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

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for November 4, 2009 from
www.LenBermanSports.com.

1. Quick Hits

Game 6 of the World Series is tonight in the Bronx. The Yankees lead
the Phillies 3 games to 2. 7:57pm ET FOX.

Pedro Martinez will face Andy Pettitte who is pitching on 3 days
rest for the first time in 3 years.

Times are tough. The world's largest automaker, Toyota, is pulling
out of Formula One racing.

You know how college basketball teams schedule those cupcake teams
early in the year? Syracuse played Division II Le Moyne last night at
home, and LOST! It was dubbed an "exhibition" game.

2. I Rest My Case

Wow, so much is made of "rest" for pitchers. Are they that fragile?
What about Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson who won clinching World Series
games on 2 days rest? Gibson scoffs at all this talk of rest, especially with how much money these pitchers make. In the 1964 World
Series Gibson won game 5 against the Yankees by pitching 10 innings on
3 days rest. And then he won game 7, a 9 inning complete game, on two
days rest.

It's an old quote, but apropos. "You rest when you're dead."

3. Daddy-O

How strange a sight to see Pedro Martinez on the mound for the
Phillies in game 6 tonight. He of the legendary, "The Yankees are my
daddy" quote when he pitched for the Red Sox. And Pedro incredulously
said the other day that the media has turned him into "at times the
most influential player that ever stepped in Yankee Stadium." Oh
really? That Babe guy, Joe D. and the Mick might have something to say
about that.

Anyway subscriber Henry K. suggests the Yankees should have Don
Zimmer throw out the first ball tonight. Zimmer of course was famously
thrown to the ground by Pedro during a Yankees/Red Sox fight in 2003.

4. The Real Skin-ny

When in doubt, blame the media. It's a mess in Washington and we're
not talking politics, it's the 2 & 5 Redskins. The organization is
blaming the media for stirring up negative fan reaction. They are also
banning TV crews from talking to tailgating fans. I think the
organization is on the right track. If that damn media would stop
printing the NFL standings, Redskins fans would have no idea that the
team stinks.

5. One Good Turn

So during the Spurs/Kings NBA game on Halloween, a pesky bat kept
flying around the court. Finally, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili swatted it
out of the air to the cheers of the crowd. Sadly, the bat met his
demise. End of story right? Wrong. Ginobili had to take rabies shots,
and now PETA has chimed in. People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. Their statement: "To bludgeon a 4-ounce animal to death, it
takes either a small man or a totally unthinking one--with no respect
or consideration for lives humbler than his own."

They must be fun people to go hunting with.

Happy Birthday: National League MVP and shortstop for the 1960 World
Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, Dick Groat. 79.

Bonus Birthdays: Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and Sean Combs. They are all
40 today.

Today in Sports: In a game 7 stunner, the Arizona Diamondbacks score
twice in the bottom of the 9th against Mariano Rivera to beat the
Yankees in the World Series. 2001.

Bonus Event: It was so last year. Barack Obama is elected Prez.
2008.