Leading Off

10 pressing questions in the world of sports

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) reacts to a sliding catch in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in San Francisco.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) reacts to a sliding catch in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in San Francisco. jvillegas@sacbee.com

▪ The Giants’ Madison Bumgarner was named MVP of the National League Championship Series, but what about Travis Ishikawa?

▪ Bumgarner pitched two superb games and had a 1.72 ERA against the Cardinals, but where would the Giants be without Ishikawa’s three-run triple in Game 3 and three-run homer in Game 5?

▪ Beyond Bumgarner and Ishikawa, what about Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who batted .400 and had a critical defensive stop in the Game 3 victory?

▪ And if the award was for Most Valuable Person, should Giants manager Bruce Bochy be the winner?

▪ During the postgame interview Thursday, should Buster Posey’s wife have taken issue with Erin Andrews for telling their 3-year-old son to “get it together?”

▪ If the surprising Giants can win another World Series, how about the Kings making the playoffs?

▪ The 49ers’ defense has allowed the second-fewest yards (287.2) and points (207.3); how good will they be when NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith return?

▪ When the Broncos’ Peyton Manning becomes the career leader in touchdown passes, will he be considered the greatest quarterback of all time?

▪ Both are undefeated and a win for either would be huge in their pursuit of college football’s first playoffs, but will any fans outside Tallahassee, Fla., root for the No. 2 Seminoles over No. 5 Notre Dame?

▪ With all the NASCAR fisticuffs last week, will Sunday’s restrictor plate race at Talladega Superspeedway unleash more of the same?

– Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com


What to watch

College football, Notre Dame at Florida State, 5 p.m., Ch. 10: The winner takes a major step toward the playoffs.


Weekend poll


Friday’s results

Should the Giants re-sign Sergio Romo?

▪ Yes, he’s still a good relief pitcher: 71%

▪ No, he can’t get the big outs: 28%

Total votes: 281

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