Happy Groundhog Day everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 2, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com
1. Quick Hits
* Several of the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly went to a strip club after arriving in Dallas for the Super Bowl. Now that's a game plan.
* Patriots quarterback Tom Brady beats out Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as the AP offensive player of the year.
* A portion of the Wrigley Field roof blew off last night as the great blizzard of 2011 hit Chicago.
2. Super Bowl Media Day
Over 5,000 media credentials were issued for the Super Bowl, so needless to say there aren't a whole bunch of "exclusives" at media day. In fact, the media often times resorts to interviewing each other. Ines Sainz showed up yesterday. Remember her? She was the TV Azteca reporter at Jets camp who was treated unprofessionally. So why would reporters want to interview the Packers or Steelers? Interview the sexy lady instead.
I couldn't be prouder of my media brethren.
3. The Munson Awards
I had the honor of emceeing the 31st Thurman Munson Awards dinner last night. It's hard to believe Thurman has been gone so long. Among the honorees were Mike Piazza, Nick Swisher, Dr. J and gold medal winning figure skater Evan Lysacek.
A couple of notes. If Thurman Munson were alive today, he'd be a grandfather seven times over. Nick Swisher has an infectious personality. He loves fans, loves baseball, loves life. If only all athletes were like that. And Dr. J is featured in GQ this month as one of the top 25 coolest athletes of all time. If I were he, I'd demand a recount. He was the coolest. Period.
4. Popularity Contest
The Harris Poll again says pro football is the most popular American sport, beating out baseball 31% to 17%. Some other interesting findings. Men's golf and men's tennis both came in at 2% half of soccer's 4%. Beating out both golf and tennis was the 3% scored by "Not sure." Reminds me of the old line when we were in college. "What do you think about all the ignorance and apathy on campus?" "I don't know, and I don't care."
5. Political Football
More surveys. The Hollywood Reporter found that Republicans favor Green Bay on Sunday, Democrats tend to like Pittsburgh. Another survey, by something called Daily Kos, found that Tea Party members overwhelming pick the Packers. I have no idea what any of this means, but the Packers are the "people's team," publicly owned. Discuss among yourselves.
Happy Birthday: Baseball Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. 88.
Bonus Birthday: Christie Brinkley. 57.
Today in Sports: The birth of the red, white and blue basketball, the 3-point shot, and the slam dunk competition. The American Basketball Association is formed. 1967.
Bonus Event: They staged the first "shadow check" for a scrawny animal in Punxsutawney, Pa. By sheer coincidence, they did it on Groundhog Day. 1887.
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