Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 6, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* No Hollywood ending. Duke beats Butler 61-59 in a thrilling game to win the national championship.
* Among those elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame: Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls, Karl Malone, Utah Jazz, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, the late Dennis Johnson, who won championships in Seattle and Boston and legendary N.J. high school coach Bob Hurley, Sr.
* The Red Sox have signed pitcher Josh Beckett to a 4 year $68 million extension.
* Hot stuff. Albert Pujols of the Cards hit two homers on opening day. Atlanta phenom Jason Heyward homered in first major league at bat.
Can you imagine if Gordon Hayward's shot had dropped from half court for Butler to beat Duke? We would have been watching reruns of Hoosiers ad infinitum. And rightly so. I also might have had to update my best selling kids book The Greatest Moments in Sports. At all my book appearances I talk about Roger Bannister, the first to break the 4-minute mile. The morning of his big race he was in the hospital library. I always get a laugh when I ask, "name me one other athlete who was studying his books the morning of his big event." Well it turns out many of the Butler players were in class yesterday morning. I nearly had to yell "get me rewrite!"
3. Yakety Yak
I have to admit I was surprised by Tiger Woods news conference yesterday. I thought they would try to limit the discussion to mainly golf. But some news did evolve. He firmly denied ever taking HGH or performance enhancing drugs. He revealed that he played through a torn Achilles last year. And he finally acknowledged that he needs to show more appreciation for the fans. In the end, actions will speak louder than words which we've certainly had more than enough of.
4. Tuesday Tidbits
* Tough fans. During the opening day introductions at Citi Field the Mets training/conditioning staff got booed. The Mets won the game anyway.
*According to USA Today, opening day player salaries are down 17%. Pass the hat.
*They're scratching their heads in Oakland over the A's cutting their home run leader Jack Cust. It must be the stadium. They've been scratching their heads over the Raiders moves for years.
5. Two on the Aisle
You listen to a Yankee game and a Broadway show breaks out. When Curtis Granderson hit a homer in his Yankee debut, radio voice John Sterling announced it was "something sort of grandish." That's a song from the show Finian's Rainbow. Here are some other possible home run calls.
*Everything's Coming up Roses (Gypsy) for Pete Rose.
*Ol' Man River (Show Boat) for Mickey Rivers.
*How are things in Glocca Morra (Again, Finian's Rainbow) for Melvin Mora.
*If I Were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof) for Rich Gedman, Richie Allen, Bobby Richardson.
Should I go on?
Happy Birthday: The 1964 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Notre Dame, John Huarte. 66.
Bonus Birthday: Cliff on Cheers, actor John Ratzenberger. 63.
Today in Sports: Let the cheating begin! The first modern Olympics began in Athens. 1896.
Bonus Event: So soon? It was splitsville for Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman after just 6 months of happily wedded bliss. Bummer.