peavy. They already have a guy who screams obscenities at himself on the mound.
Û Considering the lack of left-handed batting practice pitchers around the league, it's a bit surprising there wasn't a bigger market for Barry Zito.
Û If the Dodgers running away with the N.L. West sickens you, you definitely don't want to be following Magic Johnson on Twitter these days. (Sample tweet: "Dodger Stadium is the place to be for athletes and entertainers!")
Û With that in mind, it was quite cool seeing Jack Nicholson sitting behind home plate the other night -- wearing a Yankees hat.
Û We'll reserve judgment on the national anthem rendition by Antonia Bennett, daughter of Tony Bennett, at an A's game this week. But one press box wit offered this sharp dart: "She must have left her voice in San Francisco."
Û Riley Cooper's biggest problem is that he's a scrub receiver with 46 career catches in three seasons, and no NFL team will deem him worth the trouble once the Eagles cut him.
Û As for Chris Culliver, regardless of what you thought of him after his Super Bowl flap, he is a huge loss for the 49ers with that ACL tear. Scarier part: More free time for radio shows.
Û Our definition of NFL training camp: The place where you determine which team gets the most key players injured before it starts to matter.
Û Excited to read our Dan Brown's new book, "100 Things 49ers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die." Be forewarned: If you do the Jerry Rice/Roger Craig Hill Run first, you might actually die and not get to the other 99.
Û Dan informs us "night out with Eddie, Dwight and Joe" is not on the 100 list. Now that's a shame.
Û Thank goodness Chad Qualls wasn't chewing gum. He might have wound up on the disabled list. Instead, he simply gave us one of the great goofy moments in sports history.
Û So who wrote these new Pro Bowl rules, Crazy George? Nah, George isn't that crazy. Personally, we'd rather see an NFL home run hitting contest.
Û Who's going to telecast this newfangled Pro Bowl game? Comedy Central? Animal Planet? Probably not enough laughs for either of them.
Û Finally, our latest memo to "SportsCenter": Enough with the live shots of divers searching the lake outside of Bristol, Conn. Get back to us if and when they find something besides snapping turtles, Budweiser bottles and old tires.
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