Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 8, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The Cowboys continue to crumble. Green Bay beat Dallas 45-7 last night to send Dallas careening to a 1-7 record.
* Penn State Coach Joe Paterno wins his 400th game. The third to do it. (John Gagliardi and Eddie Robinson are the others.)
* It's now free agent season in baseball. Cliff Lee of Texas, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera of the Yankees top the list. Also free is World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, who has decided not to retire.
* By the way, remember all those stories that had Derek Jeter getting married to Minka Kelly November 5 on Long Island? So what happened?
* No Hollywood ending. You can blame Blame. Zenyatta is nipped at the wire in a thrilling finish by Blame in the Breeders' Cup Classic. She finishes her career 19-1.
* Tiger Woods finishes 12 shots back in Shanghai. For the first time in his career, he completes a PGA season winless.
* The New York City Marathon winners were from Ethiopia and Kenya. What else is new? Shalane Flanagan, who grew up in Marblehead Mass., finished 2nd on the women's side in her first ever marathon. Chilean miner Edison Peña completed the marathon in under 6 hours.
2. Rules Schmules
So if yesterday's Jets/Lions game were a playoff game, it wouldn't be over yet. Starting this year, you can't win the overtime coin toss, kick a field goal, and go home. The other team gets a chance. But that's only in the playoffs, not in the regular season. Sure, let's have different rules at different times. Even the guy who kicked the winning field goal didn't know the game was over. Shades of the 1958 championship game when the game was tied and the Giants and Colts players wondered, "what happens next?" It's not dopey enough that they have different designated hitter rules in different leagues, let's extend it to football. Hey, maybe we can change the 3-point distance in the NBA depending on the division. Why not?
3. Delusions of Grandeur
Isiah Thomas says he dreams of becoming the Knicks general manager "every single day of the week." Or half as often as Knick fans wish he would just go away for good.
4. Selective Justice
North Korea has been banned through the 2012 Olympics for screwing around with the ages of its gymnasts. Fair enough. But what about the Chinese? China has won 24 Olympic gold medals in gymnastics, the North Koreans none. Looks like the International Gymnastics Federation beats up the little guys, but tiptoes around the powerhouses.
5. Take That
Perhaps you've seen the LeBron James Nike commercial?
Well it didn't take long. A Cleveland filmmaker by the name of Dan Wantz filmed a response.
You gotta love this video age we live in.
Happy Birthday: The Bronx kid who became a World Champion New York Met. Ed Kranepool. 66.
Bonus Birthday: Let's give them something to talk about. Singer Bonnie Raitt. 61.
Today In Sports: The great Elgin Baylor, playing for the Minneapolis Lakers against Boston, sets the then NBA scoring record with 64 points. 1959.
Bonus Event: "Yo, where's that Mona Lisa thing at?" The Louvre opens. 1793.