Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 27, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com
1. Quick Hits
* The NFL lockout may have been lifted, but when players showed up yesterday, for the most part, there was nothing going on, so they left.
* In the NBA playoffs, Chicago ousted Indiana. And Kobe Bryant's ankle looked just fine as L.A. took a three games to two lead over New Orleans.
* In the NHL playoffs, the champion Blackhawks were beaten in overtime in game seven by Vancouver. Philadelphia won its game seven against Buffalo. Boston and Montreal will go to a seventh game.
* Tiger Woods has withdrawn from next week's tournament in Charlotte with what he calls minor knee and Achilles injuries. His status for the Players Championship the following week is unknown.
* Now we know the rules. University of Florida's star cornerback Janoris Jenkins was kicked off the team after this third arrest. Stars get three strikes.
* Former Miami Dolphin and team broadcaster Jim Mandich succumbs to cancer at the age of 62.
2. Off Limits
Score one for reporters. A Danish soccer coach didn't like the reporter's questions after a 4-0 loss so he smacked the reporter in the shoulder.
During the interview the coach said, "You can't expect me to answer your stupid questions." I admire the coach's honesty. Lots of our questions ARE stupid. He got fired the next day, nonetheless.
3. And That's a Bad Thing?
There's no doubt that baseball is moving toward more playoff teams in 2012. I happen to like it. It keeps more teams alive in a dreadfully long season, and what's the big deal with a quickie extra playoff series among two wild card teams? Well apparently it is a biggie. Some baseball people think it puts the division winners at a disadvantage since they're sitting around and waiting. Ballplayers are creatures of habit with pitching rotations and the like. I always thought rest, after a long grueling campaign was a good thing. Who knew?
4. A Modest Proposal
A Milwaukee Brewers fan named Robin thought it would be a good idea to bring a sign to the ballpark. It said, "Marry me Ryan" (Brewers star Braun), and she included her phone number. Bad idea. Hundreds of viewers saw her sign and started calling her cell phone and sending her text messages. When Ryan Braun himself decided to give her a call, her mailbox was full.
Back to the drawing board, Robin.
5. Tweet Tweet
Manchester United is one of the most beloved soccer teams on earth. So naturally, their players have taken to Twitter. Star Wayne Rooney joined just a couple of days ago, and already has over a quarter of a million followers. Then there's midfielder Darron Gibson. He joined up but it didn't go as planned. He was pilloried by United fans. One tweeted, "You are an abysmal excuse for a footballer." Wrote another, "Nothing would make me happier than if we sold you this summer. You're probably a nice bloke, but an awful footballer."
Gibson deleted his Twitter account after just 97 minutes.
Today's Birthday: Two great St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famers were born on this date. Rogers Hornsby. 1896. Enos Slaughter. 1916.
Bonus Birthday: Oscar Madison. The Odd Couple's Jack Klugman. 89.
Today in Sports: Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium. His number 3 was retired that day. 1947.
Bonus Event: Rocky Marciano retires as the undefeated (49-0) heavyweight champion. He was 32 years old. 1956.
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