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Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for September 17, 2009 from www.LenBermanSports.com

1. Quick Hits

The Jets were fined $75-thousand, and G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and former coach Eric Mangini $25-thousand each for lying about Brett Favre's injury status last year.

You may have been tired of the Brett Favre story, but not his fans. Favre's jersey is the top seller in America. And would you believe Michael Vick's is the top seller in 3 states?

Yankee catcher Jorge Posada was suspended 3 games for being a hothead. Actually he and two others were suspended for their Tuesday night fight with Toronto.

NCAA president Myles Brand dies of cancer at the age of 67.

2. The Jewish Jordan

Remember a few years back when Tamir Goodman was touted as the "Jewish Jordan?" He wound up playing basketball at Towson. He then played in the Israeli basketball league. But now, at the age of 27, he has retired. Michael Jordan, he was not. (Who is?) But how sad. I was so hoping that pamphlet on the "Great Jewish Pro Athletes" could have been expanded by 5 pages.

3. PSL's

Yesterdays item about contraction in pro sports sparked some great emails from Top 5 subscribers. Here's the best. Steve G. told me that 8 years ago he put his 6 year old son on the waiting list for Giants tickets. The wait was over 30 years. Last week his son, now 14, was offered a chance to buy season tickets at $250 per game per seat and a PSL (Personal seat license) of $7500. His son said take the money and buy big screen TVs for every room in the house! Smart kid.

4. Fred Cusick (1918-2009)

Many New Englanders wanted me to mention the passing of longtime Boston Bruins TV announcer Fred Cusick. He was their voice during the glory years of Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. In this era of announcer schtick, Fred was a solid and knowledgeable voice without the hype. Subscriber Ron T. put it best. "I'm not a huge hockey fan but his calls are legendary around Boston. He had zero ego and his on-air personality was always all about the game that was going on down on the ice." How refreshing.

5. Fore!

Make your reservations. Just one month until opening day for a new golf course in Australia. 848 miles and 171 yards. It stretches clear across the Outback. You play a hole, spend the night, and drive to the next tee. As you approach your ball you might run into sheep, kangaroos, or you might not find your ball if birds of prey swoop down and swipe it. Sounds like fun, but hell on caddies.

Happy Birthday: The Baby Bull. Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. 72.
Bonus Birthday: Another Hall of Famer, this one in football. George Blanda. 82.

Today in Sports: Reggie Jackson hits his first career home run. 1967. Also Reggie Jackson hits his 500th career homer. 1984.
Bonus Event: Cy Young and the Boston Pilgrims clinch the American League Pennant. They go on to beat Honus Wagner and the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first ever World Series. 1903.