Observations for the center stripe: Sports edition

Colin Kaepernick How 'bout them tats?

Colin Kaepernick
How ’bout them tats?

WHEN I was a regular reader of the Sacramento Bee in the ’00s, featured sports columnist Ailene Voisin frequently gushed over the Magoof…I mean Maloof brothers. Now she’s gushing over new Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive. Some women never learn…MCDONALD’S IS running a new ad campaign featuring Super Bowl quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco. Each wears his team jersey in the ads, but Kaepernick has long sleeves you rarely see in a game. Apparently his tattoos clash with the wholesome image McDonald’s likes to project…IT’S HARD to muster much sympathy for fired USC football coach Lane Kiffin (after all, it is Lane Kiffin), but you don’t need to pull him off the team bus at 3 a.m. to deliver the bad news, then strand him at LAX…SHAQUILLE O’NEAL never bothered to get in game shape when he was rehabbing from injuries during his playing days–he’d waste the first five or six games back to do that. Will he countenance such behavior now that he’s part owner of the Kings?…WHAT A DEAL! Cal is offering a steep discount on tickets to Saturday’s game against Washington State, and big discounts to future games IF the Bears keep winning. This promotion doesn’t figure to last very long…STANFORD FOOTBALL coach David Shaw is slow to change his mind, even when the evidence tells him he’s wrong. Last season, he was reluctant to bench Josh Nunes and insert Kevin Hogan at quarterback; the team became a lot better when he did. This year, he’s hesitant to use running back Barry Sanders, Jr., even though he runs like his father in his prime. This should be a no-brainer.

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