11/09/2012 10:32 am ET Updated Jan 09, 2013

Top 5 Sports Stories

TGIF everyone here's my Top 5 for November 9, 2012 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • The Indianapolis Colts, with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck running for two touchdowns, beat Jacksonville 27-10. The Colts are 6-3. Last year at this time they were 0-9.
  • The only undefeated team in the NBA is the Knicks.
  • Still talking. NHL negotiations resume today.
  • Oakland's Billy "Moneyball" Beane is named baseball executive of the year by the Sporting News.
  • Former Yankee Tino Martinez is the new Miami Marlins hitting coach.

2. Tampering

USC has been fined for messing around with footballs. It seems that a student manager deflated some balls before their game with Oregon. A slightly deflated football is easier to throw and catch. The refs figured it out and made sure the footballs were legit. USC then fired the devious student manager. But here's the interesting part. Each team is allowed to use its own brand of balls of offense. So doesn't this stuff go on all the time? By the way, it was USC that got deflated in that game, losing to Oregon 62-51. I guess the Ducks had better balls.

3. A Fish Tale

Talk about a home-lake advantage. Recently, at the 14th annual Carp Angling Championship, England accused Romania of not actually cheating, but nor playing fair either. They claim the Romanians had a "secret" recipe for bait that they practiced with for months at Lake Corbu, Romania where the competition took place. The carp really took to the bait, so when the championships started the carp went after the Romanian bait hook, line and sinker so to speak. Other countries caught on and also used the special bait, but the poor English did not. Romania won the competition followed by Bulgaria and Serbia. As for the bait-impaired English, they finished 18th out of the 20 countries participating. When it came to the English bait, the carp... carped.

4. Friday eMailbag

With the Giants winning the World Series, J.H. writes an open letter to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, "Hey Joe here's how it's done, single into right, sacrifice the runner to second, base hit brings the runner from second home, your team takes the lead. Bottom of tenth your pitcher gets three outs, inning over, World Series over that's how the Yankees from 1996-2001 got to the World Series and won four of them geez."

When I wondered if it's ever happened before where both current NFL and MLB champs had the same name as the Giants do, Top 5 subscriber I.T. says he did the research, "It's never happened. The closest you come is 1925 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) and 1926 St. Louis Cardinals... and 1946 St. Louis Cardinals and 1947 Chicago Cardinals."

Editor's Note: Thanks, I'm too lazy to check your facts, so I'll take your word for it.

And R.K. wrote, "In 2006, the (NCAA) football and basketball champs had the same name... The (Florida) Gators."

When I called for a new rule against "excessive kvetching" in the NFL targeting wide receivers who are always bellyaching for pass interference calls, P.V. wrote, "What's the referee signal for excessive kvetching? How about placing the palm of the hand on the forehead?"

5. Spanning the World

This week's Spanning the World highlight comes from an Illinois high school playoff game. Boylan Catholic High School of Rockford pulls out a "miracle finish." I think it was a miracle, because that's what the announcers said... over and over.

Spanning the World airs monthly on NBC's Today Show. Next up: Thursday, November 29 in the 8:30 a.m. half hour.

Happy Birthday: Hall of Fame Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson. 77.

Bonus Birthday: The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno. 61.

Today in Sports: For the first time a New York Knicks game was postponed for a reason other than weather. (See below). 1965.

Bonus Event: Hey there are no lights on our street in Syracuse (nor anywhere else in the Northeast). The Great Blackout. 1965.

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