Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 27, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Finally some good news for the Mets. Ace pitcher Johan Santana threw off the mound pain free for the first time since elbow surgery.
* Pitcher Ben Sheets signs a one year, $10-million contract with Oakland. Will Johnny Damon be the next to sign with the A's? The Yankees say they can't afford Damon. Who knew they had a budget?
* It won't be a "sisters semi" at the Australian Open. Venus lost, Serena survived. Roger Federer advanced to the semis for the 23rd straight time in a Grand Slam.
* That didn't take long. In their first game as #1, Kentucky loses to South Carolina 68-62.
2. $uper Bowl
As a public service, as of yesterday, there were nearly 5,000 Super Bowl tickets available on Stub Hub. They range from $1,675. in the end zone to a suite for $339,715. But will the economy finally catch up to the Super Bowl? Is there a place in today's world for a face value ticket of $1,000 for a football game? Of course that doesn't include airfare, hotel, meals and souvenirs. The Super Bowl program alone goes for $25. For 25 bucks you could have bought 4 tickets for Super Bowl I and gotten a buck change.
3. All Star Game?
By comparison the Pro Bowl will be played in the same stadium this coming Sunday. The Stub Hub range for that game starts at just $35.00 a ticket. Of course lots of players have begged out because of "injury," and you won't see anybody playing from Colts or Saints, the 2 top teams in the NFL. (Although the NFL is forcing players chosen from those teams to show up and stand there.) So you really have to ask yourself, is the Pro Bowl really necessary? I guess it is for degenerate gamblers. There's actually a point spread for this glorified exhibition game. The NFC is a slight favorite, but as a helpful tip from the Top 5, don't bet on it.
4. Rose Ruiz Lives
Shocking. A whole bunch of runners cheated in a recent Chinese marathon. It seems if you do well in a marathon it helps you get into college. So some runners took public transportation during the race, some hired faster runners. And some even gave their "timing devices" to a speedy guy, who carried the devices across the finish line. Of course this stuff is nothing new. At the 1904 Olympic Marathon in St. Louis, New Yorker Fred Lorz was the first across the finish line. He wasn't feeling well during the race, so he rode for awhile in a car. They confiscated his winning wreath.
A Brown University study concluded that baseball outfielders catch fly balls by keeping their eye on the ball. They don't call it the Ivy League for nothing.
Happy Birthday: 2000 U.S. Open tennis winner Marat Safin. 30.
Bonus Birthday: If Mozart were alive today, he'd be 254 years old. He was born on this date in 1756.
Today in Sports: Wide Right! The Giants escape Super Bowl XXV with a win over the Buffalo Bills, 20-19. 1991.
Bonus Event: Sweet Georgia Brown. The Harlem Globetrotters play their first game. 1927.