09/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Len Berman's Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for August 12, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

It's been reported that Rick Pitino, the married Louisville basketball coach, had sex with a woman at a restaurant and then paid for an abortion. The woman is charged with trying to extort money from Pitino. I thought only governors got involved in this sort of stuff.

Fight night at Fenway. A beanball war with Detroit leads to Boston's Kevin Youkilis charging the mound. Look for a nice suspension.

Pedro Martinez returns to baseball tonight starting for the Phillies at Wrigley.

Never mind. Tiger Woods says he wasn't fined for his critical comments about the official who told his group to "speed it up" on Sunday. Now about those slow players the rest of us have to deal with...

2. All Eyes on the Quarterback

In the NFL it's all about the quarterback. You lose, it's his fault. You win, he's the MVP. How many trees have been sacrificed in the name of Brett Favre? Now it's Michael Vick. Word is he'll be signed this week, somewhere. There are anonymous players all over the country just trying to catch a sniff of the NFL, but you rarely hear about them. That's why the highest paid player in the league won't be an offensive guard or linebacker. Right or wrong, he'll be a quarterback , Eli Manning.

3. My Hero

When I was idolizing Mickey Mantle as a kid, I never gave any thought to his drinking, philandering, or his wife back home. Merlyn Mantle was raising their four sons while her husband was out doing who knows what? I finally met Merlyn a few years back at her beautiful apartment outside Dallas. She frankly discussed her husband's failings and showed me some of his hallowed memorabilia. I left that day thinking this is one classy woman. She passed away the other day leaving two surviving sons. I can't help but think I had idolized the wrong Mantle.

4. Can You Hear me Now?

It sounded like one of those warm fuzzy stories. Deaf soccer teams competing in Australia. But red cards are flying everywhere. Turns out many of the players from Ghana who made the trip weren't really players. They were team officials. The Aussies are asking Ghana to refund the money that the Aussies paid to have them come. But hold on a second. Turns out most of the deaf players on the Australian team, weren't. They could really hear. Let's call this one a draw and NOT settle it with penalty kicks.

5. Pillow Talk

A Nigerian man with a bad stutter can't land a girlfriend. So he intends to marry his pillow. Well lets see. The pillow is soft, cuddly, doesn't talk back and compared with a woman is low maintenance. I think he's on to something.