The five things the Shortstop Grill proprietor likes the best about turning 50: Now have an excuse to wear relaxed waist jeans with expandable waist.Got plenty of ear and nose trimmers as gifts.Feel old enough now to warrant all those prep athletes calling us “Sir.”Don’t feel guilty buying prunes at the Farmers Market.Already got that AARP application in the mail. Now let’s get Grill-ing: It has been learned that former Stanford football players took recruits on several occasions to a San Francisco strip club. The competitive advantage gained obviously explains Stanford’s prowess of recent years. … There’s no joy at San Mateo Serra High School over the Patriots’ demise. After New England’s second Super Bowl victory, alum Tom Brady gave his MVP Cadillac to the school. … Peyton Manning can’t win the big one, but we love those MasterCard commercials he does. … On the other hand, now that the Eagles and Donovan McNabb are yesterday’s news, it could be time for those Campbell’s Soup commercials to go away. … As much as Manning has lost in the playoffs, we don’t think he’ll retire as a Dan Marino or Jim Kelly . He’ll win it all. Eventually. … Now Mike Vanderjagt knows what the Buffalo Bills mean about “wide right.” … The problem with criticizing your quarterback if you’re a placekicker (like Vanderjagt did several years ago) is you can never miss a big one, as Vanderjagt did. … Most overused and tired no-respect quote: “Nobody except the people in this room thought we could win this game.” … From the How Times Change Dept.: It was only three years ago the 49ers beat the Steelers so badly in San Francisco that Steeler fans were throwing their gear off the second deck of the stadium. … It’s not true that Colton football stars Allen Bradford and Shareece Wright chose USC because they already had so much maroon and gold gear. … By making an oral commitment to USC, Wright made good on his promise to attend a college “within four hours” of Colton. … Mike Holmgren might not be coaching the Seahawks if his wife had felt a little more at home in Green Bay. … Evidently former Ohio State star Maurice Clarett has read the Lawrence Phillips instructional book on how to self-destruct. … We like Troy Aikman and Joe Buck as broadcasters. Good info and analysis and not a lot of tomfoolery and announcers talking about themselves. … For the record the Super Bowl is at 3 p.m. (PST) Feb. 5 at Ford Field in Detroit. You can now start planning your Super Bowl parties. John Murphy is proprietor of the fictitious Shortstop Grill. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!