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Thursday, August 4, 2011
First and ten questions

By First Take staff
ESPN.com

FIRST DOWN

1. Merrill Hoge had some harsh criticism about Tim Tebow yesterday. Lebron James then came to the defense of Tebow on Twitter:

"Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice." "Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn't even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in. Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!"

Does LeBron have a point?

2. Let's put LeBron on the couch here. What is LeBron really saying?

3. Rory McIlroy spoke about Tiger and his chances at this week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational and had this to say: "No one expects him to come out and play well&it would be an unbelievable effort if he was to come back and compete. But I think just get through 72 holes and maybe finish top 20 would be a really good effort."

Smart or dumb to say this about Tiger?

SECOND DOWN

4. MLB is taking "very seriously" allegations that Alex Rodriguez took part in illegal, underground poker games and could face disciplinary action. Should A-Rod be suspended?

5. Ryan Clark spoke out again regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell:

"How often did you hear (former commissioner) Paul Tagliabue's name throughout the season?" Clark said. "I think (Goodell has) decided to make himself a major part of this game. I don't know if he had some type of high school dreams or Pop Warner dreams of being an NFL football player, but he's made himself the NFL. He is the most popular -- or infamous -- commissioner in sports right now, you know? Maybe that's what he wanted to be. We know he doesn't work for us, he doesn't work with us."

When all is said and done with the new CBA, Goodell seemingly will have the same power as before. Are you surprised that Goodell is retaining so much power?

THIRD DOWN

6. After Merrill Hoge criticized Tim Tebow yesterday, Tebow responded on Twitter: "Hey Merril...... 'ppreciate that" What does this say about Tebow?

7. Many are expecting an approval of the CBA by 4 p.m. ET today and we will finally move past the lockout. Which team won the offseason?

8. Tony Sparano spoke yesterday about the lack of support for QB Chad Henne by fans during training camp. Like it, love it or hate it?

FOURTH DOWN

9. Lions top draft pick Nick Fairley is expected to miss the next 3-4 weeks after having surgery on his injured foot. Will the Lions make the playoffs this season?

10. Charles Barkley spoke about Tiger Woods yesterday. Was Tiger right to dump Barkley?