Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 29, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The Jets, Patriots and Falcons lead the NFL with 9-2 records. The Jets and Patriots face off a week from tonight in Foxboro.
* The NFC West has turned pathetic. Not one team has a winning record.
* The Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels were fined a total of $100,000 for the illegal taping of a 49ers walk through in London. The Broncos claim McDaniels refused to look at the tape.
* It's never too early to start beating the drums. The agent for Plaxico Burress says two teams are interested when he gets out of jail. What, only two?
* Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in London to win the ATP championship.
* Yankees free agent pitcher Javier Vazquez reportedly signs with Florida.
* Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for. A-Rod and Cameron Diaz are apparently back together.
2. Mess Hall
Numbers are now leaking out of the Derek Jeter camp. At first, according to the New York Daily News, Jeter supposedly wanted $25 million a year. That number has been "drastically reduced" to $22-24 million. The Yanks reportedly are stuck on $45 million over 3 years. So the gap is huge. I never thought it would come to this. I always thought they would quietly get it done. The Yanks would overpay, Jeter would take less than A-Rod gets per year, and we would all live happily ever after. But alas, as Hal Steinbrenner initially said, this could get "messy." But with Derek Jeter? I've been visiting schools talking about my kids baseball book. (An excellent stocking stuffer, by the way.) To the kids, Jeter is a God. Try explaining to 4th graders that Derek is merely an employee.
3. Calling Mr. Zapruder
What did we have to talk about in the days of radio? If it wasn't the newest "Spygate" taping with the Broncos in London, (did Scotland Yard or Sherlock Holmes crack the case?) then it's the latest LeBron James episode in Miami. The NBA world is buzzing. Did James intentionally bump his coach Erik Spoelstra? You be the judge.
Then again, James bumped his Cleveland coach Mike Brown a couple of years ago too.
Add "Bron's Bump" to a paltry 9-8 record replete with players-only meetings, and it all adds up to a hot time in South Beach. The Knicks by comparison are 9-9. How about them apples?
4. Birthday Boys
Turns out today was a great day to be born if you wanted to become a sportscaster. Not only is Vin Scully celebrating today, but so is somebody even older, Bob Wolff. He is the longest running sportscaster in history. Some of his credits include announcing Dan Larsen's perfect game, and the "Greatest Game Ever Played," the Colts/Giants 1958 overtime championship game. He is the only sportscaster, along with Curt Gowdy, to be inducted into both the baseball and basketball halls of fame. And here's the cool part. Like Vin, he's still broadcasting on News 12 Long Island. Nobody will ever have his kind of resume again. So happy 90th, to Bob Wolff. (And thanks to subscriber Ed G. for tipping us off.)
I have to admit when the NFL announced that the Black Eyed Peas would be the halftime show at the Super Bowl I couldn't name a single song of theirs. But that's why they make Google. Bingo. "I Gotta Feeling (Tonight's gonna be a good night)." That's about it. Some of their other hits? "Boom Boom Pow". That's John Madden announcing a game right? Then there's "My Humps." Have to believe that will cause another Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.
Happy Birthday: Yankees free agent relief pitcher Mariano Rivera. 41.
Bonus Birthday: The one the only, Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. 83.
Today In Sports: Reggie, Reggie. The Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to a 5 year $2.96-million contract. 1976.
Bonus Event: Bill Gates comes up with a catchy name for his little computer company, Microsoft. 1975.