Top 5 Sports Stories

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 16, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

Game 1 for the American League pennant is tonight at Yankee Stadium.
(Weather permitting.) Angels @ Yankees. 7:57pm ET FOX.

The champion Phillies won game 1 for the NL pennant 8-6.

Game 2, Philadelphia @ Dodgers this afternoon in L.A.: 4:07 p ET

Rush Limbaugh says his ouster as a possible Rams owner represents
"Obama's America on full display." (Whatever that means.)

2. Pennant Chasers

Games aren't decided on paper, but the truth is, on paper rain helps
the Angels. If games get rained out, off days go away. And since the
Angels have 4 starters and the Yankees 3, edge to the Angels. Of
course the Yankees have Mariano Rivera, but I thought we agreed not to
decide this thing on paper? Just ask the Phillies. Their supposedly
awful bullpen got some key outs last night against the Dodgers. By the
way, the game ended about 12:15 this morning. Those earlier starts
this year are working out great aren't they?

3. Scooby Dooby Doo

With the Yanks in the playoffs, if you're a Sinatra fan or a Yankee
fan, this one's for one. Top 5 subscriber V.I. sent along this link. It's Sal Scognamillo of Patsy's Restaurant in NYC recalling the night that Billy Martin and the 1978 champion Yankees met Frank Sinatra. And
nobody got hurt. Enjoy.

4. Friday Mailbag

As for the comments of M.W. who thought wearing pink cleats was cool
in the NFL, but wouldn't the money be better spent if it was just sent
for cancer research? Several of you noted that the cleats and other
pink items would be auctioned off for charity.

A different M.W. wrote: "The idea was not to raise money but to raise
awareness and let women know that they should be getting yearly

R.R. isn't a fan of TBS covering the playoffs. He wrote: "Don't think
it's your practice to critique other sportscasers, but TBS's
play-by-play coverage and commentary of the Yankees has been horrid.
We shouldn't have Class A telecasts of MLB Championship baseball,
especially in New York!"

Editor's Note: You are right, I don't pick on sportscasters since
everyone else does!

In response to sports teams not touching each other before or after
games to prevent disease, R.B. writes: "To take precautions against
catching the Swine Flu, Kevin Bacon & John Hamm have agreed not to
exchange high fives."

Editor's Note: I hate it when my subscribers are punnier than me.

As for the golfer who went to get his ball in a pond and had his arm
bitten off by an alligator, E.M. wrote: "THAT'S why they call it a
'water hazard!'

And S.B. wrote: "Maybe the golfer who was bitten while retrieving his
ball was actually crocked."

Editor's Note: Oy

And when I wrote about the New Zealand sports team that had second
thoughts about calling themselves the Master Baiters, W.W. wrote:
"Reminiscent of a dorm intramural softball team we had called 'with
ourselves,' so when other teams had us on the schedule, they'd have to
say "we're playing 'with ourselves."

Editor's Note: God I miss college humor.

5. Give that Subscriber a Hand

Let's end the week with a shout out to subscriber G.S. When he saw the
"Master Baiters" item, he forwarded me the "Master Baiters" web site.
They charter fishing boats in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Their motto: "We
won't jerk you around." Honest.

Good night everyone, drive home safely.

Happy Birthday: Former 7'6" NBA center Manute Bol. 47.
Bonus Birthday: Pitcher "Nuke" LaLoosh in Bull Durham, and fellow
Stuyvesant alum, Tim Robbins. 51.

Today in Sports: The Miracle Mets! They win the World Series. 1969.
Bonus Event: What a relief. The Tremont House in Boston, becomes the
first hotel in the U.S. to have indoor plumbing. 1869.
(Hey, back to back events about Flushing!)