Weekend poll: Do you have confidence in 49ers backup quarterback Colt McCoy if Colin Kaepernick is injured?

Leading Off: Braun finds it's worse to be liar than cheat

Published: Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 29, 2013 - 6:48 am

This, that and the other thing:

• If nothing else, American sports fans are forgiving.

They'll forgive athletes who carry concealed guns and accidentally shoot themselves in the leg in a crowded nightclub.

They'll forgive athletes who cork a bat, steal a sign from a catcher or doctor a ball with Vaseline.

They'll even forgive athletes who admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to hit towering home runs or to help their aging bodies recover from injury faster.

But one thing sports fans will not forgive is a liar – ask Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.

He might as well change his name to "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and play the rest of his career in obscurity in some independent league in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains.

• With phone booths now as extinct as rotary dial phones, it's safe to say Colin Kaepernick doesn't change his clothes in one and is as mortal as any NFL quarterback.

Which means he's liable to be injured at some point this season, and that the 49ers' quest for a repeat Super Bowl appearance would be turned over to backup Colt McCoy – for one play, one game or much longer.

In three seasons with the Browns, McCoy was 6-15 as a starter, completed 58.3 percent of his passes, had a passer rating of 74.8 and threw 21 touchdowns in 702 attempts.

And 49ers fans didn't think they'd miss former starter-turned-backup Alex Smith.

What to watch

Baseball, Cubs at Giants, 6:05 p.m., Ch. 31: Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is 5-2 with a 1.84 ERA in his last seven starts.

Weekend poll

Do you have confidence in 49ers backup quarterback Colt McCoy if Colin Kaepernick is injured?

• Yes

• No

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

Friday's results

What do you think of surprise military first-pitch homecomings?

• It's a nice moment to witness: 69%

• As long as it's not done too often: 18%

• Just play ball already: 13%

Total votes: 247

Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.

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