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Top 5 Sports Stories

Posted: 02/23/2012 12:01 pm

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 23, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.


1. Quick Hits

  • Reality check? After crushing Atlanta, Jeremy Lin and the Knicks take their show to Miami tonight.
  • The Chinese news agency Xinhua, has called on Lin to renounce his U.S. citizenship and play for the Chinese Olympic basketball team. It won't happen. For one thing, Lin is of Taiwanese descent.
  • According to the New York Daily News, hedge-fund investor Steve Cohen and six others have bought $20-million shares in the Mets. The team expects to have commitments for three more shares in the near future.
  • At the Match Play Championship, Tiger Woods won his first round match on the 18th hole against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
  • Temple is reportedly close to joining the Big East. An Eastern school in the Big East. What are these people, nuts?


2. World Peace

A U.S. Congressional delegation is visiting Taiwan. Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted the visitors by emphasizing Taiwan's close relations with the U.S. He said, "We are both democracies, we are both concerned with human rights and peace, and we both appreciate the basketball skills of Jeremy Lin." C'mon. Nothing about Carmelo Anthony?


3. Found in Translation

They've got a bunch of billboards in Southern California. The Angels are trumpeting the arrival of Albert Pujols with "El Hombre" (The Man). One person doesn't care for it. Albert Pujols. He just came from St. Louis where Stan Musial will always be "the man." Pujols not only respects Musial for his baseball accomplishments, but for serving his country during World War II. Pujols may have taken the money and run, but he's an athlete who gets it.


4. The Heat Is On

Qatar wants to host the 2020 Olympics. They're proposing October games to beat the heat. Plus they are boasting that the games in Qatar will be a "boost to women's sports." Really? In that part of the world, Saudi Arabia and Brunei have never had a female Olympian. Ah, but to prove they are serious, Qatar is sending one whole woman swimmer and one whole female sprinter to this summer's London games. Wow. That should help them beat out the likes of Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul right there.


5. Where Were You?

I asked on Twitter and Facebook yesterday (the 32nd anniversary), "Where were you" when the U.S. beat Russia in Hockey in 1980?

Lots of answers suggested great childhood family memories.

*F.M. I was 10 years old and watched the game with my dad.

*J.L. In Florida visiting my grandparents and watching the game and jumping around with joy!

*G.F. tweeted, Ya! 6 years old & watchin my dad & big brother jumping up & down shouting USA...USA! #NeverWillForgetThat

*D.L. The game was on tape delay. We were playing basketball and someone told us the good news. I said "What do you think it is April fools Day?" I rushed home and watched the last two periods, knowing we won and still couldn't believe what I was seeing.

*K.W. My friend & I were content being outside the arena (In Lake Placid) as we - along with thousands of others - had the opportunity to watch the game in any of the bars around town since ABC was offering a live feed.
I never experienced anything like it as the entire village was hopping with excitement. I always look back wishing I had pictures of what I was witnessing because most of the news reports only showed the fans inside the arena.


Happy Birthday: Bobby "You won't wipe that smile off my face" Bonilla. 49.
Bonus Birthday: Actress Dakota Fanning. 18.

Today in Sports: Wilt Chamberlain becomes the first NBA player to reach 25,000. That's points people, get your head out of the gutter. 1968.
Bonus Event: Plutonium is produced for the first time. 1941.


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