Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 3, 2009 from LenBermanSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
Tiger Woods wins the Buick Open against a bunch of guys you probably never heard of. The final major of the year, the PGA Championship, is in two weeks at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
Mixed signals coming from Patriot-land. The owner says they're not interested in Michael Vick, the coach indicates they're not ruling it out.
More steroid intrigue from Fenway. The Boston Globe reports two Red Sox security staffers were fired last year in a steroid investigation.
The record is safe. They needed 1,924 women in the U.K. to set the world record for most women photographed in bikinis in the same place. They fell a tad short. Only 42 showed up. To quote a British newspaper: "The record attempt is a bust."
2. Jose Can you Seer?
So what did he mean exactly? Jose Canseco, the "Deep Throat" of the steroid era came up with this beauty. "Major League Baseball is going to have a big, big problem on their hands when they find out they have a Hall of Famer who's used." Let's discuss. Does that mean a juicer is already in the Hall of Fame? Or is he talking generically about the future? He won't name names this time. Maybe its one of those Nostradamus things. Or maybe not. That's the beauty of Jose Canseco. Or maybe not.
3. The Yankee Captain
It's hard to comprehend that it was 30 years ago yesterday Yankee catcher Thurman Munson was killed practicing takeoffs and landings in Canton Ohio. I was in the crowd a few days later with a camera crew when the Yankees played the Orioles the night of the funeral. Fans wept openly in the stands. I never formally met Thurman, but I've hosted the Thurman Munson Awards dinner for years. He left behind a wonderful wife and three children who are all adults now. His family legacy is as special as his baseball's.
4. Timing is Everything
Last Friday, Cleveland traded catcher Victor Martinez to Boston. The next night was Victor Martinez bobblehead night in Cleveland. Fans got free bobblehead dolls of their former player. Saturday was also "Turn Back the Clock Night." I guess they were turning it back to a couple of days before when Martinez actually played in an Indians uniform.
5. Genius of the Week
Here's our clubhouse leader for genius of the week. A Michigan man has been charged with assault and battery. He got upset during a game of Monopoly and allegedly slapped his friend damaging her glasses. Her offense? She wouldn't sell him Boardwark and Park Place. If the court had a sense of humor they'd send him directly to jail without passing Go.
Happy Birthday: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. 32.
Bonus Birthday: Astoria New York native and singing great Tony Bennett. 83.
Today in Sports: The birth of dunks, King LeBron and Shaqalicious. The NBA is formed. 1949.
Bonus Event: Christopher Columbus started all this. He left Spain with 3 boats. 1492.
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