Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for September 11, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
- Andy Murray wins the U.S. Open in five sets over Novak Djokovic. It's Britain's first male grand slam win in 76 years.
- Monday night football, Baltimore beat Cincinnati 44-13. San Diego beat Oakland 22-14.
- Jiyai Shin parred the ninth sudden death playoff hole at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va. yesterday to beat Paula Creamer. It was the longest playoff in LPGA history. Darkness stopped the playoff after 8 holes Sunday.
- Wrestling's Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating at last night's WWE event in Montreal.
2. The Open Is Closed
It was downright chilly in the stands last night at the U.S. Open. (I know, I was there). Interesting that the crowd was chanting "Novak, Novak" when he was behind, but when the match went to a fifth set they were rooting for Andy Murray. And when Djokovic took a medical time out some in the crowd booed. I know my fellow New Yorkers (who comprised most of the crowd) think they're sophisticated fans, but they're just fans like everyone else including the hometown media. Just look at the British tabloid The Sun. They came up with the best headline.
3. Quiet on the Set
Here's a first. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler wants the home crowd to shut up. Not all the time, just when the Bears are in the red zone. He says the fans are making it tough for him to audible at the line of scrimmage. Hey, you go to a football game and a library breaks out. As one fan put it on ESPN.com: "Sorry Jay our bad we will try to tone it down next time -- it's just we have been waiting a long time to see a legitimate NFL offense we haven't figured out how act when we see our boys dominate like that."
4. Name Game
Word was the Big East Conference was considering a name change. Seemed like a good idea. How can you call a conference East with teams all over the map? But alas, the conference announced it's keeping the name because of the "brand equity" they've built up. I guess it makes teaching in elementary school easier. Penmanship is out the window thanks to the computer, now geography is shot to hell as well. Kids, did you hear the one about Boise and San Diego State being in the East?
Sports stopped on this date 11 years ago. Everything did. It took 10 days for the sports world to resume. I defy you to find a home run that induced more goosebumps than Mike Piazza's game winning two run homer against the Braves in the bottom of the eighth inning at Shea Stadium. As you may have heard me say in the past, missed games in baseball and football were merely made up. To me, that was equating a terrorist attack to a rainout. I thought blank pages in the record books would have honored the heroes we lost that day.
Happy Birthday: Baltimore Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed, who set the NFL record last night for interception return yardage. 34.
Bonus Birthday: Rapper Ludacris. 35.
Today in Sports: Pete Rose surpasses Ty Cobb and becomes baseball's all-time hits leader. 1985.
We shall never forget: 9/11/01
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