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03/07/2012 10:39 am ET Updated May 07, 2012

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 7, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits
  • The Indianapolis Colts are expected to release superstar quarterback Peyton Manning today to avoid having to pay him28 million.
  • New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis apologized and took the blame for the bounty system that happened under "their watch."
  • It's the year of Harvard. Not only do they boast Jeremy Lin, but they won the Ivy League title last night earning the Crimson their first NCAA tournament bid since 1946.
  • Some good news for a change for the Mets. Ace pitcher Johan Santana pitched two scoreless innings in his first outing since September of 2010.
  • Update. The British government says it's now OK for British athletes to shake hands during the upcoming Olympics. Their team doctor had urged a no-handshake policy to avoid germs.

2. The Peyton Derby

So where will Peyton Manning wind up? Buyer beware, he doesn't come cheap and he's had neck surgery. Somehow I don't see him coming to the Jets and competing in the same stadium with his brother, but it sure would be fun wouldn't it? OK, maybe not so much for the incumbent Jets quarterback.

3. A Never Ending Story

The hits just keep on coming. One former Washington Redskin claims that coach Joe Gibbs would walk through the locker room and hand out $100 bills to defensive players who knocked down quarterbacks. In the NBA, Charles Barkley says when he played for Philadelphia, if a guy on the other team hoisted up three-point shots while they were winning a blowout, the bounty on his head would be $5,000. Stories will continue to trickle out from all the different sports. So I repeat, yes Gregg Williams and the Saints need to be punished, but the NFL ought to be damn sure they're the only ones. If not, there will have to be dozens and dozens of retroactive sanctions.

4. The Envelope Please

Everyone hates flopping in sports. They penalize you in both soccer and hockey for bad acting. But this one takes the cake. A soccer player from Belgium named Julien Lecomte went down in a heap. You can check it out. The best part is when the ref doesn't buy it and issues the guy a red card while the player is lying on a stretcher. I wonder if the ref is buying it now that Lecomte suffered a concussion and three displaced vertebrae?

5. Early Results

My NCAA basketball contest is underway (see below). The first returns are not surprising. Kentucky is the overall favorite with Syracuse #2. Kentucky should be the #1 overall seed in the tournament. But since 2004 when the system began, only one overall #1 seed Florida in 2007, won the tournament. And only once, in 2008, did all four #1 seeds make it to the Final Four. Something to chew on during the coming week as you make your pick in my Top 5 contest. Harvard anyone?

Happy Birthday: Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl teammates Franco Harris, 62, and Lynn Swann, 60.

Bonus Birthday: Comedienne Wanda Sykes. 48.

Today in Sports: 25 years ago today, Mike Tyson at the age of 20, became the youngest undisputed heavyweight champ. 1987.

Bonus Event: Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone. 1876.

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