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Len Berman

Len Berman

Posted: October 23, 2009 11:08 AM

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1. Quick Hits

The Angels beat the Yankees 7-6 and force a 6th game tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees still lead 3 games to 2.

Major League Baseball will reportedly only use the most experienced umps for the World Series. What took them so long? This is in response to all the blown calls.

Raiders coach Tom Cable will not face charges for a training camp incident where he allegedly broke the jaw of one of his assistant coaches. By they way, when I saw the headline "No Charge for Cable," I knew the story wasn't about Cablevision.

2. A Second Guesser's Delight

Game 5 last night in Anaheim. More umpire blown calls. And managerial questions galore. But forget the umps and the managers. It all comes down to the players. The Angels wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th and the series lives. One thought. If the Yankees have to play a game 7, and should they win, they won't have CC Sabathia on regular rest for game 1 of the World Series. Just a thought. Now you can go back to bashing the managers.

3. Pie in the Sky

Long before A.J. Burnett started smashing pies in teammates' faces, there was Soupy Sales. "Soup" made taking the pie in his own face an art form. His kids TV show was just as much for adults, with his "wink-wink" comments. I used to run into Soupy around the city. I got a kick out of talking sports and stickball with one of the TV legends of my youth. He loved the Sports Fantasy feature I used to do on television. Soupy died yesterday at the age of 83. For those old enough to remember him and his goofy puppets White Fang and Black Tooth, memories of watching Soupy can only make you smile.

4. Friday Mailbag

As for Hiroshima and Nagasaki teaming up for an Olympic bid, the two Japanese cities on which the U.S. dropped A-bombs, E.G. wrote: "Not only would it be weird having "The Star-Spangled Banner" played over the loudspeakers in those cities each time an American won a gold medal, but maybe kind of inappropriate as we hit the part about "the bombs bursting in air..."

As for the Steve Phillips affair: E.M. writes: "I understand that the Mets are seriously thinking about rehiring Steve Phillips...they need SOMEONE in the organization who can score!" And B.M. added: "Steve broke a cardinal rule -- it's gospel -- never fool around with someone who has less to lose than you."

When I wrote that Washington Nationals fan Stephen Krupin went to 19 Nats games, and they went 0-19, J.C. wrote: "I sure wouldn't want to sit next to him on an airplane."

As for the Bosnia-Herzegovina soccer team that's doing better now that the coach has his players kiss each other on the lips. D.P. pointed out that kissing leads to more scoring. Editor's Note: Scoring seems to be a big theme with Top 5 subscribers.

And A.A. wrote: "We watch baseball in HD. We can now see everything, and I mean everything. My question is, is there a spitting school that baseball players attend to learn how to spit? We're able to identify different styles of spitting by different players: curve, sinker, slider, fast ball, high inside, outside, etc." Editor's Note: Yup, and a scratching school too!

5. Quote of the Week

A New York anchorman inadvertently called former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, "former top cock."

I can relate. When I worked with Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons I rarely tossed it back to them by name. I was always afraid of screwing it up and saying "now back to you, Suck and Chue."

Happy Birthday: The one and only, Brazilian soccer great Pele. 69.

Bonus Birthday: Talk about greatness. Johnny Carson would have been 84 today.

Today in Sports: The Brooklyn Dodgers sign Jackie Robinson to play for their farm team in Montreal. He's on his way to breaking the Major League color barrier. 1945.

Bonus Event: Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The first national horseshoe tossing championships are held in Kellerton, Iowa. 1915.


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