TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 7, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com
1. Quick Hits
* Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck takes a pass on the NFL and stays in college for another year.
* The Dallas Cowboys remove the "interim" for coach Jason Garrett's title.
* Stay classy Miami. The Dolphins interviewed Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. At last check the Dolphins still have a coach.
* Some wonderful news. Paralyzed Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand has regained movement in his shoulders and some sensation in his entire body.
2. The Second Season
This has been some NFL season. The ratings have gone through the roof and everybody's getting rich. And now come the playoffs starting tomorrow. Are the Patriots unbeatable? Will Michael Vick win the Super Bowl MVP trophy? Are the Atlanta Falcons this year's Saints? Are the Saints this year's Saints? These playoff promise to be juicy. With so much good stuff, are we really headed toward a labor impasse? Isn't there enough cash to make everyone happy 10 times over?
3. Q & A
Yesterday's questions spurred lots of answers. I had a simple query. Do you consider Bert Blyleven one of the greatest pitchers of all time? Roberto Alomar/infielder? You guys were very clear. On Twitter (@LenBermanSports) lots of pro Alomar sentiment, but anti-Blyleven. From @paurob16, "Blyleven is a joke. If he gets in then, there is a lot of hope for Andy Pettitte."
Kevin B. wrote about Alomar, "You gotta be kidding me, Len. Roberto Alomar not a great middle infielder? He then quoted all the stats. My response to that, is when I watched Alomar play, I never thought, "here is one of the greatest infielders of all time." But hey, that's just me.
And when I asked if the first thing you thought of about Alomar was the umpire-spitting incident, Phil G. wrote, "No--I think of how much he sucked as a Met."
You mean he won't go into Cooperstown wearing a Mets cap?
4. Friday eMailbag
And the hits just keep on coming. In light of Jets coach Rex Ryan's supposed fetish, there's no shortage of wisescracks. R.M. writes, "I'm surprised that Rex Ryan didn't try to sign a barefoot kicker..... It would be ironic if the Jets trailed by six points in the Super Bowl and their final drive fell a foot short of the goal line."
Rich S. heard a commentator (he forgets which one) make this point about the chintzy "salute call" that went against Kansas State and helped Syracuse win the Pinstripe Bowl. "If this was a game involving Army, Navy or Air Force and a Cadet, Middie or Airman made that salute would that official be so quick to drop the flag?"
Editor's Note: Ten-hut!
And R.J. chimes in, "Donovan McNabb (when he played for Syracuse) got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he saluted after a touchdown against Army in 1996."
Editor's Note: R.J. should know. He's a former Syracuse football player.
Subscriber J.R. was excited by Bucknell's last second win over Richmond the other night. Shades of Duke's Christian Laettner beating Kentucky in 1992. Take a look.
Editor's Note: I love it when you guys find great clips. Less work for me!
And like me, R.M. would like to see the newest Met infielder, Chin-lung Hu play some first base. Hu's on first? Furthermore she writes, "Then all they need is another utility man with the last name of Watt."
Editor's Note: What about "I Don't Know" at third base? No wait, that's the starting rotation.
5. Spanning The World
Two for the price of one. Two Spanning the World highlights this week!
The first comes from a between periods wedding at an Atlanta Thrashers hockey game.It doesn't get more touching than the bride being given away by a big-headed mascot, and the groom wearing a hockey jersey. I'm guessing there wasn't a moist eye in the house. And nothing beats a good buzzer beater, but wait until you see this one. A high school basketball game in Southwestern Ohio. A kid named Austin Goff throws it in at the first quarter buzzer. It's amazing!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Birthday: Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod). 29.
Bonus Birthday: Katie Couric. 54.
Today in Sports: Oy my neck hurts. Tennis champ Helen Wills Moody and Howard Kinsey volley a tennis ball 2,001 times. It takes 1 hour and 18 minutes. 1936.
Bonus Event: Me Tarzan, you Jane! (A line that was never uttered in the books or the movies.) Tarzan of the Apes first appeared as a newspaper comic strip. 1929.
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