Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for May 17, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Oh joy. An appeals court keeps the NFL lockout in place.
* Remember that terrible Red Sox start? They now have one more win than the Yankees.
* K.C. pitcher Vin Mazzaro gave up a Major League record 14 runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 19-1 loss to first place Cleveland. He was promptly sent to the minors.
* Cue the ping pong balls. The NBA draft lottery is tonight.
* Tiger Woods expects to play in next month's U.S. Open.
2. Are Golfers Juicing?
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says they may test for human growth hormone, HGH. Actually, they'll be forced to when golf arrives at the 2016 Olympics. A prominent sports doctor tells me that HGH may be golf's hidden secret. As you know, the rumors have swirled around Tiger Woods, not only because of his ripped physique, but because of his involvement with a Canadian doctor who is under investigation for performance enhancing drugs. The doctor I spoke with wonders if Tiger's latest injuries are somehow related to all this. We'll probably never know. To this day, HGH testing is a crap shoot. But it's just one more question mark about a sports career that used to be bullet proof.
3. Your Turn
Clearly the Jorge Posada issue is high on your list. Lots of you weighed in.
* Bill K. "Your true character shows when you are struggling. It's easy to be a great guy and team player when you are winning and playing well. Sad showing Jorge."
*Richard W. "I can't believe Yankee fans gave him a standing ovation. This is a guy who essentially quit on his team in their biggest series of the season thus far against their main rival."
*But from Dennis M. "Posada has been a great team player for 15 years and world class citizen, so maybe being human and making a bad decision isn't the great sin people are making it out to be."
4. Is it Real or Memorex?
You guys really liked this video. Lots of comments when I asked it it's real? Steve H. on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5" throws cold water on the whole deal. He says it's part of the Gillette Young Guns campaign. "Their name is plastered all over."
Oh well, that'll be a big disappointment to the viewers who also thought this was real, and not a Nike commercial.
What next, there's really no tooth fairy?
5. Pig Sty
The independent St. Paul Saints are owned in part by Mike Veeck, whose father Bill was the original baseball showman. It was Bill who had the midget, Eddie Gaedel, bat for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. Anyway, each year they have a pig mascot in St. Paul and this year's winning entry to name the pig is Justin Bieboar. Handsome, no? He's in good company with past winners like Kevin Bacon and Boarack Obama. Calls to mind the story Joe Garagiola tells of a baseball game at a county fair. A fair ball down the line is eaten in foul territory by the prize-winning pig. The umps gather and finally issue their ruling. "Inside the pork home run." Thanks for coming everyone. Drive home safely.
Happy Birthday: Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. 55.
Bonus Birthday: Same day, same year. Actor/comedian/host Bob Saget. 55.
Today in Sports: David Wells of the Yankees pitches a perfect game. He claimed he was hung over at the time. Nice. 1998.
Bonus Event: In front of 10,000 fans, they ran the Kentucky Derby for the first time. A field of 15 horses. Aristides was the winner. 1875.
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