Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 30, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* This year's New Jersey Nets will not be the worst team in NBA history. They managed their 10th win last night against San Antonio.
* Ernie Els won the rain delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational yesterday, his 2nd straight tour win. Ya think he'd like Tiger Woods to stay on hiatus just a tad longer?
* President Obama will throw out the first ball next Monday to open the Washington Nationals season.The first Presidential first pitch occurred 100 years ago when President Howard Taft did the honors in 1910.
2. I'll Drink to That
Apparently not everyone in Boston is thrilled that the Red Sox home opener is this Sunday night against the Yankees. Some fans cite the weather. One radio personality is upset because it's Easter Sunday, and it would ruin one of his three great drinking days of the year. The others being St. Patrick's Day and Marathon Monday. He blamed Major League Baseball for screwing things up.
Well, thanks to the investigation of Top 5 subscriber Gary S. it'll be "beer as usual" Easter Sunday at Fenway. So everyone will be able to toast both the Sox and The Resurrection. Happy now?
3. Pro Basketball in the New York Area
Such is the state of pro basketball around New York that the public address announcer at the Nets game last night got all lathered up shouting "We Got 10! The Nets Win!" Hey, the team is hot. They've won 3 out of 4, which means in the past 4 games they won 30% of their season's games. At least they have something to cheer about. The state of the Knicks? Center Eddy Curry is done for the year with yet another injury. He has totalled 10 games in two NBA seasons, earning him $2-million a game. Nice work if you can get it.
Pat Venditte is expected to pitch in a Yankees spring training game today. He's a switch pitcher. A couple of years ago in a minor league game, an opposing switch hitter came to the plate, and the two of them went back and forth. Venditte changing his special glove from one had to the other, while the hitter paraded to one side of the plate and back. Finally the umps put an end to the vaudeville act and made Venditte declare which hand he would use. I've always wondered -- if he makes the team, would the Yankees save a salary by having one guy who is both a lefty and a righty?
5. The Circus Comes to Town
While Tiger Woods is making his return to golf in Augusta next week one of his floozies will be in Atlanta. Porn actress Joslyn James will be dancing at a strip club. She even plans to drop by the Masters. It's just so hard to pass up that 16th minute of fame.
Happy Birthday: Former Knick Jerry Lucas. 70.
Bonus Birthday: Actor Warren Beatty. 73.
Today in Sports: Larry Bird sets a Celtics record by scoring 53 points. He breaks his own record two years later, scoring 60. 1983.
Bonus Event: "Thank you friends, thank you Don Pardo." Art Fleming and the original Jeopardy! debuts on NBC. 1964.