10/25/2011 11:03 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2011

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 25, 2011 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • The Texas Rangers are one win away from their first-ever World Series title after beating St. Louis 4-2 in game 5.
  • Game 6 is tomorrow night in St. Louis at 8:05 pm Eastern on FOX.
  • 37-year old Red Sox assistant general manager Ben Cherrington will replace the departed Theo Epstein in Boston.
  • The Phillies decline their options on pitchers Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge.
  • The NBA will reportedly announce at least two more weeks of canceled games today.

2. Ratings Game

Baseball dodged a bullet. Game 4 of the World Series Sunday night had a higher rating than the NFL blowout between the Saints and Colts. The preliminary numbers were 10.1 for baseball and 8.2 for football. Of course that also means that over 80 percent of America didn't care about either one.

3. Pay for Play

It was only a matter of time. While the college conferences fly all over the country chasing bigger paydays, the athletes are asking what about us? The conferences, the schools and the coaches all make big bucks, while the players get penalized for trading jerseys for tattoos. Yes the players get free scholarships but now they want more. Over 300 basketball and football players have formally asked the NCAA for a cut of the TV revenues. The money would pay for education and then the athletes would get what's left over when they graduate. This comes on a day when the colleges are talking about giving student athletes an extra $2,000 in addition to their scholarships. First volleys? And if the football and basketball players get "paid" the other sports will ask "what about us?" Then the women athletes will go to court. Next thing you know, student athletes won't be considered amateurs. (Yes that was sarcasm.) But this squabble over the cash ain't going away and will only intensify.

4. Rule Changes

They changed some of the rules of golf effective January 1st. Now if you address your ball and the wind blows it away you won't be penalized. But what if the wind comes from that gasbag playing partner of yours who won't shut up? Also you can now smooth the sand or soil while playing from a hazard but you can't improve your lie. Why don't they just allow tees in the trap? Let's speed things up.

5. A Quarter Century

25 years ago today that little dribbler up the line at Shea, and well, you know the rest. Untold numbers of people forget there was still a 7th game to play between the Mets and Red Sox. Much like the Miracle on Ice. After beating the Soviets the U.S. still had to beat Finland to win the gold. You can't watch this clip without having strong emotions, whichever team you were rooting for. And seeing an interview with Gary Carter about the Mets not giving up only adds to the poignancy, as he now battles serious health issues. Keep fighting Kid!

Happy Birthday: Coach Bobby Knight. 71.
Bonus Birthday: Singer Katy Perry. 27.

Today in Sports: Bill Buckner. 1986.
Bonus Event: Talk about pure entertainment. A U.S. cabinet meeting was televised for the first time. 1954.

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