Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 12, 2011 from Len Berman at ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* I guess Cleveland misses LeBron James. They got drubbed by the Lakers last night, 112-57, the fewest points in Cavaliers history. James sent out a Tweet during the game chiding his old team. Nice, huh?
* Trevor Hoffman, the all time Major League saves leader with 601, has retired. He spent most of his career in San Diego, finishing up in Milwaukee.
* Ron Rivera is the new coach of the Carolina Panthers. He was San Diego's defensive coordinator.
* Michigan's new coach is Brady Hoke, from San Diego State. Michigan, with a straight face, says he was their first choice all along.
2. Negotiating in Public
Get ready for the "18 game showdown." The NFL Players Association is going on the attack because the owners want to expand the regular season. One union executive called the 18 game proposal "completely unacceptable" and "like a slap in the face." Another worried about injuries taking their toll later in life. Looks to me like this is just a bunch of posturing. Of course the players will play more games for more money. If they dig in their heels here, they figure they can get concessions elsewhere.
3. Distant Replay
The Jets dash the Patriots Super Bowl dreams. Not 2011... (yet) but 45 years ago. In 1966, Joe Namath and the Jets beat the Boston Patriots to knock Boston out of the running for Super Bowl I. Here's the clip from the website Game7TV.
The part I love is the lack of any kind of celebration. After touchdowns, or great defensive stops, the players just go about their business without calling attention to themselves. Nice.
4. Say What?
Soccer honcho Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, defended his corrupt organization by taking a shot at the IOC. He said the IOC handles their finances "like a housewife." I don't know where to begin. Is that a knock or a compliment for housewives? And should Blatter be throwing stones? Have you bribed a FIFA member today to choose a World Cup venue? Even housewives know you shouldn't play the World Cup in sweltering Qatar. So now Blatter thinks they should move the 2022 games to winter. Maybe they should have thought of that before they cash allegedly traded hands and they chose Qatar? And wasn't it Blatter who joked that gays should "refrain from sexual activity" in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal? Maybe Blatter needs to get a new gig. As a mime.
5. Signature Call
I love all of my fellow sportscasters, so this is offered with love. Just wondering where Brent Musburger's call "this is for all the Tostitos," on the winning field goal the other night in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, ranks? Is it up there with "Do you believe in miracles?" "The Giants win the pennant?" In next year's Meineke Car Bowl, will it be for "all the carburetors?"
Happy Birthday: Smokin' Joe Frazier. 67.
Bonus Birthday: The one, the only, Howard Stern. 57.
Today in Sports: In the most significant Super Bowl in history, Joe Namath and the Jets upset the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III. The Jets haven't been back to the big game since. 1969.
Bonus Event: Class trips! The first public museum was organized in Charleston, South Carolina. 1773.
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