Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 22, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com
1. Quick Hits
2. March Madness
- We're down to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tourney. I would have done better with my choices by throwing darts blind folded.
- Tiger Woods granted TV interviews to the Golf Channel and ESPN yesterday. His posture is that he screwed up but if you're expecting lurid details, forget it.
- Yankee fans can forget about getting Twins MVP catcher Joe Mauer next season. He signed an 8-year184 million extension with Minnesota.
- Dodgers broadcast legend, 82-year old Vin Scully, returned to the broadcast booth yesterday in Phoenix after being hospitalized overnight for a Thursday fall at his home.
Northern Iowa? St. Mary's? Washington? Cornell? Did anyone have all four in their Sweet 16? A total of 4.78 million people entered the ESPN pool, and by last night there were no perfect brackets left. Just 4 people had 15 of the 16 remaining teams. I, like the President, picked Kansas to win it all. Hopefully health care works out better for him.
3. The Shot
Say, "The Shot" in college basketball and you might get different answers.
* Duke's Christian Laettner against Kentucky in 1992.
* Lorenzo Charles winning Jimmy Valvano his National Championship for North Carolina State against Houston in 1983.
*Tyus Edney's coast to coast buzzer beater for UCLA vs. Missouri in 1995.
* U.S. Reed's have court heave for Arkansas to beat Louisville in 1981.
They don't come around that often. But Saturday, with Northern Iowa nursing a one point lead over the top ranked team in the country Kansas, Ali Farokhmanesh was wide open. Instead of eating clock, he calmly swished a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left to kill Kansas. If you happen to be hanging around the state of Iowa, let's say in the next hundred years or so, you can safely call it, "The Shot."
4. The Johnnies
Even having gone to Syracuse, I have a soft spot for St. John's basketball. The late Joe Lapchick was the first sports figure I ever interviewed on radio. What a class act, as is Lou Carnesecca. From all accounts, Norm Roberts is too. But he got fired the old fashioned way, for not winning. How sad is it that people feel he didn't succeed because he played by the rules? Will St. John's ever recapture the glory years of Chris Mullin, Walter Berry, Mark Jackson, Bill Wennington et al? Probably not, if all the NYC kids continue to go elsewhere. But I for one, will be rooting for them.
It'll be Jewish Family Night at Wednesday's New Jersey Nets game. Sacramento is in town, and the Kings feature Israeli born Omri Casspi. Seats cost as little as $18, the Hebrew symbol for life, and Jewish sports celebrities will be on hand. Hey, whatever will attract the fans. The Nets current record is 7-62, which is the NBA symbol for pathetic.
Happy Birthday: NBA forward Marcus Camby. 36.
Bonus Birthday: Actress Reese Witherspoon. 34.
Today in Sports: The Yanks and Red Sox make a trade. Danny Cater for Sparky Lyle. Yup, the Red Sox got the raw end of that deal too. 1972.
Bonus Event: We finally have a need for Amazon.com. The Gutenberg Bible is the first printed book. 1457.