TGIF everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 19, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The American League Cy Young Award winner is Felix Hernandez of Seattle, despite going 13-12. No Cy Young starting pitcher ever had a poorer record. Then again, he pitched on the worst team in the league, and led the majors in earned run average and was second in strikeouts (by one).
* Two more playoff teams with an extra round of playoffs appears inevitable in baseball, but probably not next season.
* In Thursday night NFL football, Chicago shut out depleted Miami 16-0.
* The DUI manslaughter case against former Yankee Jim Leyritz is now in the hands of a Ft. Lauderdale jury.
2. Second Chances
I'm sure there were many fans in Philadelphia and around the NFL who were appalled at the thought of Michael Vick being allowed to play football again. Animal lovers were sickened by his mistreatment of dogs. And now Vick is being hailed as perhaps "the most exciting" player in the NFL. I believed from the beginning that if you serve the time, you have paid your debt to society, and are free to move on with your life. I know it gets complicated when it comes to athletes, so-called "role models." But what's fair is fair. You can only imagine what's going through the mind of Plaxico Burress as he sits in jail. He's thinking, "2011 MVP here I come."
3. Tweet Tweet
After a long tough slog I nudged north of 2,000 followers on Twitter yesterday, @LenBermanSports. Then I looked over at Tiger Woods' page. In one day he amassed over 200,000 followers. I really need to work on my short game. Anyway, he did a radio interview with ESPN yesterday morning and he tweeted, "The best part about phone interviews is getting to wear shorts." With his history, at least he was wearing something.
4. Friday eMailbag
Subscriber M.P. was at the Cowboys/Giants game when the lights went out. She voices real concern. "If those lights had not gone back on they would have had a catastrophe on their hands. They do not have a provision for handling this. Their announcement system is very garbled and you can't understand what they are saying. So how do you get 85,000 people not to panic? I was worried."
When I joked that Bristol Palin surprisingly made the finals to be the new manager at Citi Field, J.L. wrote, "It probably wouldn't make any difference if Bristol Palin did become manager of the Mets."
Editor's Note: Ya gotta love optimistic Mets fans.
I like M.R.'s idea for the NHL, "I've thought for the past few years that they should move the All Star game to the New Years Day outdoor game."
Editor's note: That would be a great showcase.
After the Cowboys big win over the Giants with their new coach, L.N. emailed, "I think Jason Garrett should get Coach of the Year. But he has no chance, Derek Jeter is a lock for it."
5. Spanning The World
It's a dream come true for a soccer player. You have the ball right in front of the net, with no goalie in sight. Piece of cake right? Not for a soccer player from Qatar. It's this week's Spanning the World Highlight.
Here's hoping you have a better weekend!
Happy Birthday: The Phillies slugging first baseman, Ryan Howard. 31.
Bonus Birthday: Mogul Ted Turner. (I interviewed him when he was the Captain of Courageous when he successfully defended the America's Cup in 1977.) 72.
Today In Sports: The amazing Pele scores his 1,000th goal. 1969.
Bonus Event: "Four score and seven years ago...." Abe starts making a speech in Gettysburg, Pa. 1863.
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