Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 7, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
- The Miami Marlins are said to be offering Albert Pujols a 10-year deal worth north of $200 million.
- Word is David Ortiz will accept arbitration and return to the Red Sox next season.
- The Big East Conference is set to add Boise State and San Diego State for football, and Houston, Central Florida and SMU for all sports. Time to drop the "East" from their name. Call 'em the Big Wherever Conference.
- Baseball offers a dress code for the media. No muscle shirt, flip-flops or articles of clothing with team logos. And no skimpy skirts. (Not sure, but I'm guessing that part applies to women.)
2. Albert Pujol$
And now the Angels have joined the Albert Pujols sweepstakes along with the Cards and the Marlins. Are the Cubs involved too? At stake arguably the current "best player in baseball," and the price tag will be 10 years (until he's 41 years old) and at least $20 million a year. My wife asked me simply "Isn't the money obscene?" I guess I'm inured to it already. $20 million here, $20 million there, what's the big deal? And if a team offers one more year, or two more dollars does that really make a difference in one's life? Wouldn't Albert be better served continuing to be a hero is St. Louis? My answers would be no and yes, then again the money IS obscene and often has a mind of its own.
3. Premature Exhilaration
Excessive celebrations have become a major issue in sports. Last night on the O'Reilly Factor I argued that I have no problem with Tim Tebow taking a knee to thank the Lord. Another guest on the program took issue. But I don't think every celebration should be flagged. In Boston, a high school kid raised his arm to celebrate the winning touchdown before he reached the end zone.
The touchdown would have given Cathedral High School the championship. Instead, a penalty was called and they lost the game. There's a new high school rule they put into affect in Massachusetts that "bans any celebratory or taunting behavior by someone scoring a touchdown." But raising one's arm? Seriously?
4. Your Turn
I asked on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5," "It's now 25 years and counting since the Mets won the World Series. Does letting Jose Reyes walk put them closer or further away from winning another?" Some of your responses.
*Bill H. He's a prima donna-good riddance.
*Will C. How can the Mets compete in the free agent market when they owe the Madoff trustee hundreds of millions?
*Bagundas S. Let him spend the next 5 years, of his bloated 6 year contract, on the DL with the Marlins. Then, in the last year of his contract, watch him magically regain his health and turn back the clock for another big year in a salary drive season. The only part of his departure that really bothers me is that the Mets didn't trade him when his value was high.
*David L. Jose Reyes to a division rival that draws less than 10,000 a game is not the worst part of being a Mutts fan going into winter. Having the GM talk about 70 million in losses in 2011 means we have only one serious New York baseball team.
5. We Interrupt This Program
Top 5 Subscriber Ira S. had a great idea. He wanted me to link the radio broadcast of the New York Giants/Brooklyn Dodgers football game at the Polo Grounds from December 7, 1941. Here it is. The public address announcer told all military personnel to return to their units. The U.S. entered World War II the next day, but not before the Dodgers beat the Giants 21-7.
Happy Birthday: The great Larry Bird. 55.
Bonus Birthday (For Boston sports fans): "Cheesey" Former Boston Bruins Stanley Cup-winning goalie, Gerry Cheevers. 71.
Today in Sports: Three men in a ring. in London, Eugene Corri becomes the first referee to officiate from actually inside the ring. 1907.
Bonus Event: A day of Infamy. 70 years ago today. Pearl Harbor. 1941.
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