Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 13, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sent to the hospital with a shoulder injury in last night's 16-13 overtime win over Kansas City.
- The baseball rookies of the year are Mike Trout of the Angels (it was unanimous) and Bryce Harper of the Nationals.
- Lance Armstrong cuts formal ties with Livestrong his cancer-fighting organization.
2. Are You Sure?
Everyone is an expert right? Just listen to talk radio. It's not just the hosts, it's the callers who also have everything all figured out. Two examples. How many people said that when Mark Sanchez plays poorly, Tim Tebow will get the job? Well, can Sanchez play any more poorly than he's playing? And guess what? Tebow ain't getting it. Then there are the Lakers. Phil Jackson was said to be "stunned" when he didn't get the coaching job. He thought it was his to lose. So did the rest of the world. So, the next time we're about to issue one our "expert opinions" we all might think about hitting that hold button for a moment.
3. Dance Marathon
The Kansas City Chiefs lead the league in one category, dancing. Last night they set some kind of record. They got penalized for celebrating a touchdown that wasn't. Check out the third play. The Chiefs thought they took the lead 16-10 and they were flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. Replay overturned the touchdown, but not the penalty. And you wonder why the Chiefs are 1-8?
4. ...and a Hockey Game Breaks Out
Wow, they sure know how to get the headlines in NASCAR. Star driver Jeff Gordon intentionally wrecked Cliff Boyer in Sunday's race in Arizona. Afterwards not only did the drivers get into it, but there was a brawl among the pit crews. And unlike most of these dustups, Gordon said hell yeah he did it on purpose. He was fined $100,000. Of course now comes the "rematch," which should improve the TV ratings in Miami next weekend. I'm sure NASCAR fans, like hockey fans will say the media only pays attention when there's fighting and brawling, where are we the rest of the time? Fair argument, but it's hard to ignore a complete train (car) wreck.
5. Lawyer Up
A Buffalo Bills fan who moved to Florida is suing his favorite team. It seems the Bills get in touch with him too much. He signed up to receive "three to five" text messages a week from his beloved team, and they didn't keep their end of the bargain. One week they sent him six messages, and then a few weeks later they sent him, oh my gosh, seven. His suit claims that the team is in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. My only thought is, how do I get the job of being his lawyer? I'd love to bill him too.
Happy Birthday: Lakers Metta World Peace (Ron Artest). 33.
Bonus Birthday: Late night host Jimmy Kimmel. 45.
Today in Sports: Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux became the first pitcher to win four consecutive Cy Young awards. 1995.
Bonus Event: Ben Franklin wrote a letter to a friend opining that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. 1789.
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