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Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 22, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

  • The Giants and Cards with play a seventh game tonight to decide the National League pennant. The Giants won Game 6 last night 6-1.
  • The new Boston Red Sox manager will be Toronto manager John Farrell a former Red Sox pitching coach.
  • After their overtime win over the Jets yesterday, the Patriots are the only team in the AFC East with a winning record. The most impressive win? Houston dumping Baltimore for the first time in franchise history 43-13.
  • The International Cycling Union has stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France wins.
  • The Indiana Fever, led by the great Tamika Catchings, won the WNBA title last night.


2. What Justice?

Last February the Justice Department dropped its investigation of Lance Armstrong because they didn't have enough evidence to prove that he was a doper. I have one question. Were they trying? Actually I have another question. Can we taxpayers get a refund?

3. Soccer Gone Wild

Here's what happened at a soccer game in the U.K. When Leeds United tied the game against Sheffield, a visiting Leeds fan ran onto the field and shoved the Sheffield goaltender in the face and then ran off. And this might have been the mildest infraction of the night. Bottles were thrown and fans chanted vicious songs about each other, songs about serious issues which had nothing to do with soccer. The Manager of Sheffield, Dave Jones, called Leeds fans "vile animals" and said they "should be banned from every away ground." And yesterday in Cyprus, a fan threw an explosive on the field. And that's sports.

4. Marathon Men

A guy ran the Baltimore marathon wearing flip-flops. Keith Levasseur finished 29th in a shade under two hours and 47 minutes, which is a "world flip-flop marathon record." In a couple of weeks in New York, 67-year-old psychiatrist Jack Hirschowitz will attempt to become the oldest person to run a full marathon while juggling. So marathons now feature flip-floppers and jogglers. Pure runners need not apply.

5. Tebowing

As you know, "Tebowing" is Tim Tebow's down-on-one-knee thoughtful prayer. But now it's a trademark. Tim Tebow has won the right to "Tebow" on hats, T-shirts, jewelry and even toy guns to benefit his foundation. Hey, if you can take a religious moment and make a few bucks off it by branding it on a toy-weapon, that's the American way.

Happy Birthday: A pair of Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki. 39. Robinson Cano. 30. Do the Yankees have any 20-somethings?

Bonus Birthday: Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. 70.

Today in Sports: Brrr. The coldest World Series game on record, 38 degrees. Game 3 Florida at Cleveland. 1997.

Bonus Event: 50 years ago today, the Cuban Missile Crisis. 1962.

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