Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 9, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* A Canadian doctor being investigated for performance enhancing drugs says he treated Alex Rodriguez, but didn't give him HGH.
* The attorney for Steelers quartback Ben Roethlisberger says his client is "completely innocent of any crime." Georgia police will be interviewing Roethlisberger, who is accused of sexual assault.
* Tough times for Allen Iverson, who is on leave from the Philadelphia 76ers. His wife has filed for divorce, and now reports in Philly say he has drinking and gambling problems.
* The U-Conn women's basketball team wins its record 71st straight game, beating Notre Dame 59-44.
2. Father of the Year
Sports fans like to debate if personal lives factor into sports. For example, does it really matter what a player does off the field if he's not breaking the law? Subscriber David S. is mad at the Jets for signing cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie has fathered 7 children with 6 women who live in 5 different states. David S. says "The guy is obviously a low life. But if he plays good cornerback, he's good enough for the Jets. I find the signing dispiriting, having been under the illusion that the character of the player is one of the factors that management considers."
The truth is that teams, less and less, are putting a premium on character. And look at the bright side, Cromartie brings along a whole bunch of new Jets fans.
3. The Real Penalty Box
For the first time in soccer history, a player has been sent to prison for a tackle. English amateur player Mark Chapman's "defensive maneuver" was so violent that he shattered the leg of his opponent in two places. That poor guy will never play soccer again. The judge ruled "wanton violence," and sent him to prison for 6 months. I've often joked that there are legal hockey plays that can get you 5 to 10 in the real world. Not so funny now.
4. Yankees Suck
Thanks to subscriber Phil O. for the following link.
A couple of commercials for Red Sox Nation with the basic theme that the Yankees suck. They even have a little kid saying it at bedtime. Having lived in both New York and Boston I'm always bemused by the fixation Sox fans have over the Yankees. It's not a two way street. Sorry, Red Sox fans, Yankee fans are just not that into you.
5. Olympics Afterglow
It was only a matter of time. The TV production company that brings you Dancing with the Stars is planning a spinoff involving ice dancing. No joke. But for real excitement that sweeps the nation, stay tuned for "Curling with the Stars." Now you're talking.
Happy Birthday: Olympic skier Julia Mancuso. She won two silver medals in Vancouver. 26.
Bonus Birthday: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lloyd Price. (Stagger Lee was one of the all time great songs). 77. (How fitting, since Stagger Lee was about a game of craps.)
Today in Sports: There goes the locker room. Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders that women reporters should have equal access. 1979.
Bonus Event: Now we finally have a use for Polident. Charles Graham gets the first patent for artificial teeth. 1822.