Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 26, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Brett Favre says his return is "highly unlikely." Which means he doesn't have a clue.
* Andy Roddick loses to Marin Cilic in the 5th set of his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Rafael Nadal withdrew from his match with a knee injury against Andy Murray.
* Is every bounce going New Orleans' way? Chris Paul hit a jumper with 3.8 seconds left to give the Hornets a 98-97 win in Portland.
* The Mets have begun a mini-camp in Port St. Lucie. And nobody got hurt! Yet.
2. The OT Debate Goes OT
I'm surprised how many of you disagree with my take on NFL overtime. I think it would be a travesty if somebody wins the toss in overtime at the Super Bowl, kicks a cheap field goal and wins the championship. Many of you like the rule as it stands. Your reasoning: There are 3 aspects to football, offense, defense and special teams. It's not all about the offense. So taking your logic, in baseball, the first team to score in extra innings wins. They not only have defense in baseball, but it's the only sport when you're of offense the other team has the ball! So make it sudden death. Hardly.
3. Black and White
Last week a former wrestling promoter said he was going to start an all-white basketball league. And the guy, Don "Moose" Lewis claims there is nothing racist about it. He just feels that whites need an opportunity to compete in basketball. He's calling it the "All-American Basketball Alliance."
Otherwise known as the Klan.
4. Down Undies
The hottest issue at the Australian Open is whether or not Venus Williams was wearing underwear. Turns out she was, but it was flesh colored so from a distance it disappeared. You can imagine the frenzy it created. She said she designed it herself. I take that to mean she's proud of her effort.
5. Been There Done That
It turns out the fan in Tennessee who wants to name a sewage treatment center after departed coach Lane Kiffin wasn't original. Bob T. pointed out in the comments section of www.ThatsSports.com that San Francisco voters actually went to the polls in 2008 to decide if their city's sewage facility should be named "in honor" of departing President George Bush. The measure failed 70-30. The spokesman for the proposition, named Peaches, is described as a "basketball player-sized drag queen." She said she had a speech all set but when the proposition failed, she chucked it, but planned on partying anyway. That's the spirit.
Happy Birthday: The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. 49.
Bonus Birthday: Ellen DeGeneres. 52.
Today in Sports: The Super Bowl Shuffle. The Chicago bears annihilate the Patriots in Super Bowl XX, 46-10. 1986.
Bonus Event: Ben Franklin is annoyed that the Bald Eagle is chosen as America's symbol. He wanted the Turkey. 1784.