TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for May 21, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* All aboard. The Subway Series resumes tonight at Citi Field.
* Of course Lance Armstrong has denied Floyd Landis' allegations that Armstong and everyone else on the American cycling team was doping.
* The Washington Post reports that Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss received HGH from that Canadian doctor charged with illegal drug distribution.
* Doug Collins is expected to be named Philadelphia 76ers coach today.
2. Department of Transportation
OK, calling it the Subway Series when the Mets play the Yankees is a bit of a stretch. It fondly recalls the good old days when the Yankees and Dodgers and Yankees and Giants squared off in daytime World Series games that you actually went to on the subway. But with the cost of tickets today, what percentage of high priced ticket holders do you actually think will schlep on the Flushing 7 Train tonight? The nerve of some people who drive right up to Citi Field and sit in a catered luxury box as a guest. No wait, that's me. Drop by and say "hi."
3. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
It's been a bad week for the media outside the ballpark. In San Francisco, Padres pitcher Mat Latos threw a ball out of AT&T Park during batting practice and smashed the sunroof of a car owned by Giants announcer Dave Flemming. Latos offered to pay for the damage. While in Philly, A Montreal sportswriter covering the Flyers/Canadiens playoff series had a tire slashed on his car and his Quebec license plate stolen. I have two words for my media friends going to the stadium. Public transportation.
4. Friday eMailbag
When I tweaked the city of Cleveland in regards to LeBron James, D.R. a Cleveland native wrote, "Cleveland does have a first-rate Symphony Orchestra, a terrific museum, outstanding medical care at the Cleveland Clinic, excellent universities, beginning with Case Western Reserve, a lively theater scene, and beautiful suburbs for raising kids in affordable housing with good schools."
Editor's Note: I guess D.R. isn't impressed with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When I talked about the anniversary of Mickey Mantle's 500th home run on May 14th, 1967 against Baltimore, P.M. emailed, "I remember seeing the game on TV. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Mark Belanger hit his first Major League home run earlier in the same game."
Editor's Note: It's true, great piece of trivia. And Belanger only hit 19 more in his 18-year career.
G.D. is annoyed with how traveling is/isn't called in the NBA, particularly when Kobe Bryant or LeBron James is involved. "Watch the replays ... two and half steps on every drive and never a travel call! Love the NBA but they have a separate set of rules for superstars."
Editor's Note: I believe it's 3 steps in the playoffs.
And when I wrote about Wimbledon inviting bards to write poetry at the matches this summer, M.T. thinks the idea will work at Citi Field. He pens:
The stadium is quiet
The bats are too
Nothing wins in NY that wears orange and blue
5. Spanning the World
Here's my Spanning the World highlight of the week. I was watching CNN the other day when I saw this great video clip. It's a collision at a track meet. Turns out it happened several years ago in Stuttgart, Germany.
It's a classic.
I guess they need to install traffic lights on the track.
Happy Birthday: Retiring (after this season) Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox. 69.
Bonus Birthday: I pity the fool who doesn't know that Mr. T. is 58 today.
Today in Sports: Two thirds home. Eventual Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew wins the Preakness. 1977.
Bonus Event: Lucky Lindy. Charles Lindbergh completes the first solo airplane trip across the Atlantic. 1927.