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TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for June 10, 2011 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

* Dallas won game 5 of the NBA Finals 112-103, so the Mavericks can win the championship Sunday night in Miami.
* Who's your daddy now? The Red Sox swept the Yankees at Yankee Stadium for the second time this season. This morning's final was 8-3. The game ended at 1:43 a.m. thanks to a three hour 27 minute rain delay.
* What about Bob? Oakland has fired manager Bob Geren. Bob Melvin takes over. Yes sirree Bob, the last place As lost to the White Sox 9-4 anyway.

2. Moneyball

This may be the season that seriously tests the Yankees resources. OK, we know they have deep pockets, but how deep are they willing to dig into them? Their "unbeatable bullpen" is now in shambles. Joba Chamberlain needs Tommy John surgery. This on top of a starting rotation that needs serious reinforcements if they are to contend in the postseason. I'm sure all the other teams are weeping. Maybe they'll pass the hat?

3. Uniform Violation

Don't you wonder about who's inside those mascot costumes? I always assumed that often times they are dirty old men hugging all the women they could get their hands on. But in England, it turns out, it's quite the opposite. Tracy Chandler is the only woman inside a costume in British soccer. She is Donny Dog for the Doncaster Rovers. She posed out of costume, in her lingerie, to raise money for a children's charity. Just in case you're interested, here's the picture.

Her bosses weren't very charitable and she was given the boot. the mother of three was devastated. But alas, there's a happy ending. The team has relented and given Tracy her job back. Maybe they realized that the exposure wasn't really all that bad for the team, so to speak.

4. Friday eMailbag

E.G. asks a great question in light of the BCS stripping USC of its 2004 national championship. "Over 77,000 people attended that Orange Bowl, which was advertised as the BCS championship. Can those 77,000 people sue the NCAA to get their money back -- with interest?"
Editor's Note: I'd love to see that lawsuit.

As for fans who think LeBron James with no championships is a better player than Michael Jordan with 6, T.P. writes on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5," "This reminds me of the delusional Red Sox fans who think the Yankees 27 championships do not beat their 7."

K.D. on Facebook, "The reason that the Padres drafted Kyle Gaedele (great nephew of baseball's famous dwarf Eddie Gaedel), is because Petco Park is huge, so you need to play 'small ball.'"
Editor's Note: Ah, a little humor there.

As for tennis player Francesa Schiavone having sex the night before a big match, D.P. writes, "I think they scored it sex-love, sex-love."
Editor's Note: But only if you're scoring at home.

5. Spanning The World

This week's Spanning the World highlight is a "distant replay." When I saw what happened at Shea Stadium in 1975 (see Bonus Event below), I went searching for video. I found this hilarious report from Walter Cronkite.

Happy Birthday: Former San Diego Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts. 60.
Bonus Birthday: That other guy. The guy who tags along with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip. 90.

Today in Sports: The youngest pitcher in baseball history, Joe Nuxhall, makes his debut for the Cincinnati Reds. He was 15 years old. 1944.
Bonus Event: During a 21-gun salute on Army Day, before a Yankees/Angels game at Shea Stadium, a part of the outfield fence is blown away, and another part was set on fire. 1975.

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