Oct 21, 2013, 9:53 AM PDT
Welcome to A case of the Mondays. 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 – Bernard Pollard feels the wrath of Jim Harbaugh: The 49ers coach didn’t shy away from contact on Sunday, after a scuffle broke out on his sideline. When 49ers left tackle Joe Staley and Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard began to exchange blows, the coach — clipboard still in hand and headset still on head — leaped between the two musclebound warriors and tore Pollard out of the scrum with one arm.
It’s no wonder the 49ers players love competing for this guy. Harbaugh’s men won the game 31-17 and touched down in London, England on Monday morning. The 49ers have won four consecutive games and play the Jacksonville Jaguars overseas on Sunday.
Kodi Whitfield beat two defenders when he reached up with one hand on a leap and somehow managed to snatch a ball thrown by quarterback Kevin Hogan out of the sky. The seemingly impossible one-handed backhand snag gave the Cardinal a 10-3 lead over UCLA.
Whitfield’s catch helped beat a top-10 team and made every highlight reel in the nation. As spectacular as the catch was, the explanation was quite understated.
“Hogan gave me a chance,” Whitfield told the Associated Press. “I saw the ball and just thought, `Got to catch this.'”
Whitfield is the son of former Cardinal offensive lineman Bob Whitfield. He certainly didn’t look like a lineman on that play.
No. 3 – Sorry Harbaugh family, nobody has got it better than the Kansas City Chiefs: Just how good do Alex Smith and the Chiefs have it? Well, they are the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team and even their broken plays work to perfection. Here’s video proof:
No. 4 – Burnzie’s buzz for charity: The shaggiest man in Bay Area sports is about to get a much-needed trim. Brent Burns is adored by San Jose Sharks fans for his grizzled looks, but they’ll soon love him for another reason. Over the weekend, Burns announced that he will allow one of his teammates to give him a buzzcut and shave off his signature beard to benefit two charities — Defending the Blue Line and The Katie Moore foundation.
The trim will take place on November 1, and the fans who donate the most money will be allowed to watch in person.
Donations can be made at the Sharks Foundation website. His goal is to raise $5,000 for each of the charities involved.
No. 5 – The National League Championship Staredown: The spirit of competition ran a little too deep for the Dodgers and Cardinals on Friday night. Prior to NLCS Game 6, Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly and Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke locked eyes during the national anthem and an epic staredown commenced. The 12-minute challenge delayed first pitch and angered home plate umpire Greg Gibson. The two combatants insist the moment wasn’t premeditated and happened organically. Van Slyke may have held his pose longer, but the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 9-0 to advance to the World Series.
Three to see:
If you’ve made it this far, clearly you have some time on your hands. Here are three stories that you simply must see:
— Say what? Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (Vernon Davis’ brother) says they beat Peyton Manning by spending the week preparing to face Tom Brady. Oh, so that’s how it’s done. No wonder no one else could beat Manning.
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