Huffpost New York
The Blog

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Len Berman Headshot

Len Berman's Top 5 Sports Stories

Posted: Updated:

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 6, 2009 from LenBermanSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

The Red Sox and Yankees begin a 4 game series tonight at Yankee Stadium. (See #3)

The highlight of yet another loss for the Kansas City Royals, was a cat running around the field in fair territory. A one minute feline delay in the 5th inning.

Phil Mickelson returns to the golf tour today in Akron Ohio after a six-week absence. He said his wife and mother are doing well in their fight against breast cancer.

The New York Observer reports that once again Roger Federer will stay in his $3,075 per night suite at the Carlyle Hotel during the U.S. Open. He'll rest his head on custom R.F. monogrammed pillows.

2. You're the Mann

So if you had to choose a player who should be the highest-paid player in NFL history, who would you pick? If you had to choose the greatest quarterback in NFL history, who would he be? How about the best quarterback now playing? Where would Eli Manning rank on your three lists? Doesn't matter. He is now numero uno. A $97.5-million extension over 6 years. See what one little Super Bowl victory in New York can do for your bank account?

3. World War III

You've got it all in the Bronx tonight. The Yankees begin their series with the Red Sox leading Boston by 2 1/2 games. Before it's over, it could be a battle for first place. Throw into the mix David Ortiz being outed for performance enhancing drugs. Red Sox ownership tweaking the Yankees over their "Yankee Universe" slogan. And then there's the minor detail that Boston is 8-0 vs. the Yankees this season. I think the umps are going to have their hands full as soon as a batter gets drilled by a pitch. Maybe to set the mood, Muhammad Ali is being honored before the game.

4. Huh?

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith ran up lots of hills in the off season. He said " I wanted more lower-body explosion." Hmm. He wanted diarrhea?

5. You Cannot be Serious!

They think they've finally found the next British Wimbledon champ. There's a kid in Leicestershire named Jonah Ziff. They love his forehands, backhands and serves and they're impressed that he beats players who are 4 years older. Jonah is 2 and still wears diapers, so no need for potty breaks during his matches.

Happy Birthday: The Admiral, former NBA center David Robinson. 44.
Bonus Birthday: Punky Brewster. Actress Soleil Moon Frye. 33.

Today in Sports: The Pirates Willie Stargell hits the first fair ball completely out of Dodger Stadium (506 feet). 1969.
Bonus Event: The atom bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. 1945.