03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for October 7, 2009 from

1. Quick Hits

The Minnesota Twins win a dramatic one-game playoff against the
Detroit Tigers, 6-5 in 12 innings, to win the AL Central. The Twins
with a $65 million payroll will now face the Yankees. ($201 million.)

Today's Playoff schedule:

Colorado @ Philadelphia 2:37pm ET TBS
Minnesota @ Yankees 6:07pm ET TBS
St. Louis @ Dodgers 9:37pm ET TBS

Baseball owners approved the sale of the Chicago Cubs to the family
of Joe Ricketts.

If you have a friend in Detroit, give him/her a "hug." If the
economy and the Lions aren't bad enough, the Tigers became the first
team in history to blow a 3 game lead with 4 games to play.

2. The Second Season

So here we go. The baseball playoffs begin today with 3 games. And
Top 5 readers are already bitching. The first round is best of 5 and
Pat R. hates it. He wants a best of 7.

No question the first round is a crap-shoot, remember the midges
attacking Joba Chamberlain in Cleveland?

And Jay S. like many older readers, fondly remembers afternoon World
Series games. He says baseball has lost today's kids because of the
late postseason games.

If it's any consolation, World Series games will start earlier this
year, just before 8pm Eastern time. That means kids will get to watch
a whole extra inning before beddy bye.

3. Thanks Boss

A feel a twinge of sadness, again, about George Steinbrenner. Did you
see the picture of him at the Yankee game Sunday in St. Pete? He
didn't look great. And then he "issues" a press release to basically
say what he always says. That the Yankees have the greatest fans in
the world, and they deserve another world championship. Did he really
write that release? Or did Rubenstein just recycle it from just about
any year? I truly miss the old bombastic George. He was irritating as
hell, but he brought a sense of urgency and energy that is clearly
lacking these days.

4. Improve the Rush-ing Game

Talk about a layup. Rush Limbaugh wants to be part of a group buying
the St. Louis Rams. He wants to institute his radical right wing

5. Possible/Not Possible

Let's play a new game, possible/not possible. The Baltimore Ravens
coach says Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets preferential treatment
from the refs. Possible/not possible?

The Pakistani national cricket team deliberately lost matches so that
India wouldn't advance in a tournament. Possible/not possible?

A-Rod will finally wake up and have a decent October with the
Yankees. Possible/not possible?

I'll vote "probable" to all 3. Your turn.

Happy Birthday: Former Knick and Celtic Willie Naulls. 75.
Bonus Birthday: American Idol's Simon Cowell. 50.

Today in Sports: Barry Bonds hits his record 73rd homer. 2001*
Bonus Event: Robert Mitera records the longest hole in one in Omaha.
447 yards. 1965.