Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 3, 2009 from www.LenBermanSports.com1. Quick Hits
- The Phillies stay alive by beating the Yankees in game 5 of the World Series 8-6. The Yankees lead 3 games to 2 with game 6 tomorrow night in the Bronx.
- The Saints go marching in to 7-0 after beating the Atlanta Falcons last night 35-27.
- The Knicks will not lose 'em all. They beat New Orleans 117-111 for their first win of the season in 4 tries.
- Linebacker Brandon Spikes for # 1 Florida attempted to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. His penalty? His coach is benching him for half a game. Thank God he didn't try to do something dirty.
There will be a game six. We haven't been able to say that in six years. And you know it's not your typical post season when Alex Rodriguez comes alive and Derek Jeter hits into a crucial 9th inning doubleplay. Last night's game ended with A-Rod standing in the on deck circle. Wouldn't you have loved to see him get a crack in the 9th? The Yanks have the edge in starting and closing pitching here on out but hey you never know. It's not a Fall "Classic" yet, but we might be getting there. All we need is a dramatic extra innings Phillies win in game six to make this a "November to Remember."
3. Dewey Defeats Truman!
Maybe I'll start doing "Headlines" kinda like Jay Leno. Subscriber Larry N. sent along the Macy's ad in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer. It advertised Phillies T-shirts that read "Congratulations Phillies Back-to Back Champions." A little premature exhilaration, eh?
And subscriber Dianna R. liked this photo caption in the Washington Post. "Virginia's Marquis Weeks caps off his 100-yard kickoff return for the touchdown. "That was just instinct. Kind of like running from the cops," said the senior tailback. Aren't student athletes grand?
One of the Top 5's faves was at it again last weekend. The unemployed Stephon Marbury bought a ticket in Row A for the Knicks home opener. So he sat in the front row. But that's Row AA (Spike Lee territory.) Marbury had to move to the second row, so instead he went home. Too bad. He missed the Knicks getting wasted in overtime. He would have felt right at home.
5. The Great Pumpkin.....Race
They've been doing it for years in Boulder, Colorado. The Naked Pumpkin Race. You wear a pumpkin on your head, and nothing else. But police had enough. They threatened to arrest the revelers and label them "sex offenders." (The ACLU charged it was a violation of "naked runners' rights." I somehow missed that when I studied the Constitution.) So alas, there was no race this Halloween. And to think they call the Masters Golf tournament "A tradition like no other."
Happy Birthday: Former Heavyweight Champ Larry Holmes. 60.
Bonus Birthday: Hold your ears. One of the worst National Anthem singers of all time, Roseanne Barr. 57.
Today in Sports: Wilt Chamberlain scores 72 points vs. the Lakers. Shoot, that was nothing. He had already scored 100 vs. the Knicks the previous March. (Featured in my new kids book "The Greatest Moments in Sports" due out one week from today! Order your holiday gifts now! Pretty shameless, huh?) 1962.
Bonus Event: Lisa Gherardini's husband paid some painter to do a portrait of her. You can find it at the Louvre. Some people refer to the painting as the Mona Lisa. 1507.