09/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Top 5 Sports Stories

TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 28, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

Michael Vick makes his Eagles debut. He went 4-4 passing for 19
yards as Philadelphia beat Jacksonville 33-32.
Sergio Garcia is one of the first round tri-leaders at 6-under at
the Barclays in Jersey City. Both Tiger and Phil shot 1 under 70's.
The New York Post reports Derek Jeter and actress Minka Kelly are
planning a fall wedding. I'm thinking late fall works better.

2. Much ado about Nothing

When Michael Vick entered the game last night in Philadelphia he got
a standing ovation. There were very few protesters on hand. And this
in the city that made booing Santa Claus an art form. Vick went to
jail, served his time and now life goes on. That's the way it should

3. Sign of the Times

A year ago, incoming students at NYU business school took a field
trip to a Mets game. This year, they went instead to the Staten Island
Yankees. Some viewed it as a "serious downgrade." But perhaps the
school wanted to instill confidence in the students by taking them to
actually see a winning team.

4. Friday Mailbag

Subscriber H.L. agrees with me that Pete Rose should be in
Cooperstown: "His omission makes the Hall a joke. His gambling was
really a disease - which is more than I can say about the CHOICE the
steroid users made."

A frustrated Mets fan, R.B. writes: "The Mets keep coming up with new
and unique ways to lose...first it was the Castillo dropped
the Francoeur triple play...what's next...Santana pitches the Mets
first no-hitter and loses?"
Editor's note: If he's not injured.

When I mentioned the opening day of classes at George Steinbrenner
High School and said "there's no truth to the rumor that the principal
has already been fired." S.F. twittered @LenBermanSports "I'm sure
students will be clean shaven too!"

From R.B. "Just wondering...On Groundhog day next year, if Brett
Favre sees his shadow, will that mean 6 more weeks of retirement?"
Editor's Note: Good one.

R.H. passes along an incredible horse race from Saratoga last
weekend. A 6-horse photo finish in the 9th race. If you'd like to
watch the video, here's the link.

R.H. says unfortunately, he left after the 8th race and missed it!
Editor's Note: Spanning the World lives! One hilite at a time.

5. School of Hard Knocks

Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre is eligible to come off the
disabled list today. You might recall he took a ground ball to his
cup, but he doesn't wear one. Ouch. Major testicular hurt. He said
he'll probably wear a cup when he returns. Proving once again it takes
balls to wear cups.

Happy Birthday: Sweet Lou. Cubs manager Lou Piniella. 66.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Jack Black. 40.

Today in Sports: Ken "Hawk" Harrelson signs as a free agent with the
Red Sox after he was released by Oakland for calling A's owner Charlie
Finley "a menace to baseball." 1967.

Bonus Event: Love those brown shorts. UPS opens up shop in Seattle.