Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for September 22, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is charged with DUI. The Jets won't let him start Sunday, but he'll play. That'll teach him!
* Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid names Michael Vick his starting quarterback.
* Brandon Jacobs of the Giants is fined $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the stands. Seems to me he got off easy. Somebody could have been seriously hurt.
* Joe Torre publicly apologizes to Mets manager Jerry Manuel for expressing curiosity about the Mets job that Manuel currently occupies. Torre said he's closing the door on the Mets. Speaking of doors closing, the Mets were mathematically eliminated last night.
* Ya think it's easy? Cincinnati's Jim Edmonds strains his leg trotting around the bases after hitting a homer, and has to leave the game.
2. Out Of Control?
The Jets lead the league in noise. And problems. If they're not verbally assaulting a Mexican TV reporter, they're yapping during games, and now wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Edwards had a questionable past when the Jets took a chance on him. Sunday, after scoring a touchdown, he was flagged 15 yards for taunting. His punishment for DUI is less severe. Has to do with the players union. Ever hear of the phrase "character guys?" How about in the same sentence with New York Jets?
3. The Old Switcheroo
You can't make this stuff up. The lawyer who drafted the postnup for the quarreling divorcees, Frank and Jamie McCourt, admitted in court that he switched the papers around after the fact, giving Frank sole ownership of the Dodgers. Are you kidding me?
Earth to Bud Selig. Strip the team from these bozos now, "in the best interests of Dodger fans."
By the way, The Dodgers were also officially eliminated last night.
Which baseball team had the biggest increase in payroll this year? That would be the Minnesota Twins. Which baseball team became the first to clinch its division last night? That would be the Minnesota Twins. Discuss among yourselves.
5. Mascots Gone Wild
You may have seen this by now. The Ohio University mascot assaulting Ohio State's mascot.
Rufus the Bobcat was the clear cut winner in the fracas, unlike their football team. Now the guy who plays Rufus has been banned from being associated with Ohio U.
About the worst thing I've seen is when male cheerleaders from one school grabbed a male cheerleader from the other team, spread his legs and ran him full speed into the goalpost.
Talk about a nasty "post pattern."
Happy Birthday: The future manager of the Mets? Wally Backman. 51.
Bonus Birthday: Singer Debby "You Light Up My Life" Boone. 54.
Today in Sports: The famed "Long Count." Gene Tunney beats champion Jack Dempsey to win the Heavyweight Championship. 1927.
Bonus Event: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." The British hang 21-year old spy Nathan Hale. 1776.