01/12/2012 10:44 am ET Updated Mar 13, 2012

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 12, 2012 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • Leave it to Justin Tuck of the Giants to nail it when anonymous Jets ripped their quarterback Mark Sanchez. Tuck Tweeted, "unnamed sources" = cowards. Man up.
  • #1 Syracuse is now 18-0 after beating Villanova 79-66.
  • The hottest player on earth? Kobe Bryant. 24 hours after scoring 48 he poured in 40 as the Lakers beat Utah in overtime 90-87.
  • Game of the night. Chris Paul and the Clippers beat Miami in overtime 95-89.

2. Ouch

So what am I doing with this Top 5 you might wonder? Well, I'd like to entertain my subscribers, perhaps educate them a little and at the very least give you something to think about. What am I not trying to do? Piss you off. But I failed yesterday for several of you. Many didn't like my point: Performance is performance period... even if at times it was artificially enhanced. Strip away the PEDs and Bonds and Clemens are still Hall-worthy. From an unhappy subscriber in Illinois: "I have been a youth coach for 42 years trying to teach fair play and other life skills in spite of some pretty bad role models." Another in New York City wrote, "You have got to be kidding me. I just unsubscribed!" Yikes. I thought people only unsubscribed when the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition arrived?

3. The Guarantee

It was arguably the greatest upset in football history and one of the biggest in any sport. The upstart AFL New York Jets, 18-point underdogs, beat the NFL's best, the Baltimore Colts, in Super Bowl III. The ramifications for the NFL were enormous. And with Joe Namath "guaranteeing" the win it solidified his place in the pantheon of New York sports greats forever. The only flip side for Jets fans, they've never been back to the Super Bowl. But take a moment to bask in the memory of what happened 43 years ago today.

4. Tweet Tweet

If you think the world revolves around sports, think again. Lady Gaga has the most followers on Twitter, approaching 18 million. You have to go down to 17th place to find an athlete, Brazilian soccer star Kaka, 7.9 million. The top American sports star is Shaq, 47th with 4.8 million followers, and he's retired. But at least one team is doing something about it. For a game next month, the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League won't have the players names on the back of their jerseys, instead they'll have their Twitter handles. And to think the fuddy-duddy Yankees still won't put anything but numbers on their backs.

5. Nuts to You

Thought you'd like to see Conan O'Brien's take on Denver's winning touchdown. The end zone spike (more like a plop) needs a little work.

Happy Birthday: The Philadelphia Flyers outstanding young center Claude Giroux. 24.
Bonus Birthday: Howard Stern. 58.

Today in Sports: See #3 above. 1969.
Bonus Event: Perhaps one of the worst investments of all time: Todd McFarlane pays $3.005 million for Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball. 1999.

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