Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 2, 2009 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
Tiger Woods will be cited for careless driving. End of story?
Yankees manager Joe Girardi went to Jets camp to help teach quarterback Mark Sanchez how to slide. What's next, Mariano Rivera to help him throw?
Not a misprint. The Knicks pummeled Phoenix 126-99 to improve their stellar record to 4-14. They're only 10 games out of first place. Then again they've only played 18.
"Old Reliable," Yankees outfielder Tommy Henrich dies at the age of 96. He won 4 World Championships with the Yanks.
2. Worst Career Drive
Tiger Woods has never had a worse drive. This one will cost him $164 and 4 points on his license, but no criminal charges. This has to be the most famous case of careless driving in history. And of course Woods will be hounded to say "something," anything. We, the public, are not owed a complete explanation. But since the public fuels his popularity and endorsements Tiger can only hope his silence is golden.
Who isn't silent is another woman claiming to be a mistress. And she comes with props. emails and voice mails. This ain't going away soon, no matter how much Woods stonewalls.
3. Racial Profiling
Lets play word association. (Phrase) Racial profiling. (Association) Middle Eastern person detained at the airport. Right? How about NFL racial profiling? Would you believe white running backs? As Sports Illustrated detailed this week there isn't a single starting running back in the NFL who is white. And often times it has nothing to do with ability. Coaches see a white running back and they try to turn him into a linebacker. An NFL running back just has to be black. As Malcolm Gladwell pointed out in Blink, the fairest way for tryouts to be held for symphony orchestras is to have the performers play behind a screen. That way the conductor can't tell the sex and can't discriminate against women. Too bad they don't have a test like that in football.
4. Share and Share Alike
I wonder what some of the highly paid Yankees thought when they received their World Series shares? I mean if you're making $21.6 million (Derek) or $33-million (A-Rod), what do you think when you get a check for $365,052.73. Probably "damn, that's just 180G or so after taxes. Chump change."
One of the greatest teams ever, the 1961 Yankees, got a World Series share of $7389. But Roger Maris, who broke Babe Ruth's home run record that season made $42-thousand. So that $7389 actually meant something.
By the way, a class act. The Angels voted pitcher Nick Adenhart a full playoff share $138,038.51 for his family. Adenhart was killed in a car accident in April.
5. Past Glory
And you thought Tiger's alleged girlfriend and the White House gate-crashing blond were one hit wonders. According to US Magazine, Rachel Uchitel, who denies an affair with Tiger Woods, has dated Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. So says her mom. Talk about a double play.
As for Michaele Salahi, the red-dressed reality show wannabe, I kept waiting for a sports connection. Bingo. She crashed a Washington Redskins game and performed as if she were a Redskins cheerleading alumnus. She wasn't. Next we'll find out she actually shook hands with a Redskins player. Don't they have any security in Washington?
Happy Birthday: 9-time tennis Grand Slam winner (the only one she didn't win was Wimbledon) Monica Seles. 36.
Bonus Birthday: Oops, she's done it again. Britney Spears. 28.
Today in Sports: How'd that work out exactly? Bobby Bonilla signs a record 5-year $29-million contract with the Mets.
Bonus Event: The beginning of lost luggage. LaGuardia Airport opens to commercial traffic 70 years ago today. 1939.