Leading Off

10 pressing questions in the world of sports

Phoenix’s Marcus Morris and Eric Bledsoe react as the Kings’ Omri Casspi celebrates their double overtime victory on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ.
Phoenix’s Marcus Morris and Eric Bledsoe react as the Kings’ Omri Casspi celebrates their double overtime victory on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in Phoenix, AZ. AP

▪ If the Kings win at least two of the four games on their current trip and come home 6-3 or better, will it be too early to start thinking about the playoffs?

▪ Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been on his best behavior, but do you also wonder how long he will be able to put up with being antagonized?

▪ The Kings have been in search of a “leader” for years; have they found one in forward Rudy Gay?

▪ Speaking of leaders, how impressed are you with new point guard Darren Collison?

▪ Frank Gore proclaimed this week: “We’re going to the playoffs.” Wouldn’t the 49ers have a better shot if coach Jim Harbaugh used the veteran running back more?

▪ If the 49ers lose to the Saints on Sunday – they’re four-point underdogs – and drop to 4-5, how realistic are their playoff chances?

▪ With remaining games against the Broncos (two), Chargers, Chiefs (two), Rams, 49ers and Bills, is it likely the Raiders will go 0-16 this season?

▪ If the Raiders fail to win a game, will that help or hurt their chances of landing a new stadium deal in Oakland?

▪ Pablo Sandoval had another solid season – followed by a record-setting postseason – but is he worth the reported $20 million or more per year the Giants would need to pay to keep him?

▪ After quarterback Brian Hoyer led the Cleveland Browns to a convincing 24-3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, did you also ask, “Johnny who?”

– Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com


What to watch

College football, Alabama at LSU, 5 p.m., Ch. 13: Will the Tide move into the national playoffs picture with a convincing victory on the road?


Weekend poll


Friday’s results

Do you like all the

shortened names used

in baseball?

▪ Yes, it adds to the fun of the game: 39%

▪ No, it’s not Little

League: 60%

Total votes: 61

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