TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 12, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The Atlanta Falcons are the first 7 win team in the NFL after last night's exciting 26-21 win over Baltimore.
* Cleveland Browns sack leader linebacker Marcus Benard was hospitalized for tests, and then released, after collapsing in the locker room.
* NBA. Boston beats Miami for the second time and the Lakers lose their first game, leaving New Orleans (7-0) the only undefeated team.
* Jenn Sterger, who supposedly received penis pix from Brett Favre, met with the NFL. Favre, meanwhile, announces he'll retire after this season. Is this his 8th retirement announcement or 9th? I've lost track.
* Kentucky freshman center Enes Kanter has been ruled permanently ineligible for receiving too much cash while playing in Turkey. Kentucky will appeal.
* Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran said he's open to waiving his no-trade clause, or moving to right field if the Mets so wish. Hey, if the Mets owed me $18.5 million for next season, they could make me the bullpen catcher for all I care.
2. We're #1
The NFL can say it and mean it. They sent out a press release yesterday calling 2010 the most watched NFL season in television history. Dancing With The Stars was the 15th most watched TV show this season so far. The first 14 places all went to NFL games. So why is the NFL such a dynamo when all the other sports show shrinkage? Is it the betting? Fantasy football? Parity? All of the above, and the fact that football is the perfect TV sport as the temps start to drop. That teams play one game a week, and that two New York teams are in first place doesn't hurt the TV ratings either. So bravo, NFL. But I'm still waiting for the day when the NFL sends out a negative press release. That'll be a very long wait.
3. Dr. Len
Step right into my office and lie down on my couch. Subscriber Rich R. is my newest patient. He writes, "Len, please mention something about David Lee kicking the Knicks' asses Wednesday night. Dolan & Co. got many season ticket holders to renew with the James smokescreen. And we will (actually already are), be laughing about spending $100 mil on Amar'e. As a lifelong Knicks fan, it is just ffffin SAD, what the franchise has become. Dolan must go."
Rich, and you just came to this realization?
4. Friday eMailbag
From a VERY unhappy Dallas Cowboys fan, M.B. "Please bring in a football man who can undo the damage done since Bill Parcells left. Jerry Jones has got to step down as GM. He has never shown the ability to make sound decisions. Some one has got to say 'the King has no clothes.'"
As for the passing of Sparky Anderson, R.R. wrote, "Sparky was 2 years ahead of me at Dorsey High School in LA. Around every Thanksgiving week he put on a great sports event for youngsters in Los Angeles. He gave back much to his community."
J.B. wonders if George Steinbrenner gets voted into Cooperstown, "will his family demand a plaque the same size as the one dedicated this summer at the Stadium?"
The Islanders named an official moving and storage company this week, K.V. asks on Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5," "Uh, oh...are the New York Islanders moving after this season?... this could be a clue... remember when the Baltimore Colts had a midnight move with the moving vans shipping everything out?"
And I wondered what ever happened to Derek Jeter's supposed November 5th wedding to Minka Kelly, S.G. emailed, "Don't you read the papers? He's a free agent?"
Editor's Note: I really need to stay on top of the news more.
5. Spanning The World
This week's Spanning The World highlight just has to deal with trick plays. Everyone loved this doozy at a Corpus Christi middle school. As of yesterday there were nearly 8 million views on YouTube in just one week!
Over the years there have been many variations on the play, generically called, "wrong ball." Here's one from a youth football game in Michigan in 2007. Enjoy.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Today's Birthday: Sammy (609 homers) Sosa. 42*.
Bonus Birthday: Charles Manson. 76.
Today In Sports: Roger Clemens wins the first of his 6 Cy Young Awards. 1986*.
Bonus Event: The very first movie stunt was performed one hundred years ago today. A man jumps into the Hudson River from a burning balloon. 1910.