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TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 6, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com

1. Quick Hits

* A Louisville jury found Karen Sypher guilty of trying to extort money from Louisville coach Rick Pitino for keeping their tryst secret. In return, the married Pitino was found guilty in the court of public opinion of being a sleaze-ball for having sex on a table with Sypher in a restaurant.
* Tiger Woods continues to be an ordinary golfer on the PGA tour. He is 10 strokes back after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.
* How times flies. The NFL preseason begins Sunday night with the Hall of Fame game in Canton between the Cowboys and Bengals.
* Tampa Bay fell into second place in part because of the roof on their domed stadium. Jason Kubel's 9th inning pop-up for the Twins hit a catwalk and fell in for a single near the pitcher's mound. It helped the Twins beat the Rays 8-6.


2. Hall of Shame

So in light on A-Rod's 600th home run, the conversation turns to the 3 tainted members of the "600 home run club." How many will make it to the Cooperstown? If I had to bet, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez will make it some day, not so Sammy Sosa. I'm guessing that sportswriters will eventually believe that the two of them would have made it with or without steroids. I know many of you say "keep out all the bums," but I thought what John H. wrote on my Facebook page, "Len Berman's Top 5," was pretty good. "Tighter-wound baseballs, band-box stadiums, the raising of the pitcher's mound, and so on. It is shameful what A-Rod and many others did. But it is part of the game's history now. It cannot be undone."

And don't get me started on Pete Rose either. He belongs in Cooperstown.

3. Crystal Balling

It seems that the NFL is exploring the possibility of inserting a chip in footballs to help determine touchdowns and first downs. Bingo. There's the future. Chips in balls, gloves and bases in baseball. Umpires become obsolete. That is, until the system goes on the fritz. A new notation in the box score. "A one hour chip delay."

(P.S. This technology will be too late to help the Marlins. This call cost them their game against the Phillies in the bottom of the 9th last night.)


4. Friday eMailbag

P.G. is disgusted with his fellow Mets fans. "Went to the Met game yesterday. They were showing "highlights" from other games. When they showed Ryan Howard being helped off the field with an injury, you should have heard the roar of approval from the crowd. I thought NY sports fans were better than that."

As for the holdout of Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis, S.H. wrote on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5," Only the Jets could have 40 years of futility, get a guy who they spend a year building up as Ronnie Lott and Superman rolled into one, and then refuse to pay him. Score one for the Jim Dolan school of sports ownership."

When I wrote that the first Lincoln penny was produced in 1909, B.P. asked, "I wonder who was on the penny before Lincoln?"
Editor's Note: Jack Benny?

And D.L. mused, "How can the Greenbrier Golf Classic be a classic if this was the first one?
Editor's Note: Classic.

5. Spanning the World

This week's Spanning the World highlight is the "world's farthest basketball shot" as it's billed on YouTube.

The shot was made from near the top of the Vulcan Monument in Birmingham. What's next, a basket from the Goodyear blimp?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Happy Birthday: Former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson. 45.
Bonus Birthday: Oh Lucy! The great Lucille Ball would have been 99 today.

Today in Sports: One down, 510 to go. Cleveland Spiders pitcher Cy Young wins in his Major League Debut. (Featured in my soon to be released kids book, "The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All-Time.") 1890.

Bonus Event: 19-year old Getrude Ederle went for a dip. She became the first woman to swim the English Channel. 1926.

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