Stephen A. Smith professes love for JV, reacts to Yankees Game 1 loss to Houston Astros

Thursday on First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Jessica Mendoza react to the Astros win over the Yankees in game one of the ALCS, discuss how important it is for the Yankees to avoid going down 0-2 in the series, and point to the Astros ability to record strikeouts as a key moving forward.

Plus, Stephen A. talks about how much he loves watching Justin Verlander pitch, and much more!

In the longer video below, Stephen A. talks about his love for Verlander. Video above is a shorter clip.

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Deshaun Watson will make his Cleveland Browns debut this Sunday against his former team at NRG Stadium. Watson has completed his suspension from the NFL for alleged sexual misconduct with dozens of massage therapists, and this Sunday will be the first game he has played in 700 days.

The Browns sit at 4-7 hoping Watson will be the spark the team needs to stack some wins and get into the Wild Card race. The Texans are still searching for their second win of the season, and many believe the team will be hiring another head coach come January.

With this in mind, who has the worst reputation? The Texans or Deshaun Watson?

It seems like an easy answer with Watson's legal troubles, but upon further review, the answer has to be the Texans. The Texans have hired two consecutive coaches that no other NFL team even interviewed. It seems like no quality candidates have any interest in coaching the Texans. Watson, however, had teams lining up for his services when the Texans decided to trade him.

Be sure to check out the video above as we dive into this topic and make a convincing case, as crazy as it sounds, that Watson is perceived to have a better reputation.

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