Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 30, 2009 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Tiger Woods continues to stonewall the cops. He issued a statement claiming responsibility for his car accident. He called all the rumors swirling around (his affair, a fight with his wife) " unfounded, malicious and irresponsible."
* The Colts are now 11-0 after overcoming a 17-0 deficit to beat Houston 35-27. New Orleans goes for 11-0 tonight at home against the Patriots.
* Nets coach Lawrence Frank falls short of tying the record for starting a season 0-17. The Nets fired him before the Nets went out and lost to the Lakers last night thus tying the record.
* Is that backwards? Eye-popping college basketball score from the long holiday. Portland 74, UCLA 47.
2. Chip Shots
Where to begin on the Tiger Woods fiasco? Finally, something the control freak couldn't control. He should have pulled a "Letterman." Confront the issue publicly head-on and move along. And this will not affect his precious endorsements unless the story turns darker. Speaking of endorsements, good point from subscriber Jerry S. "Shouldn't Tiger have been in a Buick? Looks like Cadillac is the real winner here."
You mean Tiger doesn't drive a Buick even though he incessantly plugs them ? Shocking!
3. Once Upon a Time...
...there was a perfect golfer with a perfect swing with a perfect wife, family and life. And then if you want to believe the tabloids he had an affair, got in an argument with his wife, she came after him with a golf club and he smashed up his car. If it's true, the question becomes why does a person who has everything screw it up? To paraphrase a John D. Rockefeller legend, he was once asked since he has all the money in the world, what more could be possibly want? He answered "just a little bit more."
4. The Voice of God
99-year old Bob Sheppard says he is through as the Yankees public address announcer. He started his Yankee Stadium career in 1951 and along the way also handled the P.A. for Giants football for half a century. A classy guy who only cared about articulation and getting the pronunciation right. He also did favors for friends. At one time, if you called Braves Manager Bobby Cox's answering machine at home you would hear in God-like tones, "Ladies and Gentleman, Bobby is unavailable to come to the phone at this time." How cool is that? There is only one Bob Sheppard. He will be sorely missed.
5. Just so you Know
You probably thought you were getting posts from some rinky dink sportscaster. Well, as of today, you are now getting posts from a rinky dink sportscaster who is also a New York Times Best Selling Author. Yup, me and Grisham. My kids book, The Greatest Moments in Sports, debuted this weekend at #9 in Children's Chapter Books. This news doesn't mean you'll see a noticeable improvement in the Top 5, it just means my head will swell a little. But in due time your email responses will cut me down to size! By the way, a sincere thank you to all of you who helped make this happen.
Happy Birthday: Bo knows birthdays. Former football/baseball star Bo Jackson. 47.
Bonus Birthday: I like the lyrics, but I'm not crazy about the words. American Bandstand's Dick Clark. 80.
Today in Sports: Floyd Patterson, at age 21, became the youngest heavyweight champ when he knocked out Archie Moore in the 5th round. 1956.
Bonus Event: Hey Lucy I'm home! Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz tie the knot. 1940.