12/13/2011 10:55 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2012

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 13, 2011 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing so we won't hear from some of his accusers today.
  • The Dolphins fire coach Tony Sparano. The Kansas City Chiefs fire coach Todd Haley.
  • Monday Night Football: Seattle beat the Rams 30-13. At 6-7 the Seahawks are alive for the playoffs.
  • The Mets took out another $40 million loan recently which helps explain their lack of spending on players this off season.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers sign Cubs free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
  • Tim Tebow now has a nickname with traction, the "Mile High Messiah."

2. NBA Is an Anagram for BAN

Something is out of whack. The NBA runs the New Orleans Hornets and the league is being blaming for getting in the way of deals that would have sent Chris Paul to either the Lakers or the Clippers. Doesn't this set up the precedent where every major proposed deal has to cross David Stern's desk? So why doesn't he take it a step further and just assign players to teams in the "best interests of the NBA?" Stern and the owners claimed the old system was broken. How's the new one working out so far?

3. Tebowing

How can you not love the Tim Tebow story? Everyone continues to knock him and his religious beliefs and all he does is win. After his latest "miracle" (that's what a teammate called it) the Chicago Bears sniped at him. Brian Urlacher had the snarky comment "He's a good running back." Love it. And if you want to join the "religiosity" you too can buy your Tim Tebowing Christmas cards on eBay. I'm turning into a Broncos fan. God bless 'em, so to speak.

4. Pujol$

So I guess you weren't buying either what Albert Pujols was selling. He said it was God's "calling" that drove him to Anaheim. Some of your thoughts:

*Tim H. If Albert Pujols is such a God-fearing guy and only does what God wants, I wonder if he will tithe and give 10% (off the top) to his church?

*Will C. on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5," It was more like Washington, Lincoln, Hamilton or Jackson that was calling.

*Mark P. It is encouraging that the Lord takes time off from commanding all those Republican candidates to run for president.

5. Silent Night

Here's another cool tradition, the annual "Silent Night" game at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. The fans sit on their hands until Taylor scores its 10th point and then they go nuts.
And how about those fetching outfits some of those student scholars are wearing?

Happy Birthday: Oisk. Former Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine. 85.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Steve Buscemi. 54.

Today in Sports: The Brooklyn Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the New York Giants, but Jackie retires from baseball. 1956.
Bonus Event: Lost and found. The Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre in 1911, was recovered in Florence. 1913.

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