11/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for September 10, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

Derek Jeter got three hits last night to tie Lou Gehrig for the all
time Yankee hit mark.

Midnight for Cinderella. 17-year old American Melanie Oudin loses in
the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open to Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic reach the men's semi-finals.

The NFL season begins tonight. Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh hosts

Allen Iverson is signing with the Memphis Grizzlies.

2. Yankee Panky

God I miss the good old days. George Steinbrenner calling out
players. Hank Steinbrenner saying something dopey. (He has now all but
disappeared as brother Hal runs the team.) A-Rod making ridiculous
headlines. These days it's just win win win. They're both good and
boring. How disappointing.

3. Hit Parade

What do Tim Wallach, Carl Crawford, and Ed Kranepool all have in
common? Time's up. They are the all-time hit leaders for their
respective franchises. Montreal/Washington, Tampa Bay, New York Mets.
It's difficult for other teams to have the sex appeal of Jeter chasing
Gehrig. Then again, none of those franchises existed before 1962.

4. Fat Chance

The British tabloid The Star reports if you're fat and you want to
attend the 2012 Olympics in London, you have 3 years to start trimming
down. They say that the British are the fattest Europeans and thought
was given to making the 80,000 seats at the Olympic Stadium larger to
accommodate them. But in the end they decided that you can cram more
people in with "regular" size seats. So in typical tabloid fashion The
Star trumpets "no leeway for lardies." And I guess no crumpets either.

5. Hail Mary

A Kentucky high school football coach is catching flak for taking 20
players on a field trip to a church where half of them got baptized.
One mother claimed "nobody should push their faith on anyone else."
Actually, what really pissed her off were those free circumcisions.

Happy Birthday: The King. The great Arnold Palmer. 80.
Bonus Birthday: Roger Maris would have been 75 today.

Today in Sports: Giants catcher Ray Katt has a little trouble with
Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball. He sets a record with 4 passed balls in
the same inning. 1954.
Bonus Event: I yam what I yam. Popeye airs for the first time on
radio. (He was sponsored by a breakfast cereal, so that's what he ate,
not spinach.) 1935.