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Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 15, 2010 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

* I guess you can change coaches in mid-season. The Dallas Cowboys with new coach Jason Garrett stun the Giants 33-20 for just their second win this season. A power outage delayed the game in the third quarter. Hey, you spend $1.6 billion on a new house and you expect the lights to work too?
* The Patriots, Jets and Falcons have the leagues best records at 7-2.
* The college football score of the weekend: Wisconsin 83, Indiana 20. I had Indiana plus 62.
* Did I mention that Syracuse is now bowl eligible for the first time in 6 years?
* Athlete of the weekend. Boxer Manny Pacquiao. He claimed his 8th title when he easily decisioned Antonio Margarito Saturday night in Dallas before nearly 42,000 in Cowboys Stadium.
* Former Colorado Rockies skipper Clint Hurdle is the new Pittsburgh Pirates manager.
* The Mets have fired long time clubhouse man Charlie Samuels. He's under investigation for being part of a gambling ring. He reportedly admitted to betting on baseball. The 87-year old father of new G.M. Sandy Alderson died when he was struck by a car in Florida.
* Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers hit one of the most iconic homers to beat the A's in game one of the 1988 World Series. The bat he used fetched $576,000 at auction.

2. Context

LeBron James says his quote was taken out of context. The other night he said that he and teammate Dwyane Wade played too many minutes, and fatigue might have been a factor in their loss. When I was working in Boston and the Red Sox traded Reggie Smith to St. Louis he declined an interview with me, saying, "the last time you had me on TV you misquoted me." Yup. Athletes tend to say dumb or selfish stuff on the air and the damn media always screws it up.

3. Semantics

OK stat freaks, when a basketball player scores double figures in three categories, such as points rebounds and assists it's a "triple-double." Oscar Robertson is the only player to actually average a triple-double for an entire season. Since there are 5 offensive categories, assists and steals too, getting at least 10 of each in one game would be known as a "quintuple-double." Tamika Catchings once did it when she was in high school. Something very rare occurred the other night when Kevin Love of Minnesota scored 30 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the same game. It hadn't happened in 28 years. So what do you call 30 and 30 in the same game? Easy. It's called "Playing against the Knicks."

4. Men Behaving Badly

In covering sports I've seen athletes quit for a wide variety of reasons. Mostly it has to do with age and ability. So this one might be a first. A star Australian rugby player voluntarily quit and forfeited his salary after a picture was distributed of him having sex with a teammate's dog. The head of the National Rugby League called it, "A moment of abject stupidity brought about by too much drink and a complete lack of any thought process." Hmm, that could describe any number of incidents in any number of countries. Five years ago, another star Australian rugby player was suspended for his drunken actions at a charity golf tournament where he pranced around naked, threw knives at guests and crashed a golf cart. Rugby enthusiasts brag that players don't wear helmets and they're just fine. Really?

5. We Hate to See You Go

We're gonna miss Brett Favre when he retires. My subscribers have a couple of questions. Rick M. wants to know if Favre will be suspended for violating the NFL's "penal code?" Stan B. asks if Favre really retires will they erect a monument in his honor or an erect monument? You just can't beat a good penis to speak.

Happy Birthday: She retired in May as the #1 woman golfer in the world, Lorena Ochoa. 29.
Bonus Birthday: Lou Grant. Actor Ed Asner. 81.

Today In Sports: Ups and downs. Barry Bonds wins his record 7th MVP award. 2004. Barry Bonds is indicted for lying to a grand jury about his use of performance enhancing drugs. 2007.
Bonus Event: Thank goodness it wasn't some guy named Pecker. Zebulon Pike saw the top of the mountain, so it's called Pikes Peak. 1806.

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