Top 5 Sports Stories

05/20/2010 10:32 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Len Berman Emmy Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Bestselling Author

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for May 20, 2010 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

* We are halfway to a Lakers/Celtics NBA Final. The Lakers take a 2-0 lead after beating Phoenix 124-112.
* Only on the Mets. Angel Pagan hits an-inside-the-park home run and starts a triple play, and they still lose to Washington.
* Good guy golfer, 74-year old Chi Chi Rodriguez, was tied up along with his wife in their Puerto Rico home early yesterday morning. Robbers made off with about half a million dollars in jewelry and other personal items.
* There's serious talk that 3 on 3 half court basketball will be an Olympic event in 2020. Coming soon to the Olympics, H-O-R-S-E?

2. Big W-Heel

OK already, I did it. After denying that he took performance enhancing drugs when he was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory, cyclist Floyd Landis has finally fessed up. Yes, he admits, he was a dope.... er a doper. And he claims everyone else on the American team, including Lance Armstrong, doped up too. What a guy. The old "yesterday I was lying, today I'm telling the truth" defense. Just like Pete Rose. Only worse. If he's going down. he's taking everyone else with him. What a guy.

3. #3

I like it when my subscribers take a "glass is half full" approach. Scott P. tweeted me @LenBermanSports about the Nets getting the third pick in the NBA draft. His tweet: "I can think of a pretty good NBA pick at #3... Michael Jordan. Nets fans need to relax." Nicely done, Scott. Then again in 1987 the Nets had the #3 pick and chose Dennis Hopson. That's the "glass is half empty" approach. That's what I'm here for.

4. Arba (4 in Hebrew)

Why was Tuesday night in baseball different from all other nights? (OK, they weren't all night games, but play along.) Subscriber Ron K. thinks a major league record was set. Most home runs in one day hit by different Jews. 4. Kevin Youkilis, Ian Kinsler, Ryan Braun, and Ike Davis. By the way, do you know how to say home run in Hebrew? It's "home run."

5. Poetic Injustice

At Wimbledon this year, they're going to have bards writing poems about all the goings on during the tournament. Exciting stuff, huh? Here's my unsolicited contribution.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
A Brit won't win it
What else is new?

Happy Birthday: Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita. 70.
Bonus Birthday: Cher. 64.

Today in Sports: Police storm the bleachers at Wrigley Field and arrest 24 fans for gambling. 1920.
Bonus Event: A Norman Rockwell painting graces the cover of the Saturday Evening Post for the first time. 1916.