Len’s Top 5 – September 19, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • Thursday Night Football: Atlanta demolished Tampa Bay 56-14. Devin Hester, now with the Falcons set an NFL record with his 20th return touchdown, this one a 62-yard punt return.
  • Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he stepped down because he was unfaithful to his wife of 42 years.
  • 32-year old Li Na of China, the first Asian to win a tennis Grand Slam singles title (she won two), has retired.
  • There goes the neighborhood! The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in Scotland votes to admit women members for the first time in its 260-year history.

2. Brutality

If you haven’t heard, here’s the Phoenix police report charging Arizona running back with assault. According to police, Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day. In addition he threw a shoe at his 17-month old son who was not injured. If this is true, Dwyer doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL. In fact he doesn’t deserve to be anywhere other than a jail cell.

3. The Chairman of the Board and the Captain

OK, I’m getting Derek Jeter-ed out. And yet, Gatorade’s commercial is awfully cool, isn’t it?
By the way, Jeter began his final homestand last night. He hit a homer for the first time at Yankee Stadium in 14 months.

4. Friday eMailbag

Now that the NFL will test for HGH, Top 5 subscriber D.S. asks an interesting question: “I wonder if HGH drug testing and head trauma related issues are linked? I believe the answer is yes though the NFL would never acknowledge it. Players are so fast and strong nowadays that the collisions are fiercer than ever.”

With Rihanna’s foul tweet against CBS for dropping her song from Thursday Night Football, J.C. writes: “You nailed it. As a music producer with an editorial aside: She’s pretty much all studio smoke and mirrors. I’ve heard her during ‘live’ performances. Without the studio mechanics, she sings off-key, can’t maintain meter, and she’s foul-mouthed and unappreciative of the audience.”

When Serbia gave their silver medal winning basketball team a raucous hero’s welcome, R.S. wrote: “Wow if the Serbs had won the Gold they would have moved that country down to the South Pole! I can’t wait for Cleveland to win the NBA title. You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

5. Spanning the World

This week’s Spanning the World highlight comes from Korea. A local mayor relocated a baseball stadium and he wound up getting hit by the pitch. Sign him up!

Spanning the World airs on NBC’s Today Show. Next Up: Friday, October 3rd.

Happy Birthday: One-armed former Major League pitcher Jim Abbott. 47.
Bonus Birthday: Jimmy Fallon. 40.

Today in Sports: Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera becomes baseball’s all-time saves leader. 2011.
Bonus Event: Simon and Garfunkel reunite for a free Central Park concert in New York City. 1981.

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Mashable Media Summit 2010: Tuesday June 8th

A day packed with powerful presentations and interviews, Mashable's Media Summit (in partnership with CNN) featured the intersection of social and digital media and lifestyle themes. Len spoke about his transition from old media to new media. Watch his presentation here!

To buy Len's newest book, The Greatest Moments in Sports - Upsets & Underdogs, visit:

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 October 3rd.