Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 7, 2009 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The beat goes on. The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints remain undefeated at 12-0.
* How bad is it for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers? They lose at home to the lowly Oakland Raiders, their 4th straight loss.
* Gentlemen start your hot stoves! The Baseball Winter Meetings begin today in Indianapolis. Expect trades and free agent signings.
* In case you missed it, the Nets will not lose 'em all, and Portland center Greg Oden will not play 'em all. The Nets finally won their first game of the season, beating Charlotte Friday night. And Oden is probably out for the year with a broken kneecap. He's had nothing but injuries since being drafted #1 out of Ohio State in 2007.
2. Enough is Enough
Attention all of Tiger Woods' floozies. You can all crawl back under your rocks. It doesn't matter anymore. Whether he had 2 or 12 mistresses, his image has been trashed. We now know he was a creep. And as long as infidelity is his worst crime, this is the end of the chapter. Now he has to slowly resurrect his golf career. And when he does, that's all that will matter. So it's been nice knowing you, your 15 minutes of fame are up.
3. Square Pegs in Round Holes
You gotta love it. 5 major college football teams finished their seasons undefeated, yet only two will play for the National Championship. (Alabama and Texas.) That leaves Cincinnati, TCU, and Boise State baying at the moon. The President has "campaigned" for a playoff, and a House subcommittee may even vote this week on a bill forcing college football to have a playoff. This is all about fairness and divvying up the almighty dollar. But I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Playoff? You want a playoff? What, and spoil all this fun?
4. Full Disclosure
My vote was due today. I'm one of those anonymous people who vote for the Heisman Trophy. It's been that way for years. It doesn't matter that I rarely see a college football game in person, they send me a ballot anyway. It also doesn't matter that other than Ernie Davis winning in 1961, I haven't been a huge fan of the award. (Ernie was the Syracuse running back who became the first black Heisman winner.) The Heisman goes to the "best player in college football." And that invariably means a running back or quarterback. I'm waiting for a grunt to win it ... some big slow offensive lineman. Anyway, on the theory of "what have you done for me lately" I voted for Alabama running back Mark Ingram. Obviously I'm all talk.
5. Check Mate
Smoking is not only bad for your health, it can get you booted out of a chess tournament. Two Chinese grand masters were forced to forfeit at the World Chess Cup in Russia because they were late getting back from their smoke break. One of them was asked if he would now give up smoking? He answered, after such a shock, all I really want to do is light up.
Happy Birthday: The great Larry Bird. 53.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Eli Wallach (check out his credits sometime). 94.
Today in Sports: Teddy Ballgame. The Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year old Ted Williams. 1937.
Bonus Event: Do you really have to look? The date that will "live in infamy." The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. 1941.
I'll be on Morning Joe tomorrow morning at 8:40am on MSNBC to discuss my New York Times best-selling kids book The Greatest Moments in Sports.