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11/21/2012 10:37 am ET | Updated Jan 21, 2013
  • Len Berman Emmy Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Bestselling Author

Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 21, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

  • Taking a shot. The Pittsburgh Steelers sign wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
  • Tomorrow's Menu: Houston at Detroit CBS 12:30 p.m. Washington at Dallas FOX 4:30 p.m. New England at Jets NBC 8:20 p.m.
  • Boxer Hector "Macho" Comacho was shot in the face in Puerto Rico. He's expected to survive.
  • Shoot! Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College in Iowa scored an NCAA-record 138 points in their 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible. And he missed 56 shots! He was 52 of 108 from the field. Watching the video, you won't be surprised to learn he had zero assists.

2. A Fan to the End

Loren Lickteig died last week at age 81. This is how his obituary began in the local paper." Loren G. "Sam" Lickteig passed away on Nov. 14, 2012 of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team." Hang in there Jets fans.

3. Political Football

With Fox buying part of the YES Network, fueling speculation that Fox might eventually buy the Yankees, Top 5 subscriber S. B. wrote, "I guess if Fox buys the Yankees, the right fielder will become the star." Actually, when I was a guest on Hannity, I told the host on the air that if he were a baseball manager, he wouldn't have a left fielder. A "fair and balanced" baseball lineup.

4. Holiday eMailbag

From Top 5 subscriber A.S. "While reading the stories about Buster Posey's MVP, I'm struck by the lack of coverage talking about his comeback from the catastrophic injury he suffered such a short time ago. His accomplishment speaks to a determination, resilience and competitive nature that is really to be admired along with the great numbers he achieved this season."

J.G. asked a good question. "Since there hasn't been a NY Met that has won an NL MVP, are the Mets the only team that hasn't had a regular season MVP?"

Editor's Note: Five teams are MVP-less. Arizona, Miami, the Mets, Tampa Bay, and Washington.

In regards to the Lakers erecting a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar H.K. writes, "Oh, I see what the Lakers are doing. They take players and honor them as statues. The Cavaliers take statues and honor them as players."

When I tweeted @LenBermanSports, "Just curious what Tim Tebow does for the Jets offense other than disturb Mark Sanchez's rhythm and help kill drives?" R.A. tweeted back, "He lets teams know the Jets are getting ready to try a fake punt!"

And when I wrote about business in an Edmonton sex shop booming during the NHL lockout, D.L. wrote, "Adds new meaning to STICK HANDLING, no?" And from R.B. "Gives new meaning to the term 'blue line.'"

5. Spanning the World

This week's Spanning the World highlight is a new world record. A Japanese man set the record for sprinting 100 meters on all fours. If you want to challenge the record you'll have to beat 17.47 seconds. But you can earn yourself a spiffy new nickname. Kenichi Ito is known as "Monkey-Man."

Spanning the World airs monthly on NBC's Today Show. Next up, Friday November 30th in the 8:30am half hour.

Happy Birthday: Baseball legend Stan "The Man" Musial. 92.

Bonus Birthday: One of my personal faves, NBA great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. 68

Today in Sports: Remember hockey? The New York Rangers tie the record for most goals scored in the third period of a game, 8. The Rangers beat the California Golden Seals, remember them? 12-1. 1971.

Bonus Event: You can finally drive to Staten Island from here. The world's longest suspension bridge (at the time), the Verrazano Bridge, is opened. 1964.

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