Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for June 28, 2010 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* After reading the headline in the New York Times, "Germany Promises Aggression Against England," I couldn't tell if it was a preview of yesterday's German win in soccer, or a leftover headline from WW II.
* As we approach July 4th, the Yankees maintain the best record in baseball after scoring 4 in the 9th and 2 in the 10th to beat the Dodgers last night in L.A. 8-6.
* You knew the Mets were in trouble Saturday when Prince Harry had better stuff on the mound than Johan Santana.
* Is the NHL draft over yet?
2. What's Fair is Fair
It is totally fair to speculate about Johan Santana's poor performance on Saturday being tied to the tawdry sex allegations against the "Family Man."
The Mets ace is just 5 and 5 this season and he admitted the other day that his elbow isn't completely healed from surgery. But perhaps he's suffering from a case of "you're not who we thought you were," a la Tiger Woods.
3. The Torre Story
The Joe Torre divorce from the Yankees messiness just won't go away. Perhaps that's the way Joe wants it. After all, he wrote a book to tell his side of the story. In it, he basically argued that he was more responsible for the Yankees success than he was given credit for. And along the way he took some shots, most notably at Alex Rodriguez, who didn't exactly give Joe a wet kiss last night when they crossed paths in L.A. I've always subscribed to the theory that actions speak louder than words. Torre accomplished much with the Yankees. His words came off as self-serving.
4. World Cup Hangover
*Me thinks the World Cup needs limited instant replay. England losing their tying goal yesterday against Germany, when it was clearly a goal, is inexcusable in this technological age. Not sure I'd use replay to correct offside calls, such as Argentina's gift goal against Mexico.
*So the U.S. is out of the World Cup, and now everyone can proceed to argue what this will mean for soccer in the States.
* If you're bummed over Saturday's loss to Ghana, here's something to cheer you up. Andres Cantor's call of the Landon Donovan goal against Algeria.
Enjoy, but be sure to lower your speakers a tad.
5. National Anthem
For years I aired butchered National Anthems on Spanning the World. Hey, I once told Michael Bolton if he botched the anthem at Fenway Park, he'd make Spanning. He proceeded to screw it up. I was mortified and never aired it. Another anthem I never aired was fictitious. In college we would sit around the fraternity and listen to Mel Brooks' and Carl Reiner's hilarious record, The 2000 Year Old Man. (They had real long playing records back then.) The 2000 year old man recalled that in his day, each cave was a nation. He was asked if his cave had a national anthem? He said, "of course, you don't forget your national anthem in a minute." "What was it" he was asked? "Let them all go to hell, except Cave 76."
Happy 84th, Melvin Kaminsky. (Mel Brooks)
Happy Birthday: The great Broncos Super Bowl winning quarterback John Elway. 50.
Bonus Birthday: Only one thousand 9 hundred and 16 years to go. Mel Brooks. 84.
Today in Sports: When fans in Cincinnati stuff the ballot box, baseball commissioner Ford Frick steps in and names Willie Mays and Hank Aaron to the National League All Star team. 1957.
Bonus Event: I'm guessing this might have made the news at the time. World War I begins. 1914.