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

Top 5 Sports Stories

TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 13, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

That didn't take long. The first NBA coach gets fired, Byron Scott
in New Orleans. The Hornets are 3 and 6.

In Thursday night football, The 49ers beat the Bears 10-6.

If you're wondering why in the world Tiger Woods is playing a golf
tournament in Australia this week (he leads by 3 shots after 2
rounds), he's getting a $3-million appearance fee.

Tommy can you hear me? Word is The Who will perform at halftime of
the Super Bowl.

2. Glimmer of Hope

I was at a sports/business conference yesterday and shared a panel
with MSG President Scott O'Neil. The audience didn't care about the
business of sports, they wanted to know if the Knicks will sign LeBron
James. O'Neill couldn't comment specifically for fear of tampering.
But he emphatically said Knick fans are going to be very very happy
for the next decade. Take from that, what you will. Here's another
tidbit to make Knick fans drool. The other night in Orlando, James
wore Nike basketball shoes with "New York" stitched on one, and "27"
on the other. To commemorate the Yankees 27th world championship.

3. Helmet Heads

The Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article the other day. It
suggested one way to cut down on head injuries in football is to do
away with helmets. Counter-intuitive eh? The theory is without
helmets, the players aren't so reckless. And the helmets don't do much
to protect the brain in the first place Phil Esposito once told me,
the way to eliminate stick swinging in hockey is to get rid of hockey
helmets. Same theory. Players will make nice without all that
protective gear. But football without helmets? They wouldn't all
appear to be gladiators. We would be able to tell the players apart.
They'd actually look human. Is that what we really want?

4. Friday Mailbag

When I suggested by altering the color of his skin, Sammy Sosa, who
also doctored his bat and flunked a drug test might have won the
"alteration triple crown" B.B. wrote: "I think he actually got a
"golden sombrero".... isn't he the same guy who somehow forgot how to
speak/understand English during the 2 1/2 hour flight from Miami to
D.C. for the congressional hearings on steroids?"

M.P. is really annoyed by the Giants losing streak. She writes " The
Giants are so predictable in their play calling it's as if they are
telegraphing their plays. I have season tickets to the Giants for over
35 years and the disappointments far outweigh their three Super Bowl

Editor's Note: Wow M.P. Be glad you're not a Jets fan.

From New York sports fan J.W. "The Giants suck, the Jets suck, the
Knicks suck , the Nets suck and I cannot watch hockey."
Editor's Note: I'm guessing you're kinda looking ahead to the next
baseball season.

And when I mentioned a certain man on the flying trapeze from 1859,
D.P. wrote: "Jules Leotard? What's next, Jacques Strapp?"

5. Line of the Week

The Bonus event the other day was the 40th anniversary of Sesame
Street. Sportswriter Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times noted the
occasion with: "Today's sports column is brought to you by the letters
P-E-D (performance enhancing drugs) and the symbol $."

Happy Birthday: Former Yankee pitcher and pitching coach Mel
Stottlemyre. 68.
Bonus Birthday: Comedian/Actress Whoopi Goldberg. 54.

Today in Sports: Harvard and Yale play the first college football
game wearing uniforms. I guess before that they didn't wear anything.

Bonus Event: A guy named Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter that said,
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and
taxes." 1789.

I'll have a book signing tonight in Clinton, New Jersey. Clinton Book
Shop. 6:30pm.