TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for May 27, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
- It'll be Miami and Dallas in the NBA Finals which begin Tuesday in Miami. The Heat beat Chicago 83-80 to win their series in five games.
- Hedge fund manager David Einhorn buys "less than a 49 per cent" interest in the Mets for 200 million.
- At the French Open, #2 Kim Clijsters was upset by 114th-ranked Arantxa Rus from Holland.
- For soccer fans, tomorrow is a big deal. Manchester United is playing Barcelona in the Champions League final.
- Here's a shocker. Now they're investigating the head honcho of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, in connection with the bribery scandal involving the awarding of World Cup venues.
2. Tiki Kooky
Tiki Barber doesn't know when to shut up. He told Sports Illustrated that when he was hiding out from the media, it was akin to Anne Frank hiding during World War II. Oh. And why was Tiki hiding out? Because his wife was pregnant with twins, and he was fooling around with his girlfriend. Yup, it doesn't get any more Nazi-esque than that.
3. Start Your Engines
In Sunday Indy 500, once again it will be LADIES and gentlemen start your engines. There are four women in the race, but the only one you know is Danica Patrick. Her people have crafted her image carefully to combine her great looks with her terrific driving ability. After all, there was never a godaddy.com commercial that featured Richard Petty or driving champ Jimmie Johnson taking a shower. But there is for Danica Patrick. Check it out, gentlemen. Now you can start your engines.
4. Friday eMailbag
Lots of comments about Fred Wilpon's quotes to the New Yorker. L.S. on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5" writes, "How does that get fans back into the park? How does that motivate players? Answer is, it does none of that. Steinbrenner didn't get seven rings because he yelled a lot. He got seven rings because he was willing to spend the money, and because he held people accountable." And from R.B., also on Facebook, "I am very upset with Fred. Upset that he didn't bash Jason Bay as well."
Editor's Note: You can't please anyone these days.
When I asked if there will ever be another Triple Crown winner in horse racing, T.N. responded, "Well, it has been since 1967 when MLB had a Triple Crown winner, so will baseball ever see another Triple Crown winner?"
Editor's Note: Excellent question.
From R.B. "After the latest accusation against Lance Armstrong regarding his alleged used of PEDs, isn't it about time to rename the French cycling event... the "Tour-de-Farce?"
When I mentioned a minor league game that went 23 innings, B.C. wrote, "What's the big deal about a 5-hour, 37-minute game? Jorge Posada used to be take that much time walking back and forth to the mound every time the Yankees played the Red Sox."
And D.L. on Facebook wrote last Saturday night, "It's almost 9pm & the world did not come to an end. I am sure happy about it. I did not want to miss the Preakness & the Yanks vs. Mets game."
Editor's Note: Now there's a Top 5 subscriber with his priorities in order.
5. Spanning The World
This week's Spanning the World highlight comes from a Radford University baseball game. Actually it's the rain delay portion of the program.
Baseball and jousting. Who knew?
Happy Birthday: The Big Hurt, former slugger Frank Thomas. 43.
Bonus Birthday: Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. 88.
Today in Sports: A Spanning the World classic. Minor leaguer Rodney McCray goes crashing through the outfield wall in Portland trying to catch a fly ball. And nobody got hurt! 1991.
Bonus Event: The Cleveland Indians started the season so poorly, that owner Bill Veeck staged a second "opening day" with all the festivities. It worked. Cleveland shutout the White Sox 4-0. 1949.
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