11/04/2011 11:48 am ET Updated Jan 04, 2012

Top 5 Sports Stories

TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 4, 2011 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • NBA talks will resume tomorrow. Some players are urging the union to decertify which certainly won't speed up the process.
  • Go figure. Cubs great Ryne Sandberg has been ruled out of the running for the Cubs managerial opening. He'll be interviewed for the rival Cardinals job.
  • One of the three Alou Brothers, Matty Alou, is dead at the age of 72. He was a two-time all-star who played for six different teams.

2. TV Guide

It should be some fun football viewing this weekend. In college football it's #1 vs. #2, LSU against Alabama. It's the game of the century... until the next game of the century later this season. Then there's the Giants and Patriots for the first time since Super Bowl 42. After that game, Steve Young asked me on the field if the Giants upset was the greatest story in the history of New York sports? I ranked it right up there, but not the greatest. Not bigger than Super Bowl III, the Miracle Mets are even the '94 Rangers. But it was still one of the coolest sports events I ever attended.

3. Found in Translation

So when I wrote "Thuh Yankees win" in Taiwanese is 洋基队获胜, but I couldn't be sure. Top 5 subscriber R.F. forwarded the text to a colleague in Taiwan. The actual translation is "The Top 5 is the best thing on the web." Just kidding. That earlier translation is accurate. Oh well.

4. Friday eMailbag

When I asked why Bobby Valentine's name isn't in the mix for the current managerial openings, @fenwayfruitgirl Tweeted @LenBermanSports, "Time for the next generation to step in, old school needs to step aside."

S.L. makes a good geographical point about Boise State, Air Force and Houston joining the Big East. "The schools are, in fact, all located east of the Pacific."

When I quipped that all those people camped out downtown in New York are waiting for the "Mets victory celebration," A.T. wrote, "A lot of children will be born down in the Wall Street area waiting for that Mets parade."
Editor's Note: Ouch.

And with Lenny Dykstra fighting Jose Canseco in a celebrity boxing match tomorrow night, J.H. asks "Who is the referee going to be, Mark McGwire?"

5. Spanning the World

This week's Spanning the World highlight comes courtesy of Top 5 subscriber Eric G. (Actually he was the first of several who sent it along, thanks for looking out for me.) It's from the Swedish hockey league. A guy scores a goal and decides to hug his opponent. Not a good idea. The last replay is the best.

Spanning the World airs monthly on NBC's Today Show. Next up, Thursday December 1st in the 8:30am half hour.

Happy Birthday: Former Major Leaguer Tito Francona, the father of the former Red Sox manager. 78.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Matthew McConaughey. 42.

Today in Sports: Ten years ago today, the Arizona Diamondbacks score two in the bottom of the 9th against Mariano Rivera to win game 7 of the World Series against the Yankees. 2001.
Bonus Event: Hey look what we found, King Tut's tomb. 1922.

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