Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for June 23, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* The U.S. is playing Algeria today in World Cup soccer. The Americans need a win, and in some scenarios a tie, to advance.
* Mets star centerfielder Carlos Beltran, who hasn't played all season after knee surgery, will play in his first Class A rehab game tomorrow in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
* Just one week and counting until LeBron James and other NBA stars become free agents.
2. Sacre Bleu!
Now that the French team has been sent home in disgrace, one goal and no wins in 3 games, what does it all mean? According to the Christian Science Monitor, "The meltdown of France's World Cup team - both on and off the pitch - have shaken all walks of French society. The team has become a metaphor for everything seen as wrong in France today - politics, race, wealth, and too much individualism."
For the final indignity, they were sent home from South Africa coach class. What, they ran out of tar and feathers?
3. You Betcha
There's a betting scandal in sumo-land. Wrestlers have landed in hot water (talk about a belly flop) for gambling. One of the top sumo wrestlers accepted a one match suspension for betting on baseball. Others have bet on cards and mahjong. Mahjong? Are you kidding me? I know that elderly aunts and grandmas are degenerate mahjong gamblers (at least 25 cents a night, maybe 50) but sumo wrestlers?
4. What's Love Got to do with It?
Thought you might enjoy this little give and take from Argentina's coach Diego Maradona. Nothing beats a soccer news conference dealing with sexual orientation.
I think something might have been lost in translation.
Either way, enjoy the British tabloid The Daily Star.
5. Not That There's Anything Wrong with That
Jerry Seinfeld will join the Mets telecast team tonight. It's a Father's Day gift from his wife. This should be fun. Seinfeld is a Mets fanatic. Several years ago, he and Robin Williams joined the broadcast booth at Shea Stadium for an inning. Things were going well until a foul ball nearly took off Robin's head. Ya see, sportscasting ain't that easy.
Happy Birthday: The butt heading butthead himself, soccer player Zinedine Zidane of France. 38.
Bonus Birthday: American Idol judge Randy Jackson. 54.
Today in Sports: Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth walks the leadoff man and gets thrown out of the game for arguing with the ump. Ernie Shore replaces him and in essence pitches a perfect game against Washington. It goes down as a shared no-hitter. 1917.
Bonus Event: Now we're talking pure excitement. The first lip reading tournament is held in the U.S. in Philadelphia. 1926.