Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 26, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Hide the interns! A-Rod and the Yankees visit the White House today.
* Now here's your second Yankees cheap shot of the week. After watching Javy Vazquez struggle yesterday on the mound, where are Ed Whitson and Kevin Brown when you need them?
* The hottest team in baseball? None other than your 2010 New York Mets, who are now officially winners with a 10-9 record.
* Is the NFL draft finished yet?
2. Calling an Audible
OK this just in, the NFL draft is over. It's time for draft junkies to go back to doing whatever they do the other 362 days of the year. Did you hear about New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko? He said since he wasn't drafted, he doesn't want to play pro football. Even when teams called him after the draft, he said forget it. Instead he wants to further his education. What is he, some kind of sicko?
3. The Unwritten Rules
Don't you love hearing about the unwritten rules of baseball? Alex Rodriguez (why is it always him?) had the temerity to run across the mound in Oakland, getting the pitcher's knickers in a twist. The nerve of A-Rod. I thought he should have been shipped directly to Guantanamo. Anyway, remember when an unwritten rule of baseball was if a guy hit a homer, the next batter was drilled by a 90 mph fastball? That's when men were men. In those days the players from opposite teams didn't share the same agent and hug and kiss each other during batting practice.
4. Run for the Roses
Is it Kentucky Derby week already? The top 20 horses get in, and 20th on the list is Homeboykris, co-owned by Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Makes you think of that noted horseman and team owner, George Steinbrenner. He's had 6 Derby entrants and hasn't won yet. Since the Yankees made Torre an offer he could refuse, the Yanks have won the World Series. But wouldn't it be something if Torre beat Steinbrenner at his other own game and Torre's horse wound up in the winners circle Saturday at Churchill Downs? Then again the betting site Bodog lists Homeboykris at 60-1.
5. Post Time
Lovely story in the New York Post yesterday about how the new Meadowlands Stadium has construction columns behind both end zones that create obstructed view seats. Shades of the old Yankee Stadium, when we would routinely have our sight lines blocked by the pillars. Then again, we were paying $2.50 for a ticket, not $4,000 for a personal seat license plus $1,200 per seat for season tickets.
Happy Birthday: The great Italian middleweight boxing champ and Olympic gold medal winner, Nino Benvenuti. 72.
Bonus Birthday: TV mega-star Carol Burnett. 77.
Today in Sports: Lou Gehrig hits a home run in Washington, but it's ruled a triple when he passes teammate Lyn Lary on the basepaths. Lary thought the ball was caught and headed for the dugout. Gehrig wound up tying Babe Ruth as the AL home run leader with 46. Lou should have won it outright. 1931.
Bonus Event: Now we have a reason for local TV newscasts. The first regularly scheduled weather report is aired on WEW radio in St. Louis. 1921.