TGIF everyone here's my Top 5 for July 20, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
The Olympic cauldron will be lit one week from tonight in London. Subscriber D.N. thinks the Top 5 should post wacky odds on who will light it. Why post wacky odds when you can bet on anything in England. Off the top of my head I would choose rower Steve Redgrave who won gold medals in five consecutive Olympics. My second choice would be Sir Roger Bannister who was the first man to break the four-minute barrier in the mile. And wouldn't you know it, after checking the odds, those are the top two choices. David Beckham is a long shot at 25-1. By the way, in 1996 after Redgrave won his fourth consecutive gold he said if anyone found him rowing a boat again they could shoot him. He came back four years later and won his fifth. I interviewed him in Sydney after he did it. I asked him about rowing again, or should we just shoot him? He laughed. And neither happened.
3. Less Rex
Jets coach Rex Ryan made the rounds yesterday boasting his 105 pound weight loss after lap-band surgery in 2010. At 242 pounds he now weighs less than Tim Tebow. And the weight loss is the only thing he's boasting about these days, no Super Bowl predictions. So let's make Rex Ryan the poster boy for the adage "Less is more."
4. Friday eMailbag
J.D. has a unique idea of how the NCAA should punish Penn State. "Do not suspend the program. Why punish the players who chose to go there? Instead, take every cent of profit from the football program and the bowl games the team plays in and give it to the boys who were damaged by this tragedy.'
Top 5 Subscriber T.H. isn't bothered by the U.S. Olympic uniforms being made in China, he writes: "To me the real problem is the uniforms themselves. These are supposed to be the uniforms of Team USA, but on the left chest where the USA logo should rightly be is a larger than life Polo logo. Since when do we advertise the sponsors on the uniforms -- this isn't NASCAR for crying out loud?"
When I asked if you would still watch beach volleyball if the players wore long clothes because of the gloomy London forecast, J.N. wrote: "I vote for sideline heaters."
And when I wrote about the Michigan woman who propped up a dead guy for 18 months watching NASCAR races, I asked if dead people count in the TV ratings? J.S. tweeted me @LenBermanSports, "Only in Chicago."
5. Spanning the World
This week's Spanning the World highlight comes from the world of mascots. Norfolk Tides mascot Rip Tide took a little spin on an ATV and oops! And nobody got hurt!
Spanning the World airs monthly on NBC's Today Show. Next up -- this coming Monday in the 8:30 a.m. half hour.
Happy Birthday: A new member of the Miami Heat, former Boston Celtic Ray Allen. 37.
Bonus Birthday: Mrs. Tom Brady, model Gisele Bundchen. 32.
Today in Sports: Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam homer against the Red Sox. 1965.
Bonus Event: One small step. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. 1969.
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