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A case of the Mondays: This could be a monster year for Vernon Davis

Aug 19, 2013, 9:21 AM PDT


There’s always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren’t lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.

No. 1: Kaepernick to Davis. Rinse and repeat: Last season, one of the 49ers’ most dangerous weapons went underutilized once Colin Kaepernick took over under center. It looks like times have changed. Our 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco hasn’t missed a moment of 49ers Training Camp and he describes the Kap to Davis connection as unstoppable.

Vernon Davis, lining up exclusively at tight end, utilized his straight-line speed to blow past a linebacker in the middle of the field. Then, quarterback Colin Kaepernick with laser-like precision beamed a 25-yard pass between the safeties 25 yards or more down the field.

In the seven regular season games that Kaepernick started last season, Davis caught just one touchdown and had a mere 174 yards. Expect them to improve together.

No. 2 – Yoenis Cespedes critiques his bobblehead: The Oakland Athletics gave away Yoenis Cespedes bobbleheads on Saturday. The Cuban-born slugger celebrated the occasion by helping the A’s win two of three from the Indians. While Cespedes only went 2 for 12 during the series, he launched a two-run homer that was caught by the father of an A’s batboy, and made a stunning throw to rob Nick Swisher of a double.

Cespedes, who has a certain has flair for the dramatic, then ended the weekend by offering this strange critique of his bobblehead:

No. 3 – Hunter Pence exorcises his demons:  It looked like Hunter Pence harnessed all of the pain, anguish and frustration of the Giants’ lost season and unleashed it with a single mighty hack on Sunday. Sure, the 459-foot homer (that cleared whatever that thing in centerfield is) didn’t end up helping the Giants beat the Miami Marlins, but it sure was fun to watch. Pence admitted that he was frustrated after not hitting a home run for an entire month.

The best part of the home run isn’t where the ball landed. It’s Tom Koehler’s reaction.


“So long old friend.” – Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler to the baseball.

No. 4 – Don’t go golfing with Sharks defenseman Brent Burns: Somebody call an archeologist. San Jose Sharks defenseman, and resident caveman, Brent Burns may have found the remains of a saber-toothed tiger while golfing.

Burns has 67,000 followers and none of them could identify the the remains of whatever he found. Burns probably also needs help finding his golf game, because it’s doubtful that skull was on the fairway or green.

In June, Burns tweeted this picture from the golf course.

There’s no mystery as to what that creature is. While he was playing with that snake there was probably a previously-thought-to-be-extinct jungle cat stalking him from the rough.

No. 5 – Harrison Barnes — ping pong master: Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has potential to be a multi-sport star after his ping pong domination of San Francisco mayor Ed Lee on Saturday. Barnes attended the San Francisco Chinatown Ping Pong Festival on Sunday and caught the mayor off guard with a smash shot during what looked like a friendly game.

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Chandler Harnish was juuuust a bit outside with this throw. No wonder he’s a backup QB.

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