Len’s Top 5 – October 21, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • The “Blade Runner,” Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
  • The World Series begins tonight in Kansas City. Madison Bumgarner on the mound for San Francisco. James Shields for the Royals.
  • Monday Night Football: Pittsburgh (4-3) beat Houston (3-4) 30-23.

2. Numerology

Expect something unexpected in the World Series. It happens every time there’s a 4. Look it up. The only Washington D.C. baseball championship (1924). The only all-St. Louis World Series (1944). The end of the Curse of the Bambino. (2004). No World Series at all (1994). Not to mention Ducky Medwick’s ejection in 1934 and Willie’s catch in ’54. Here’s a prediction. The Cubs win it all in 2024. Check back with me in a decade.

3. Just Play the Game

Self-congratulations and celebrations have become an epidemic. A football team can be trailing by 5 touchdowns, but some knucklehead ekes out a couple of yards and gives a dramatic first down signal. We’ve had players tear up their knees celebrating, the most recent Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch doing a sack dance. And now the ultimate. An Indian soccer player named Peter Biaksangzuala was celebrating a goal and he tried to do a somersault. He landed awkwardly, injured his spinal cord and died 5 days later. Every athlete at every level should get this memo.

4. All-Nighters

So they’re still planning to go ahead with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar scheduled for the summer. What will they do about the searing heat? One FIFA honcho suggests tripleheaders. The first game at 7pm, the second at 10pm and the third at 1am. He said they’d sleep during the day and work at night. This whole Qatar thing was well thought out wasn’t it?

5. The King’s Speech

Anything goes in the media. Check out this banner headline on TV after Buffalo’s win on Sunday. Then there was the New York Daily News after the Giants lost in Dallas.
Garbage? Crappy? Did Uncle Walter, Edward R. Murrow or Red Smith ever use those words as adjectives? When I was sportscasting in Boston, I once used the word “lousy” on the air. My news director didn’t think that word was appropriate on a newscast. Nowadays is anything inappropriate?

Happy Birthday: Hall of Fame Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford. 86.
Bonus Birthday: Judge Judy. 72.

Today in Sports: Game 6 of the 1975 World Series began. It ended after midnight with Carlton Fisk’s dramatic 12th inning homer to beat Cincinnati 7-6. 1975.
Bonus Event: (Definitely a Boston theme today). The U.S. Constitution “Old Ironsides” was launched in Boston Harbor. 1797.

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Len's Book Signings/Appearances 2014:

The Greatest Moments in Sports - Upsets & Underdogs

    Munsey Park Elementary School, Manhasset, N.Y. Monday March 3. 5:30pm.

National Radio & TV Interviews:

  • NBC's Today Show "Spanning the World" Friday November 28th CONTACT LEN