Darting here and there ...

Û Intriguing quarterback tale of the tape for Seahawks-49ers: Starters Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are making roughly $1.7 million combined in salary this year. Backups Alex Smith and Matt Flynn? A joint $13.5 million manning the clipboards. Pro sports at its finest.

Û Then there's the other intriguing quarterback tale of the tape: Kaepernick 6-foot-5, Wilson 5-foot-11. Hey, if it really is a game of inches, big advantage Niners.

Û Sweet little Kaepernick rap video by that 5-year-old Sacramento girl -- the tats were a nice touch -- but clearly they didn't tell her the truth about David Akers "kickin' 'em through."

Û Memo to Jim Harbaugh: Even cowboys get hurt. Quite often, actually. Justin Smith is essential to the 49ers in the playoffs, pardnah, not now. Hogtie him to the bench, if necessary.

Û Even though we know very little about Ricky Jean Francois, Smith's possible replacement, it should come as no surprise at all that his nickname is "Frenchy." Now we may get to see if he can deliver some French licks.

Û Giants fans will be watching the 49ers-Seahawks game pensively, if only to catch a glimpse of Tim Lincecum and find out if he really did cut his hair short.

Û They may not exchange Christmas cards, but Harbaugh and Pete Carroll have common seasonal ground: In back-to-back years, each dumped receiver Braylon Edwards in December.


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Û Pretty amazing that against a team that hadn't lost a home game in December in 10 years, the 49ers essentially beat the Patriots twice in Foxboro on the same night. It made the victory doubly impressive.

Û No West Coast bias required: Even with New England's second-half comeback, the 49ers still outscored the AFC East 147-50 this year while going 4-0. Wow.

Û It's both high praise and stinging indictment that Sebastian Janikowski stands as the Raider of the Decade. Unless you want to go with the punter, which is an even greater indictment.

Û A guy who wants to be called Hiro must be destined for at least one walk-off pie, wouldn't you think?

Û Hiroyuki Nakajima admitted he saw Brad Pitt in "Moneyball," which may explain the Billy Beane "extremely sexy and cool" comment. He probably thought the guy sitting next to him on the dais Tuesday was David Forst.

Û In case you missed it, Giants exec Bobby Evans said on KNBR this week that the Giants were never in on Ichiro Suzuki with a contract offer. That rumor never translated, quite honestly.

Û Hall of Fame ballot submitted, and for the first time in 20 years of voting, a maximum 10 names check-marked: Morris, Smith, Raines, Trammell, McGwire (all holdovers) along with Bonds, Clemens, Biggio, Piazza, Bagwell. And no hand-wringing whatsoever.

Û And yes, if we could vote for Pete Rose, we would. It's about his playing career, not whatever he did while managing.

Û For those who remember Sonny Parker during his six years with the Warriors (we do, fondly), it's a shame Stanford lost out to Duke for his son Jabari if he can run, jump and defend like the old man did.

Û It's sounding as though Steve Nash won't be making his return to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday against the Warriors. A break for Golden State, maybe, but it robs the game of its "event" feel.

Û Ah well, at least Dwight Howard will be suited up. Last time he played at Oracle, he shot an NBA-record 39 free throws. Grease those foul lines.

Û If he stays as long as he says he wants to after signing a new extension, David Shaw will be the longest-tenured and very likely the winningest coach in Stanford history before 2020. Pop Warner coached the most games at the school -- 96 -- with a win percentage of 71-17-8 (.781). Shaw is 22-4 over two seasons (.846).

Û Shaw already has more wins as Stanford coach than Walt Harris and Buddy Teevens combined to win in five seasons (16). In other words ... keeper.

Û Nice rebound by San Jose State after losing Mike MacIntyre to Colorado. Ron Caragher has a good-looking track record, appears to have MacIntyre-like energy and he's a native. Trifecta that should pay off.

Û Finally, another doomsday averted. Now that the Mayans have miscalculated, guess that means the Dodgers are really going to have to pay all those guys.

Contact Carl Steward at csteward@bayareanewsgroup.com. More darting on Twitter @stewardsfolly.