Leading Off

Leading Off: 10 pressing questions in the world of sports

• It’s bad enough the 49ers lost 23-3 to the Ravens in their preseason opener, but did the NFL have to sell the “red zone” to Toyota in such an obnoxious way?

• With this new intrusion on our senses, how long will it be before NFL fields look like Sprint Cup cars?

• Third baseman Pablo Sandoval has finally caught fire, so should the Giants sign him to the lucrative long-term contract he desires?

• Many A’s fans were opposed to trading Yoenis Cespedes; have they changed their minds after Jon Lester’s complete-game shutout Thursday?

• When Thunder forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the men’s national team Thursday, did you wonder if Pacers forward Paul George’s injury was on his mind?

• With Durant’s departure leaving coach Mike Krzyzewski just 16 players, will Kings center DeMarcus Cousins’ chance to make the 12-man roster improve?

• When the Kings made that trade with the Knicks on Wednesday, did you say, “Oh, no, not Travis Outlaw and Quincy Acy?”

• The Raiders figure they have a solid quarterback in Matt Schaub, but how soon will fans begin chanting “Derek Carr” if they get off to another slow start?

• Speaking of quarterbacks, why do the Bengals think Andy Dalton is worth $96 million over six seasons?

• If the Kings’ ownership group financially backs the Republic FC, will it convince Major League Soccer to grant Sacramento an expansion franchise?

– Tom Couzens


What to do

Soccer, OKC Energy FC at Republic FC, Bonney Field, 8 p.m.: It figures that fans should be more enthusiastic after this week’s developments about MLS.

Today’s poll

What’s the worst thing about preseason NFL football?

• Starters barely play.

• Stats don’t count in my fantasy league.

• “Toyota Red Zone”

• I don’t watch.

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Friday’s results

Who should be the next Hall of Fame inductee with Kings ties?

• Rick Adelman: 30%

• Vlade Divac: 20%

• Shaquille O’Neal: 19%

• Chris Webber: 31%

• Other: 1%

Total votes: 172