Tuesday, August 16, 2011
First and ten questions
By First Take staff
1. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looked sharp, completing 6-of-7 passes last night vs. Houston. In an article in GQ magazine he said he "wanted to fight" Rex Ryan after New York's coach said he would consider benching him after a tough stretch of games last season. Are you buying Sanchez as a leader?
2. Those close to Chris Johnson say he wants to be paid as one of the top playmakers in the league -- not just for running backs. Does Johnson deserve top-player money?
3. Jim Thome hit his 599th and 600 home runs last night. Is he a Hall of Famer?
4. Tom Brady still laments the loss to the Jets in last year's playoffs. Is Brady a prisoner of the moment?
5. Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano says he'd like to pitch again for Chicago and was simply frustrated when he told club personnel he wanted to retire after his most recent start. Would you let him pitch again?
6. Last night Rex Ryan freaked out when the Jets were caught with 12 men on the field, which led Ryan to throw his head set and forced him to call a time out. Is this real anger or real acting?
7. Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has a "no franchise tag" clause in his contract which could allow him to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Who are you paying -- Fitzgerald or Chris Johnson?
8. Convicted felon Nevin Shapiro gave gifts and services -- such as use of a yacht -- to former University of Miami Hurricane football players while they were attending school, his attorney said Monday to the Miami Herald. Also, a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation told Pat Forde of ESPN.com that NCAA investigators are in Miami today conducting interviews as part its probe. In the past year several teams have been investigated and punished by the NCAA. Is it easier or harder today to cheat in college sports?
9. Which is more impressive: 600 home runs or 3,000 hits?
10. Last Thursday night during a celebrity hockey game in Minnesota, 11-year-old Nick Smith was given the chance of a lifetime after purchasing a $10 raffle ticket. All he had to do was sink the puck from center ice into a three-and-a-half-inch cutout and the $50,000 prize would be his. But when Nick's name was called, the boy was outside of the arena. So, Nick's identical twin brother, Nate, stepped up to the plate. He shot. He scored. The crowd went wild. The next day the dad admitted that Nate took the shot. The insureance company will decide it they will award the money. Would you give the money back?