Top 5 Sports Stories

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Len Berman Emmy Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Bestselling Author

TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 30, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

The Yankees win game 2, 3-1 and even the World Series at 1 game

Today is an off day. The World Series resumes tomorrow night in
Philadelphia. 7:57pm ET FOX

Martina Navratilova takes Andre Agassi to task and equates him with
Roger Clemens for lying about drug use.

FOX will use a "Favre-cam" to follow Brett Favre's every move in his
return to Green Bay on Sunday. Not to be outdone, CBS will employ a
"barf-cam" to check out what Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is eating
on the sidelines.

2. Game 2

So what are Yankee fans focusing on today? A.J. Burnett's game
winning pitching performance or A-Rod? Human nature being what it is,
Yankee fans know that A-Rod has struck out 3 times in each World
Series game, but they couldn't tell you how many strikeouts A.J.
Burnett recorded last night. (9) Before the game, Commissioner Bud
Selig said he's not in favor of expanding instant replay. And then his
umps went out and blew another call.

But the biggest headline is that the World Series will go at least 5
games. It hasn't gone 6 in 6 years. Could this be the year for a real
"Fall Classic?"

3. Sportsmanship

A big controversy in France. A mostly Muslim soccer team refused to
play a team that welcomes gay soccer players. Of course we know about
Iranian athletes who wouldn't compete against Jews. So I guess we
gotta change all those baseball cards to include religion and sexual
persuasion. Or maybe we just gotta ban the bigots.

4. Friday Mailbag

As for this World Series being the Mets fan's worst nightmare (the
two teams they hate the most,) J.B. pointed out to me on Facebook that
"As a diehard Yankee fan, I faced the same dilemma in 1986. (Mets vs
Red Sox)"

Editor's Note: Touche

I wasn't alone in my dislike for the Jets throwback jerseys. B.V.
wrote: "As an original ground crew worker for the NY Titans I cringe
every time I see the Jets wear those throwback jerseys."

As for quarterback Mark Sanchez eating a hot dog on the bench during
the game, G.C. writes: "I guess right now the public doesn't think
he's a proven wiener."

Editor's Note: Oy.

R.B. writes "Perhaps the cracks in the ramps at Yankee Stadium were
caused by the excess weight of the moneybag players."

Editor's Note: Or the fans who had to carry cash to buy stuff at the

C.F. has some advice for the new Cardinals hitting coach. "Hopefully
Mark McGwire will show Cardinal hitters how to grip a bat and not how
to grip a syringe."

Editor's Note: Hey buddy, leave the cynicism to me.

And the Soupy Sales remembrances just keep coming. A couple of you
passed along this gem. "Soupy writes the letter 'F' on a chalkboard.
He asks White Fang what letter it is? Fang answers 'K'. After three
Fang replies that it's 'K', Soupy gives up & asks Fang, 'Why is it
every time I write F you see 'K'?"

5. The Devil is in the Details

An animal rights group has forced a town in New Zealand to cancel
its annual dead rabbit-throwing contest. They complained it sent the
wrong message to kids. The contest is held each year to coincide with
the annual pig hunt. Hey, killing defenseless animals is fine and
dandy. Just don't go tossing 'em around.

Happy Birthday: Super Bowl champion coach Dick Vermeil (Rams). 73.

Bonus Birthday: "The Fonz," Henry Winkler. 64.

Today in Sports: A perfect strike. President George W. Bush throws
out the first pitch before game 3 of the World Series, less than 2
months after 9/11, 2001.

Bonus Event: "Martians land in New Jersey!" Orson Welles presents
"The War of the Worlds" on radio. Thousands thought it was a true
story. 1938.