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Len Berman

Len Berman

Posted: November 4, 2009 10:20 AM

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Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 4, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

Game 6 of the World Series is tonight in the Bronx. The Yankees lead the Phillies 3 games to 2. 7:57pm ET FOX.

Pedro Martinez will face Andy Pettitte who is pitching on 3 days rest for the first time in 3 years.

Times are tough. The world's largest automaker, Toyota, is pulling out of Formula One racing.

You know how college basketball teams schedule those cupcake teams early in the year? Syracuse played Division II Le Moyne last night at home, and LOST! It was dubbed an "exhibition" game.

2. I Rest My Case

Wow, so much is made of "rest" for pitchers. Are they that fragile? What about Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson who won clinching World Series games on 2 days rest? Gibson scoffs at all this talk of rest, especially with how much money these pitchers make. In the 1964 World Series Gibson won game 5 against the Yankees by pitching 10 innings on 3 days rest. And then he won game 7, a 9 inning complete game, on two days rest.

It's an old quote, but apropos. "You rest when you're dead."

3. Daddy-O

How strange a sight to see Pedro Martinez on the mound for the Phillies in game 6 tonight. He of the legendary, "The Yankees are my daddy" quote when he pitched for the Red Sox. And Pedro incredulously said the other day that the media has turned him into "at times the most influential player that ever stepped in Yankee Stadium." Oh really? That Babe guy, Joe D. and the Mick might have something to say about that.

Anyway subscriber Henry K. suggests the Yankees should have Don Zimmer throw out the first ball tonight. Zimmer of course was famously thrown to the ground by Pedro during a Yankees/Red Sox fight in 2003.

4. The Real Skin-ny

When in doubt, blame the media. It's a mess in Washington and we're not talking politics, it's the 2 & 5 Redskins. The organization is blaming the media for stirring up negative fan reaction. They are also banning TV crews from talking to tailgating fans. I think the organization is on the right track. If that damn media would stop printing the NFL standings, Redskins fans would have no idea that the team stinks.

5. One Good Turn

So during the Spurs/Kings NBA game on Halloween, a pesky bat kept flying around the court. Finally, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili swatted it out of the air to the cheers of the crowd. Sadly, the bat met his demise. End of story right? Wrong. Ginobili had to take rabies shots, and now PETA has chimed in. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Their statement: "To bludgeon a 4-ounce animal to death, it takes either a small man or a totally unthinking one--with no respect or consideration for lives humbler than his own."

They must be fun people to go hunting with.

Happy Birthday: National League MVP and shortstop for the 1960 World
Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, Dick Groat. 79.

Bonus Birthdays: Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Sean Combs. They are all
40 today.

Today in Sports: In a game 7 stunner, the Arizona Diamondbacks score
twice in the bottom of the 9th against Mariano Rivera to beat the
Yankees in the World Series. 2001.

Bonus Event: It was so last year. Barack Obama is elected Prez.


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