Len’s Top 5 – September 18, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been arrested on assault charges involving a domestic violence incident at his home.
  • Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has been placed on the exempt list until his domestic violence case is resolved.
  • Nike suspended its endorsement deal with Adrian Peterson.
  • The NFL reached an agreement with the players on new drug testing policies including testing for HGH. As a result, three suspended players including Wes Welker of Denver will return to their teams this week.
  • The Angels, with the best record in baseball, clinch the American League West.
  • Florida State suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson for obscene remarks he made in the school’s student union.

2. Frightening

Every young athlete needs to read this. One in three NFL players will develop brain issues. Is that really worth the fame and fortune of a short career in the limelight?

3. Selective Justice

Well that’ll show him. Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston will have to sit for one whole half of a college football game for his x-rated ranting in front of students. Let’s summarize Winston. He was accused two years ago of rape, but never charged. The University is still investigating. Just wondering if they’ll end their investigation at the conclusion of his football career at Florida State? Oh, and he stole $32 worth of crab legs from a local supermarket and got suspended 3 games from the BASEBALL team. Just curious if any other Florida State student had his rap sheet, would he still be a student at good ol’ FSU?

4. You’re Outta Here

Good on umpire Tim Welke. He had heard enough in Atlanta from a foul-mouthed heckling fan, so he did the right thing. He had the fan ejected! One question. Why didn’t the Braves or the ushers do the deed? Never mind.

5. Today in Sports

First read Today in Sports below, and then return to this item.

As they say in TV, “Welcome back.” Huh? I never went anywhere. Anyhow, the attendance for that historic last game ever at the Polo Grounds? 1,752. No big deal. Now if Steiner Sports were around back then. Just think of the memorabilia possibilities. Uh, maybe not.

Happy Birthday: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. 55.
Bonus Birthday: Singer Frankie Avalon. 74.

Today in Sports: In the last game played at the Polo Grounds, the Phillies beat the Mets 5-1. The game ended on a doubleplay involving Bobby Wine and Cookie Rojas, conjuring up the imaginary song “The Plays of Wine and Rojas.” 1963.
Bonus Event: The Debut of The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS. 1955.

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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 October 3rd.