Poll

What is your favorite Sleep Train Arena slogan?

Leading Off: Annual Big Game isn't so big this season

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 - 8:07 am

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• There's a big game this weekend, but it's not going to get much attention this week with the Giants battling the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and the 49ers playing the Seahawks on Thursday. Yes, the annual Big Game – Stanford at Cal – is Saturday (noon, FOX40). It's unfortunate the game was moved from late November, when it's always been played and should be played. Obviously, the Pacific-12 Conference doesn't care too much about tradition. As Cal coach Jeff Tedford told the San Jose Mercury News: "This is getting a little bit out of hand. Traditions are not even thought of anymore."

• That was quite a thumping the New York Giants put on the 49ers. There won't be much time for coach Jim Harbaugh and company to figure out what happened. The Seahawks come to Candlestick Park on Thursday (5:20 p.m., NFL Network) for an NFC West showdown. The best cheap shot we heard: The 49ers should be plenty rested, because they didn't show up against the Giants. Ouch.

• It's good news that the Kings landed Sleep Train – a local company – as the name for their arena, but we can't help but wonder about the jokes if the Kings don't make their offense more exciting this season. How about: "Welcome to Sleep Train Arena, your ticket to a two-hour nap." Or: "Where the home players have more spring."

What to watch

Baseball, N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 5:07 p.m., TBS: With ace Justin Verlander pitching, the Tigers aim to take a 3-0 series lead.

Today's poll

What is your favorite Sleep Train Arena slogan?

• "Your ticket to a two-hour nap"

• "Where the home players have more spring"

• "Where the home team always sleepwalks"

• "All aboard the K-train to the playoffs

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

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