Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 29, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The NFL players will not stage an alternate event to upstage the NFL draft.
* Barry Bonds' former mistress testified yesterday that Bonds blamed a 1999 elbow injury on steroid use.
* Notre Dame and Stanford advance to the women's Final Four. As a result, all four teams will be either #1 or #2 seeds. Contrast that with the men, where no #1s or #2s survived.
2. Consolation Prize
I love to see the results of the contests we run. Kind of like my own private polling service. Based on my NCAA contest, Kansas should have won the NCAA tournament with Ohio State a close second. And we all know how that turned out. And in my consolation contest (see below) you guys think U-Conn will win it all. I would have thought Kentucky, but the Wildcats are your third choice. Vegas oddsmakers agree with me, which is a scary thought. Butler is actually #2 with Top 5 subscribers with VCU cleaning up the rear. Just another example of what makes this tournament so special, and why if you bet on sports you are nuts!
3. Roar Lion Roar
From subscriber Anderson H. "VCU lost to Northeastern, Northeastern lost to Drexel, Drexel lost to UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Wilmington lost to NC A&T , NC A& T lost to Maryland Eastern Shore, and Maryland Eastern Shore lost to Columbia. That means Columbia should be the the national champs!"
Actually, VCU hasn't won anything yet, and Columbia lost to Longwood U. Huh? They're from Virginia. Figures.
4. Singing their Praises
Someone called @nygrumpy on Twitter passed this along. It's sure to annoy Yankee haters. According to @nygrumpy (probably her father) she's 7 years old and her name is Molly. She sings "It's a Yankee Life," to the tune of "It's the Hard-Luck Life," from Annie.
It starts off cute, then I got to wondering: if her parents put her up to this, does that constitute child abuse?
Subscriber Rob B. has a great idea. When he saw the item yesterday that Cameron Diaz was planning to make a romantic baseball comedy starring her boyfriend A-Rod, Rob suggested a sequel to the 30s Joe E. Brown comedy, Alibi Ike. He would call it Alibi A-Rod. Any other title ideas?
Happy Birthday: Knicks great and current broadcaster Walt "Clyde" Frazier. 66.
Bonus Birthday: Supermodel Elle MacPherson. 48.
Today in Sports: A dark day in Baltimore. The Colts sneak out of town in the middle of the night and move to Indianapolis. 1984.
Bonus Event: A much better exit. The last U.S. troops leave South Vietnam. 1973.
*Second chance! Here's my Top 5 mini contest for the Final Four. Predict the winner of the championship game, and the school they will beat. And for the tiebreaker, the final score. (Yes, the 2011 men's tournament and Division I for all you nitpickers, and you know who you are.) Enter here.
Here's a great idea to get you in the mood for baseball season, my kids (of all ages) book The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.
Let the debates begin!
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