Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 10, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com
1. Quick Hits
* The Seattle Mariners fire manager Don Wakamatsu. Then they turn a triple play and beat Oakland, so they're only 22 games out of first with 49 to play.
* The New York Post reports the NBA could void the deal which has Isiah Thomas double-dipping in college and with the Knicks.
* The Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets will play two regular season games next March in London.
* A British bookmaker has Tiger Woods at 14-1 to win this week's PGA Championship. It's his highest price in over 10 years.
2. Rose Colored Glasses
Why am I not surprised? I didn't get a single positive response to Isiah Thomas being back on the Knicks payroll. @DJtheScore tweeted me @LenBermanSports that he's starting a petition to get the Dolans to sell the Knicks. But look on the bright side, the Dolans probably aren't even the worst owners in the NBA. That honor may belong to Donald Sterling of the Clippers. Three decades of ownership, two winning seasons. Then again that's not good news for Knicks fans. If the NBA can't do anything about Sterling, what can they possibly do about the Dolans?
3. Tennis Anyone?
No American men made the top 10 in the world tennis rankings yesterday. You know the last time that happened? Never. The rankings debuted in 1973, and Stan Smith was #3, Arthur Ashe #4 and Jimmy Connors #10. The top American today? Andy Roddick: #11. We had a golf discussion a couple of weeks back. The same question. Why aren't Americans dominating the leaderboard as they once did? Is the argument the same for tennis? Too expensive? Too many other things to do? Yadda yadda yadda. Or do people from other countries just work harder at their sports?
4. And the Beat Goes On
Thanks to subscriber Arnold K. for tipping us off to the latest bit of pro sports greed. I present to you the Arizona Diamondbacks. They are mired in last place with a fighting chance to lose 100 games this season. They have slashed payroll, putting them right near the bottom. So what did they do for next season? Right. They raised ticket prices. And act now, so you can be guaranteed a seat for the All Star Game which they are hosting. Hey ,there won't be any Diamondbacks in the game, but you'll have your seat along with the honor of paying more for the regular season, to get less. Now that's sports!
5. Step Right Up
The Reading Phillies caused a near riot with their giveaway the other day. A Ryan Howard garden gnome. A what? Here ya go.
Fans lined up up 4 hours before the game to get their hands on one. Several turned up on eBay. They were going for 50-bucks.
Any ideas of what they'll think of next?
Happy Birthday: I think he's still chucking up shots in Houston, former Knick John Starks. 45.
Bonus Birthday: Singer and former husband of Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens, Eddie Fisher. 82.
Today in Sports: What a wimp. Yankees pitcher Jack Chesbro ends his streak of 30 complete games. 1904.
Bonus Event: Pretty shrewd. Michael Jackson buys the Beatles song catalog for $47-million. 1985.