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10/27/2011 10:50 am ET Updated Dec 27, 2011

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 27, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

  • Game 6 of the World Series was rained out. They'll try again tonight in St. Louis with Texas leading three games to two. 8:05 pm Eastern on FOX.
  • NBA negotiations will continue this afternoon after progress was reported in a marathon session that ended early this morning. There's talk of a full 82 game schedule.
  • Caroline Wozniacki is now assured of finishing as the #1 tennis player in the world for the second straight year despite never having won a Grand Slam tournament.

2. M.V.P.

There's lots of chatter going around that Peyton Manning is the NFL MVP. He hasn't played a game all season. Hey, the Colts are 0-7 without him. Who is more valuable than he? I posed the question on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5." G.S. had a great response. "Does this mean Andy Pettitte is in Cy Young contention?" Hey why stop there? We could open up the awards balloting to dead guys.

3. Smile!

What's this world coming to? An athlete isn't allowed to pose with a porn star? Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apologized to team owner Robert Kraft after BiBi Jones Tweeted a picture of Gronkowski and herself. Who really cares? To prove the point, here's the picture in question. I'm sure you have zero interest in seeing a football player with a porn star. (I'll report back on how many of you clicked.)

4. Sign of the Times

This comes from Top 5 subscriber G.A. He spotted it at the Jets/Chargers game Sunday at Met Life Stadium. He asks how water can cost more than hot chocolate?

I'm guessing air probably goes for $5.25.

5. Ralphie Boy

Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner was the first National Leaguer to have two 50-plus home run seasons when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40s. Willie Mays is the only other "unjuiced" NL player to accomplish that feat. And if it weren't for Yogi Berra, Kinerisms would rule the roost. Some examples. "If Branch Rickey were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave." "All of his saves have come in relief appearances." "Solo homers usually come with no one on base."
Happy birthday big guy. 89 years young today.


Happy Birthday: Baseball and announcing great Ralph Kiner. 89.
Bonus Birthday: The Donald's second, Marla Maples. 48.

Today in Sports: The Curse of the Bambino finally ends. The Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years. (It happened in St. Louis. Will there be another clinching in St. Louis tonight?) 2004.
Bonus Event: After 274 days of "happily wedded bliss" Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe hang 'em up. 1954.

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