Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for July 30, 2009 from www.LenBermanSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
Plaxico Burress testifies before a grand jury about shooting himself in the leg. He then told reporters he was "truly remorseful."
Loading up. The champion Phillies get Cy Young winner Cliff Lee from Cleveland.
The last Buick Open is underway in Grand Blanc Michigan today with Tiger Woods in the field. G.M. has dropped its sponsorship after 51 years.
The great Vin Scully is talking about coming back for one more season as Dodgers announcer. It would be his 61st.
2. Ship of Fools
The Baseball Hall of Fame has been the hot topic this week. While we've been debating Pete Rose, a quote from "Cooperstown Confidential: Heroes, Rogues and the Inside Story of the Baseball Hall of Fame" by Zev Chafets might be informative. He writes that as of 2007, the Hall included "a convicted drug dealer, a reformed cokehead who narrowly beat a lifetime suspension from baseball, a celebrated sex addict, an elders of Zion conspiracy nut, a pitcher who wrote a book about how he cheated his way into the Hall, a well-known and highly arrested drunk driver and a couple of nasty beanball artists." And that just included the living members. Now about that Hall of Fame character clause......
3. Sign of the Times
Talk about backing into the playoffs. Albany has made it into the post season in arenafootball2. That's the minor league version of arena football which is on hiatus. Don't ask. Albany got in because the Florida Firecats got eliminated. Florida's record was good enough, but their bill paying wasn't. Since they owed so much money, the league bounced them from the playoffs. Hey, so what if Albany had a losing record, they paid their bills on time so they're in the playoffs. We need to expand the standings to include wins, losses, ties and cleared checks.
4. A Golfing Tail
A dog in the UK named Bertie was walking a little funny, so his owners took him to the vet. X-rays showed the dog had been shot. During surgery they removed the bullet along with 9 golf balls that Bertie had swallowed while out on walks. If you're scoring at home, that's one tough dog, and 3 free sleeves of balls for his owners.
5. Line of the Week
From the National Lampoon Sports Minute on Twitter. "Former Knick Stephon Marbury said he recently saw Jesus in his shower. Apparently, Jesus appeared to tell Marbury he's insane.