Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 28, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Tonight is the NFL draft.
* NFL owners lose again in their bid to keep the lockout in place. The federal judge refused to issue a stay of her order lifting the lockout.
* In the NBA playoffs, Miami ousted Philadelphia in five games. Ditto Oklahoma City over Denver. San Antonio survived, but the Spurs still trail Memphis three games to two.
* The Knicks picked up their $14.2 million option on Chauncey Billups.
* In the NHL playoffs Boston eliminated Montreal, and Tampa Bay ousted Pittsburgh, both in a seventh game.
* Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has apologized for yelling anti-gay slurs at fans in San Francisco.
* Alice Ward passed away at the age of 79. She's the mom of Micky Ward of The Fighter fame. Melissa Leo won an Oscar portraying her.
2. Business as Unusual
So the NFL will put on a show tonight and stage their annual player draft as if nothing is going on. Let me get this straight. The league has locked out all the players, so they are going to draft some more players so they can lock them out too. There are lots of draft geeks who love to stage mock NFL drafts. Perfect. Mock is short for mockery.
3. Model Citizen
Wow, I never thought I'd read the name Ron Artest in the same sentence as citizenship award. Artest was at the center of the notorious "Malice in the Palace" brawl between Indiana and Detroit in 2004. He was suspended without pay for a total of 86 games. But seven years later, the sportswriters have voted him their Citizenship Award, for his good work off the court. He's raised over $650,000 for mental health charities. He even auctioned off his Lakers championship ring for the cause. The Top 5 is riddled with athletes doing bad stuff. So two cheers for a "bad guy" who turned things around.
4. O What a Stadium
They've sold the naming rights to the Oakland Coliseum where the A's and Raiders play. It'll be the Overstock.com Coliseum. OK, not as bad as Enron Field, but still a little tacky. At least if you go the Overstock.com, the web site not the stadium, you can get an additional 10% off select garden and patio furniture. I'm guessing that what you won't be able to get at Overstock.com are discount tickets or concession prices at A's and Raiders games. But that's just a guess.
They've got a new food item at the ballpark in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Kernels are offering a two-pound pretzel. My daughter the nutritionist tells me that's about 2840 calories, with close to 600 grams of carbohydrates or about 40 slices of bread. You're invited to give the jumbo pretzel a name. Is the name "It's like eating two whole loaves of bread at once" taken?
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