10/26/2010 11:32 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 26, 2010 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

* The NBA season begins tonight with games in Boston, Portland and Los Angeles. The Lakers will receive their championship rings.
* The Dallas Cowboys season continues to implode. They lost to the Giants last night 41-35. Quarterback Tony Romo broke his collarbone. The 'Boys are now 1-5.
* Brett Favre is also having a helluva year. He now has two fractures in his ankle. How long will it be before he really really retires?
* The Red Sox and Yankees are in the market for new pitching coaches. John Farrell left Boston to become the Toronto manager. The Yankees fired Dave Eiland.
* Since Bengie Molina is guaranteed a World Series ring win or lose (he played for both Texas and San Francisco this year), the same probably applies to the guy he was traded for, reliever Chris Ray. And it's possible both could get two full World Series shares, winning and losing.

2. You Do The Math

I'm not the only one who constantly carps about money. When the Yankees and Phillies both were eliminated with their biggest stars striking out, subscriber Chuck A. wrote, "The League Championship Series closed out with $51 million in combined salary taking strike three with the bat on their respective shoulders (nice going Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Howard)."
Hey, throw in Carlos Beltran of the Mets from 2006 and you've got $65 million worth of spectating.

3. Leadership

Pardon me, but I'm hung up on the notion that coaches should be more than X's and O's. They should be a moral compass for their players and organizations. So when Rick Pitino drags his school into the gutter, or when John Calipari leaves a trail of destruction wherever he's been, I have to keep asking how do they keep their jobs? One more. Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl admitted he lied to the NCAA. He also knew that a barbecue he was having for recruits and their families was a violation of NCAA rules. So his punishment from the University? A pay cut and he's working without a contract. You can bet your NCAA pool sheet that if he had a losing record, he'd be out. Shows you that the administrations of these schools share the same compass as the coaches.

4. Hardware

Seems that they're upset across the pond at golfer Ian Poulter. He posted a video on Twitter of his kids eating Cheerios out of the Ryder Cup.

An outraged purist Tweeted, "You are going to golf hell." Poulter responded, "Life is about enjoying yourself, I would hate to grow old & be miserable."
If he's going to hell for Cheerios, I wonder where those hockey players are going who used the Stanley Cup as as a bowl to feed their dogs?

5. Condolences

There's sadness throughout the soccer world today. Paul the Octopus has died at the aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. He correctly picked World Cup soccer results last summer. Cause of death wasn't announced, but I'm guessing he didn't drown.

Happy Birthday: Retired Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce. 32.
Bonus Birthday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 63.

Today In Sports: 28-year old Rocky Marciano knocks out 37-year old Joe Louis in the 8th round at Madison Square Garden. 1951.
Bonus Event: JFK warns Russia to get those missiles out of Cuba. A kid walks into my high school gym class and announces "We're all going to die." Good times. 1962.