Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 10, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The city of New Orleans staged its Super Bowl victory parade last night.
* On the flip side, when the Colts arrived home from the Super Bowl, 11 fans greeted them at the airport.
* The Harlem Globetrotters played their first ever game on ice yesterday in Central Park. The Washington Generals still lost, 32-15. Wonder how the Generals would do against the Nets?
* The esteemed Rutgers women's basketball coach, C. Vivian Stringer, is suspended one game by the school for the misuse of practice players.
* This is worse than cricket! The first America's Cup race was postponed again today. This time for high waves. Maybe they should hold the race with miniature boats in a bathtub.
* The NY Daily News reports that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez left a Miami party with The Hills star Kristin Cavallari. And you thought we only tracked A-Rod on the gossip pages?
2. Step Right Up
It's never too early for fools to part with their money. Odds to win next year's Super Bowl have already been posted. The Colts are the favorites. The champion Saints aren't. And despite all the bluster and success of the Jets and their coach, they are listed at 25-1. Then again, before this season began, the Saints were 20-1 to win this year's Super Bowl.
3. Swing for the Fences
The Mets are lowering a small portion of the center field wall at Citi Field. Clearly, home runs were hard to come by for the Mets. Somebody figured out that David Wright would have hit a bunch more if he had hit the same shots at Shea. Kind of funny. How would these guys have done in the old ballparks? The old cavernous Yankee Stadium, or Municipal Stadium in Cleveland? At the old Polo Grounds there was no center field fence. It just went on and on forever. Good thing. Willie Mays would have never made that catch in the 1954 World Series if there had been a wall. Vic Wertz would have hit a homer. Whether or not the center field fence was lower or higher.
4. Opening Day
Nothing says opening day in hockey quite like Helsinki, Stockholm and Prague. That's where the NHL will open next season. 6 NHL teams won't share the excitement of the new season with their loyal paying customers. They'll skate their way into the hearts of Finns, Swedes and Czechs. I'm sure those Swedish fans are lining up right now to get their hot Columbus Blue Jackets tickets. But you can hear it now. After those opening games are played those 6 teams will trumpet "opening day, stateside. Come and get 'em." Whoopee.
5. Why Buy the Cow, When the Milk's Free?
In the latest setback for sports fans, the Cleveland Cavaliers have removed all the water fountains in their arena. Sure, make those suckers pay for their water at the concession stands. The team claims it has something to do with "health reasons." Thankfully, the air in the arena is still free to breathe... for now.
Happy Birthday: Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz. 60.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Robert Wagner. 80.
Today in Sports: The AFL team in Los Angeles moved to San Diego. Why were they were named the Chargers? Team owner Baron Hilton had created the Carte Blanche credit card. 1961.
Bonus Event: A very short ceremony. Midgets Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren get married. 1863.