01/26/2012 10:56 am ET Updated Mar 27, 2012

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for January 26, 2012 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in four sets and advances to the Australian Open final. He'll face the winner of tomorrow's match between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
  • The women's final is now set between #3 Victoria Azarenka and #4 Maria Sharapova.
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's contract has been extended through the 2018 season.
  • The Indianapolis Colts have hired Baltimore defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as their new coach.
  • Tiger Woods returned to golf with a 70 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. He was three shots off the early lead.
  • A funeral service and burial was held yesterday for Joe Paterno. A public memorial will be held today.
2. What a Guy Remember David Einhorn, the rich Milwaukee native who was going to buy into the Mets? The deal fell apart. Now comes word that Einhorn has been fined $11.2 million by the British version of the SEC for insider trading. Remember when rich guy John Spano was going to buy the Islanders and Spano was exposed as a fraud? Sports attracts the loveliest people don't it? 3. Hall of a Debate I see that the Jorge Posada Hall of Fame debate has started early. *B.S. on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5," Jorge is a selfish me first player. Guy took himself out of a game, instead of batting 9th. That is not a team player and that is not what the HOF is about. *S.L. He's only 2nd to Yogi in as a Yankee catcher. I would vote yes for him first ballot no questions asked!!!! And I'm a Met fan saying this! *S.N. He was certainly the weakest of the Core Four. Solid player, but that's it. No HOF. *And Hall of Fame aside, H.B. makes a great point. I think he did it without steroids or PED. Just talent, hard work and dedication like that other Yankee Jeter! Class acts. 4. Going Deep Since I know how much you enjoy it when I mix politics with sports (yeah right), I thought you'd enjoy these totally random pictures that have surfaced. Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul wearing a sharp-looking 1970s Houston Astros uniform in a Congressional baseball game. You might be interested to learn that Paul is the only Congressman to have ever hit a home run over the fence in the Congressional baseball game's 50-year history. And you thought he was just another pretty face.

5. Front Row!

How many people are known for their quotes? Oh sure, there's Yogi, but what if I said "Front Row!" or "Just a little outside." Yup, Mr. Baseball himself, Bob Uecker. So happy 77th Ueck. He always gave great catching advice. "The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up."

Happy Birthday: Bob Uecker. 77.
Bonus Birthday: Ellen DeGeneres. 54.

Today in Sports: 33-year-old Pete Rozelle is elected NFL Commissioner on the 23rd ballot. 1960.
Bonus Event: Speaking of famous quotes, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." Bill Clinton. 1998.