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• Has there been a more polarizing football player than Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel? The consensus is that Manziel will be a top-10 pick in today’s first round of the NFL draft, but other “experts” have him dropping out of the first round entirely. He’s considered a huge risk with the potential for huge reward if he lives up to the hype of the past two years. At the very least, Manziel would make a team like the Jaguars (No. 3) exciting and relevant.
• Even though the Raiders traded for Matt Schaub and proclaimed him their starting quarterback, would they really pass on Manziel if he’s available at No. 5? Figure they will, especially if reports are true that owner Mark Davis is smitten with Derek Carr of Fresno State. No one thinks Carr is a No. 5 pick, so maybe the Raiders will make a deal to move down and take Carr with a pick around No. 20 or thereabouts.
• On the surface, firing coach Mark Jackson seems to be a lame move by the Warriors. After all, they won 51 games this season and extended the highly emotional Clippers to seven games in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. But it makes more sense if reports are true that Jackson refused to move from Los Angeles, CEO Joe Lacob didn’t agree with Jackson’s in-game strategies and Jackson butted heads with Lacob and board member Jerry West. Seriously, who do you side with, Jackson or “The Logo”?
• We’ve never seen anything like the finish to the Giants-Pirates game Tuesday night. Of course, no one else has either. It was the first-ever expanded replay walk-off. The 2-1 loss also spoiled another masterpiece by Giants starter Tim Hudson, who pitched just the 18th complete game of the season – or 12 fewer than Catfish Hunter had with the Yankees in 1975.
– Tom Couzens
How will quarterback Johnny Manziel do in the NFL?
• Just average starter
• Career backup
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Were the Warriors justified in firing coach Mark Jackson?
• Yes: 36%
• No: 64%
Total votes: 138