Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 15, 2009 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The word is the Phillies are landing the big pitching prize, Roy Halladay, from Toronto. It would be a three team deal sending pitcher Cliff Lee to Seattle.
* The Red Sox dip into the free agent pool grabbing pitcher John Lackey from the Angels, and outfielder Mike Cameron from Milwaukee.
* Godzilla is on the move. The Angels are getting former Yankee Hideki Matsui, the World Series MVP.
* Play Ball! The Red Sox will host the Yankees in the season opener Sunday night April 4th, 2010.
* Make up your mind. First Tag Heuer watches said yesterday they'll continue with Tiger Woods because his personal life isn't their business. Later in the day it apparently became their business as they announced they will now assess their relationship.
2. Guilt by Association
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Tiger Woods, now comes word that a Canadian doctor who has treated Woods and many other athletes is suspected of providing athletes with performance enhancing drugs. The doctor himself was arrested with human growth hormone. Dr. Anthony Galea says he has never treated pro athletes with H.G.H. He says he did fly to Orlando 4 times to help Woods in his recovery from knee surgery, but he says Woods' treatment involved blood platelet therapy. As for the H.G.H., the doctor says he takes it himself five days a week to try to live longer since his wife his 22 years younger than he is. It wouldn't be fair to jump to conclusions, but like everything else involving Tiger Woods these days, it just doesn't look good.
3. Another Mark
While talking about the Mark Ingrams yesterday (Jr. won the Heisman, Sr. is in jail), I mentioned the great play Sr. made in Super Bowl 25 to keep a drive alive. Subscriber Guy K. has another memory. "While Mark Ingram Sr. might be remembered for one thing by Giants fans, he is recalled for something entirely different by Jets fans: He was the recipient of Dan Marino's TD pass in the 1994 Fake Spike Game."
What else is new? A heartbreaking Jets loss, After that season, Jets coach Pete Carroll was fired and replaced by Rich Kotite. Just another defining moment in a long tortured history for Jets fans. Thanks for remembering Guy!
4. A Full Moon
A couple of items you may have missed from the wacky world of sports. I always wondered about those people who work inside mascot costumes at theme parks. They can grab and paw people at will. Now comes word that a guy who serves as a Patriots mascot was arrested for prostitution in Rhode Island. He's been suspended from his "mascot filling job." And two women basketball players at Missouri were suspended for beating up a male cheerleader. It had something to do with making too much noise. Not at a game, silly, at an apartment!
The clever wordsmith of the Seattle Times, Dwight Perry, came up with this beaut on Sunday.
"Yes, we realize the PGA Tour has bigger issues to deal with these days, but shouldn't February's Waste Management Phoenix Open be staged in Flushing, N.Y.?"
Hey buddy boy, leave the cheap shots to those who love them most. Local New York Mets fans!
Happy Birthday: Tigers manager Jim Leyland. 65.
Bonus Birthday: Miami Vice actor Don Johnson. 60.
Today in Sports: A's pitcher Catfish Hunter is ruled a free agent. He later signs with the Yankees. 1974.
Bonus Event: Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. Gone With the Wind premieres in Atlanta. The Governor of Georgia proclaims a state holiday to commemorate the event. 1939.