Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 13, 2011 from Len Berman at ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes the high road. Brady says "he's been called worse," in response to the Jets Antonio Cromartie's profanity laced tirade against him.
* Offensive lineman Damien Woody is lost to the Jets. He underwent Achilles surgery yesterday.
* On any given Wednesday. The Clippers end Miami's 13 game road winning streak, 111-105.
* Florida State knocks off #1 Duke, ending the Blue Devils 25 game winning streak, 66-61.
2. Look at Me
Yesterday's video from a 1966 Jets/Boston AFL game really struck a chord with Top 5 subscribers. I pointed out the lack of any celebration after a great offensive or defensive play. Ward W.'s response was typical. "The touchdown itself is the ONLY entertainment I need. The 'calling attention to themselves' detracts rather than attracts for me."
And Ira T. asks, "When did the celebrations we see now become commonplace? I'm 34 years old and as far back as I remember, they've always celebrated."
Great point. This is business as usual for young people. My guess is television highlight shows have a lot to do with it. There was a time before high-fives, endzone dances and SportsCenter. But who can remember?
3. Senior Tour
The Sony Open begins today at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Dave Eichelberger will be teeing it up. He's 67, and hasn't won anything since the 1999 U.S. Senior Open. He became eligible for this week's regular PGA tour stop by shooting his age in a qualifying event. Every golfer hopes that one day he'll shoot his age, sooner rather than later. Anyway I once played with Eichelberger in a pro-am on Long Island. I have a very "inside swing," and he told me that Ben Hogan said "you can never go too inside with your swing." I always thought he was just being nice. If Eichelberger makes the cut, he'll become the oldest to ever do it on the PGA tour. He would break Ben Hogan's record. Now that would be nice.
4. Instant Replay
There's a Brazilian soccer player named Somalia. If you're late for practice, you are docked 40 per cent of your pay. So Somalia told police he was kidnapped early in the morning on his way out the door. The story didn't jive when they checked the surveillance camera at his apartment building. It seems he came home late the night before, and left late for practice the next morning. I'm guessing Somalia isn't an advocate for soccer's use of video reviews.
5. More Calls
I asked on Facebook, at "Len Berman's Top 5," what were your favorite all time sportscasting calls? Just in case the winning field goal "For all the Tostitos," didn't do it for you. Home runs were your particular favorites.
*Dan K. liked Phil Rizzuto's call on Roger Maris' 61st homer. "This could be it! HOLY COW!"
*Nathan H. liked Bill White's call of Bucky Dent's homer in the 1978 playoff game at Fenway. ""DEEEEEEP TO LEFT... Yastrzemskiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii... Isn't gonna get it. It's a Home Run"
*Joe W. loved the late Seattle announcer Dave Niehaus' call when a Mariners player hit a grand slam. "Get out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma, it is grand salami time!"
*And Mark B. is looking forward to the Viagra Bowl some day. Then his favorite call would be "It's up and it's good!"
Happy Birthday: Was he more famous for his bare-handed catch down the left field line or for forgetting to put on his jock during that Game 6 rally for the Mets in the 1986 World Series? Kevin Mitchell. 49.
Bonus Birthday: Elaine Benes. Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. 50.
Today in Sports: Michael Jordan retires from the Bulls. He unretired to play for Washington. 1999.
Bonus Event: My name is Johnny Cash. He performs at Folsom State Prison in California. 1968.
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