Len’s Top 5 – October 22, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • The San Francisco Giants cruised past the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 1 of the World Series. The Royals first lost this postseason. Game 2 is tonight in Kansas City.
  • The NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, has been waived off the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
  • Serena Williams suffers her worst loss in 16 years getting blitzed 6-0, 6-2 in round-robin play by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

2. The Fallen Classic

So here was baseball’s premier event and at 10pm Eastern they had completed 4 innings with the score 5-0. That sound you heard were thousands of people reaching for their remotes. No wonder it’s the national passed time.

3. Prognosticators

I don’t know about you, but I never read long range forecasts. And that applies to sports. Deadspin tracked how accurate the preseason predictions were by baseball pundits and last season not one single “expert” picked either St. Louis or Boston to reach the World Series. This year, two guys (out of 64) actually picked Kansas City to make it but nobody predicted the Giants. So next time you see some space being wasted with seasonal predictions, do yourself a favor. Read a good book.

4. Running Amok

The other day we had a soccer player throw a haymaker at a ref. Today it’s a boxer in Croatia. Check out the 1:15 mark of the video.
The amazing part is how fast the other boxer hightailed it out of the ring without helping the poor ref. Top 5 subscriber N.M. thinks the offending boxer should be fined and suspended. How about jailed for assault?

5. Like Peas in a Pod

The New Year’s Bowl game in Orlando will the called the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. Yup, nothing goes together quite as well as spicy wings and a citrusy drink. What’s next, Guantanamo Bay sponsoring the Liberty Bowl? What, too political? You got a better bowl/sponsor connection?

Happy Birthday: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano. 32.
Bonus Birthday: Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. 39.

Today in Sports: 40 years ago today the Giants traded the “Next Willie Mays,” Bobby Bonds, to the Yankees for the “Next Mickey Mantle,” Bobby Murcer. 1974.
Bonus Event: President Kennedy took to the airwaves to announce a blockade in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. 1962.

Check out my newest project, The Best of Sports, at About.com Yesterday in the Top 5 I talked about World Series that end in a “4″. Something unusual always happens. Here’s my About.com article.

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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