Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots ...

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - PAGE 2 - Scott Ostler is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle colum­nist. Email: sostler @sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @scot­tostler

⏩ A cou­ple more things you didn’t know about Nick Mul­lens: He sleeps un­der the roller coaster at Great Amer­ica to prac­tice be­ing calm and re­laxed while ev­ery­one is scream­ing and pan­ick­ing . ... Mul­lens is a vol­un­teer barista at a Star­bucks, be­cause do­ing that helps him learn to shout out com­pli­cated, play­book­type ter­mi­nol­ogy un­der pres­sure.

⏩ It’s nice that Stephen Curry was given credit for help­ing Klay Thomp­son break Steph’s three-pointer record. But what did any­one ex­pect? Steph to freeze out Klay? A lot of NBA su­per­stars would do the same for their team­mates, but no team shares the glory like the War­riors.

⏩ Who had a bet­ter game last week, Klay or Nick? They’re both wild and crazy guys.

⏩ With the $100 mil­lion Mark Davis is pay­ing Jon Gru­den, the Raiders’ owner could have built a new sta­dium in Oak­land.

⏩ OK, I know you can’t build a foot­ball sta­dium for $100 mil, but that amount is more than 10 per­cent of what it would have taken to build the sub­bil­lion-dol­lar sta­dium Davis once said he would be happy with in Oak­land.

⏩ Usu­ally when a high-rolling loser comes to Ve­gas, the casi­nos set him up with a comp ho­tel room. With Davis, they’re giv­ing him a comp sta­dium.

⏩ Maybe this is a small thing, but 31 of the 32 NFL head coaches, start­ing an un­drafted rookie at quar­ter­back, would open the game with a run­ning play. Kyle Shana­han had Mul­lens drop back and pass. The rest is his­tory.

⏩ On the other hand: Shana­han says he hasn’t de­cided if Mul­lens will start the 49ers’ next game. What Shana­han should have said: “I’m not go­ing to make my de­ci­sion pub­lic yet.” Be­cause if he really isn’t sure Mul­lens will start that next game, Shana­han has no heart, no sense of the­ater, and no feel for the emo­tions of play­ers and fans.

⏩ Trade Jimmy Garop­polo to Chicago for Khalil Mack? Just a thought.

⏩ Garop­polo could be­come Wally Pipp Once Re­moved. (Google it, kids.)

⏩ One thing that’s very cool about the S.F. Gi­ants: They trea­sure and look af­ter their old stars. The decades-long love af­fair be­tween the team and Wil­lie McCovey was a beau­ti­ful thing, and they both ben­e­fited enor­mously.

⏩ We’ll never know if Joe La­cob and the War­riors were try­ing to weasel out of their debt to Oak­land or if they sin­cerely be­lieved they had a right to stop pay­ments on Or­a­cle Arena once they move out. But the ar­bi­tra­tor’s rul­ing, that the War­riors must pay the re­main­ing $40 mil­lion, is a karma gift to the city. Not just be­cause the War­riors are leav­ing, but be­cause be­tween ruth­less sports own­ers and clown­ish politi­cians, the cit­i­zens of The Town have been get­ting ripped off for decades.

⏩ Gru­den’s job would ap­pear to be safe through 2020. Mark Davis is still pay­ing Jack Del Rio for this sea­son and two more, and Davis prob­a­bly doesn’t want to have three head coaches on his pay­roll.

⏩ All those play­ers phon­ing Gru­den to say they’d love to play for the Raiders, I won­der how many of them are un­der 50. ⏩ And how many cur­rent Raiders are phon­ing Gru­den to ask if they can leave?

⏩ Bos­ton could run the ta­ble — World Se­ries, Su­per Bowl, Stan­ley Cup. Maybe two more op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bos­ton fans to shower their heroes with full cans of beer. That’s how they make it rain in Bos­ton. Ticker tape and con­fetti are for wimps.

⏩ The Gi­ants picked up their op­tion on Pablo San­doval. He’ll re­port to spring train­ing some­where be­tween 160 and 360 pounds.

⏩ His­tor­i­cal foot­note to the re­cent Pump­sie Green story by John Shea and my­self: You knew Pump­sie was the first black player on the Red Sox, the last team to in­te­grate, in ’59. Of the 17 men who broke the color bar­ri­ers on the 16 ma­jor-league teams, from Jackie Robin­son to Green, only four are still alive: Pump­sie, Chuck Har­mon (Reds, age 94), Nino Es­calera (Reds, age 88) and Ozzie Vir­gil (Tigers, age 86).

⏩ Schadenfreude is the Ger­man word for tak­ing joy from watch­ing the trou­bles of oth­ers. Alameda res­i­dent Jar­rett Moyer in­vented a new word for what many grumpy Raiders’ fans are feel­ing right now: Gru­den­freude.

⏩ On the 49ers-Raiders tele­cast, other than blimp shots, they didn’t show any shots of the crowd. Guess the net­works like to co­op­er­ate with the NFL and not em­bar­rass teams by show­ing empty seats.

⏩ World Se­ries TV rat­ings were down 25 per­cent from last year. One fac­tor: Other than the marathon game, the other four games av­er­aged 3.5 hours. Too lit­tle ac­tion packed into too much air time. Like a huge potato-chip bag that’s mostly air. New rule: Once the bat­ter leaves the on-deck cir­cle, he can’t re­fas­ten his Vel­cro gloves.

⏩ POTUS had time to tweet out a sec­ond-guess crit­i­cism of Dodger man­ager Dave Roberts’ strat­egy dur­ing the World Se­ries. Maybe af­ter next Tues­day’s midterms, the foot­ball-savvy prez will have time to send Gru­den sug­ges­tions on how to stop in­vaders, and to fire the 49ers’ take-a-knee cheer­leader (#DOB).

⏩ Cae­sars En­ter­tain­ment is of­fi­cially the “first Found­ing Part­ner of the Las Ve­gas sta­dium.” The press re­lease fea­tures an artist’s ren­der­ing of a lux suite in the Raiders’ new digs. It looks like a hos­pi­tal op­er­at­ing room, but with­out the warmth and charm. Maybe the sta­dium mo­tif is Chill Mod­ern.

⏩ Mean­while, the state of Ne­vada just an­nounced it is re­lo­cat­ing the Raiders’ new sta­dium slightly. To Win­nemucca.

Car­los Avila Gon­za­lez / The Chron­i­cle

Raiders quar­ter­back Derek Carr (4) shakes hands with 49ers quar­ter­back Nick Mul­lens on Thurs­day night af­ter Mul­lens leads his team to a 34-3 win over Oak­land at Levi's Sta­dium.

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