Leading Off

10 pressing questions in the world of sports

▪ With four NFL playoff games this weekend, did the NFL get lucky or did it plan to save the best – Indianapolis at Denver – for last?

▪ With Peyton Manning and the Broncos hosting Andrew Luck and the Colts, will we witness a transition in quarterback supremacy?

▪ The 49ers have interviewed defensive coordinators Teryl Austin of the Detroit Lions and Todd Bowles of the Arizona Cardinals, but wouldn’t their own Vic Fangio be a better choice?

▪ If Fangio is promoted to head coach, is Kyle Shanahan really the best choice for coordinator to put some life back into the offense?

▪ If Rams owner Stan Kroenke builds a proposed stadium in Los Angeles and moves his team there, will the Raiders join them in L.A. or stay in Oakland?

▪ With Oregon and Ohio State playing in Monday’s College Football Playoff championship, do you think the over/under of 751/2 points is too low?

▪ If the Kings can win four of six games on their current homestand, will fans stop all the angst about Michael Malone’s firing?

▪ The Warriors have the best record in the NBA and are nearly on pace for 70 wins, but do they need the halfcourt offense in the playoffs?

▪ With the New York Knicks losing 14 consecutive games, do you wonder what Phil Jackson is doing?

▪ The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats appear unbeatable; should they replace the Knicks in the NBA?

– Tom Couzens


What to watch

NFL, Carolina at Seattle, 5:15 p.m., FOX40: Can Cam Newton and the Panthers’ exceptional defense pull off the inprobable upset at wild and crazy CenturyLink Field?

What to do

Boys high school basketball, Father Kelly Tribute, Jesuit, noon: You can see six games between top teams from this region against Bay Area teams.

Trending on Twitter

#STLNFL: St. Louis fights to keep the Rams after Kroenke announces plans to build a stadium in Los Angeles.

On this date

1982: Dwight Clark makes “The Catch,” a 6-yarder from Joe Montana with 51 seconds remaining, in the 49ers’ 28-27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC title game.