Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 7, 2010 from Len Berman at ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Guns and locker rooms don't mix. Gilbert Arenas of Washington is suspended by the NBA indefinitely. Each missed game costs him $147,208.
* The National Championship game will be played tonight in Pasadena. Alabama (13-0) will face Texas (13-0).
* Andre Dawson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
* Boxing promoter Bob Arum says the big fight in March between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is off. Then again, boxing promoters say lots of things.
2. Hall of Fame
As I outlined yesterday, Andre Dawson was certainly a worthy candidate for the Baseball Hall of Fame. I offer two caveats. He was worthy the way the Hall is currently constituted, admitting "very very good" players, not just "all time greats." And two, he made it in his 9th year of eligibility. Here's my question. Why is someone not a Hall of Famer for 8 years, and then suddenly he becomes one? If you're a Hall of Famer, you're a Hall of Famer. Period. If not, you're just a very good ballplayer.
3. Lets Go the Video Tape
When I think of the now retired Big Unit, Randy Johnson, here's what comes to mind:
* His pulverizing a bird which flew into the path of his fastball in a spring training game.
* His shoving a cameraman the day he arrived in New York to join the Yankees.
* His tripping over first, while running the bases, and planting his face in the dirt. The next day his chalk outline was taped onto the basepath.
* His Diamondbacks team getting into a brawl with the Giants, and when it ended, Johnson emerged wearing a Giants cap by mistake.
Interesting. None of his career accomplishments come to mind. Then again, this is from someone who made a living finding bloopers for Spanning the World.
ESPN announced that they will televise some future sports events in 3D. I'm guessing fields of play with balls flying will look pretty cool in the new technology. Tight shots of ballplayers spitting and fat coaches on the sidelines, not so much.
5. Smile... You're on Candid Camera
So what happens when the oldest profession in the world meets the most popular sport in the world? Before you say, "let the balls fly," this is, shall we say, a sticky wicket in Britain. The coach of a top soccer club went to a brothel and it turns out whatever he was doing in there was video taped! A bloody nightmare for the coach. So far the tape hasn't been released, and he's been assured his job is safe. They've got privacy laws over there, so his name hasn't been released. Which must be tons of fun for all the innocent coaches who are being speculated about. And you thought this stuff only happens in golf?
Happy Birthday: Golfer Natalie Gulbis. 27.
Bonus Birthday: Financially troubled actor Nicolas Cage. 46.
Today in Sports: The L.A. Lakers beat Atlanta 134-90 for their record 33rd consecutive win. It's still the record for any pro sports team. 1972.
Bonus Event: Cheerio! The first transatlantic phone service begins between New York and London. 1927.
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