Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 10, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of the New Orleans Saints in the bounty scandal.
- Sunday's thrilling Masters finish drew its lowest ratings since 2004.
- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen will hold a news conference today in Miami to apologize for saying he "admires" Fidel Castro. His comments didn't go over well with Cuban-Americans living in Miami.
- Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish gave up four runs in the first inning in his Major League debut, but he got the win as Texas beat Seattle 11-5.
- Did I mention that the Mets are the only 4-0 team in baseball?
2. Tiger Clubbing
Welcome to the "Tiger Woods Un-Fan Club." Here are some of your comments about his behavior on the course which included kicking a golf club at the Masters.
J.S. He's a petulant juvenile. He once had a style I loved to watch -- he's lost it.
D.R. The Woods era is officially over. Woods was not missed on TV in the thrilling Sunday conclusion. Indeed, it was better for his absence.
C.K. Don't you think the "Tiger Woods as a role model" ship pretty much sailed after he cheated on his wife... Tiger ALWAYS threw clubs, cursed, was short with the media... why should we expect anything different?"
P.K. One thing that is very telling... how many fellow tour pros came out to congratulate Woods after a major win?
Editor's Note: As opposed to all the pros who were there to congratulate Bubba Watson on Sunday.
3. Breaking News
This one didn't make the Masters telecast. A 40-year-old Masters "patron" (as you know fans don't attend the Masters) was arrested for trying to steal sand from one of the sand traps. Police said he was drinking heavily at the time, and failed to get any sand into his cup. The story did make the Augusta Chronicle. Equally entertaining were the responses from some of the readers. A sampling:
*How many shootings, robberies, assaults and burglaries went unsolved last week? I feel safer knowing this guy is off the street.
*Why didn't the most holy and reverend Masters strike him down with say, a lightning bolt? Thou shalt not steal, right?
*Maybe (Augusta) National can sell sand in those little vials next year to keep another drunk from making a fool of himself. Goodness knows they sell just about everything else that a logo will fit onto.
4. Keeping up with the...
So on your NBA scorecard, Kris Humphries, after his 72 day marriage to what's her name, is having a good season with the New Jersey Nets. Not so for Lamar Odom, who is married to what's her name's sister. Odom is having a miserable year and he's been a frequent target of booing by Dallas Mavericks fans. Now he and the Mavericks have parted company. As for what's her name's other sisters, they aren't married to or dating anyone in the NBA. Don't you feel better informed now?
5. Pine Tar Day
You read that headline right. The Kansas City Royals next month will have a "Pine Tar Day" giveaway. The first 10,000 fans will receive mini "pine tar" bats. Of course it commemorates George Brett's home run in 1983 which was disallowed and later allowed at Yankee Stadium because of the amount of pine tar on his bat. And yes, on "Pine Tar Day" the Yankees will be in town. Perhaps this will start a trend. How about "Corked Bat Day" in Chicago in honor of Sammy Sosa. Or "Vaseline Night" to honor pitcher Gaylord Perry and his doctored baseball. Then there's "Syringe Night." Not limited to any specific team.
Happy Birthday: Football coach and announcer John Madden. 76.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Max van Sydow (nominated this past year for an Oscar). 83.
Today in Sports: South Africa's Gary Player becomes the first foreign golfer to win the Masters. 1961.
Bonus Event: I have a feeling this isn't going to end well. One hundred years ago today the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England. 1912.
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