Happy Monday everyone, here's my return from vacation Top 5 for July 13, 2009 from www.LenBermanSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
We've reached the All Star break in baseball. The game will be played tomorrow night in St. Louis. Tonight is the annual Home Run Derby.
The Dodgers and Red Sox have the best records in baseball.
23-year old Eun Hee Ji of South Korea wins the U.S. Women's Open. Only 3 American golfers finished in the top 12.
Lance Armstrong remained in third place after the weekend at the Tour de France. He is 8 seconds off the lead.
Brazilian police have accsued the wife of 37-year old former boxing champ Arturo Gatti of his murder this weekend.
2. The First Half
So here we are at the All Star Break. What a first half, hilited by A-Rod and Manny the steroid twins and lots of bitching about ticket prices. But you know what? The game's the thing. So if the Red Sox and Yankees meet in the playoffs all that other stuff will be forgotten. And then it will be brought right back up again should the Yankees meet Joe Torre's Dodgers in the World Series. A-Rod vs. Manny. Certainly a "juicy" matchup.
3. Twisted Logic
First Jason Kidd turned down an offer from the Knicks. And then Grant Hill said, no thanks. And to show you how sad the Knicks are, you can't say "it's the money." It's always the money in sports, but not this time. Grant Hill took a whole lot less to play for Phoenix. When it comes to the Knicks everything gets twisted, "why join em', if you can beat 'em."
4. The Emperor's Clothes
LeBron James is the king and don't you ever forget it. At his Skills Academy a college kid dunked over LeBron. Pretty cool huh? It never happened. Nope, the video was confiscated by Nike. They had apparently first discussed the matter with James. It doesn't make James look good. First he blew off handshakes after he lost in the playoffs and now this. I would think showing video of a kid dunking over LeBron would make him look human. But I guess kings aren't allowed to be embarrassed by the riff raff.
5. Somewhere Woody Hayes is Smiling
In a soccer game between Mexico and Panama, as a Panamanian player neared the sideline, the Mexican coach kicked him. All hell broke loose including ejections and fights in the stands. Of course the coach utilized his leg as a weapon. In soccer you're not allowed to use your hands.