Len’s Top 5 – October 20, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • Peyton Manning is now the all-time touchdown pass king with 510 besting Brett Favre’s 508. Manning threw 4 last night as Denver beat San Francisco 42-17.
  • Jacksonville will not lose them all. The Jaguars are now 1-6 after beating Cleveland 24-6. Oakland, at 0-6, is now the only winless team.
  • Buzzer beaters: Detroit, Buffalo, Kansas City and Washington all won in the final seconds. Washington winning on what the announcer called a “Walk-off field goal.” As opposed to the Patriots winning Thursday night on a walk-off blocked field goal? Seriously? “Walk-off” made my list of 10 worst cliches in sports at about.com
  • The Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 in the preseason experiment with 11 minute quarters and fewer timeouts. The players didn’t notice much and the game took one minute less to play than the Celtics previous preseason game.

2. Swap Talk

It’s always interesting when a shocking trade goes down. Such was the case when the champion Seahawks shipped wide receiver Percy Harvin to the lowly Jets. Of course then all the stories come out about Harvin being a headache including one about a fistfight Super Bowl morning with fellow wide receiver Golden Tate. How come these stories never surfaced before? Anyway that’s probably why Seattle made the deal but why did the 1-6 Jets? Is the general manager John Idzik just trying to show that he actually did something? He’s been getting all the flak for the weak Jets roster. A little tush covering here?

3. Leadership

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was fined $25,000 by the WTA for calling Serena and Venus the “Williams brothers” on a TV talk show. He’s also been suspended from tour involvement for a year. There’s no place in a sport for someone who belittles his players. He should have been permanently kicked to the curb.

4. Better Leadership

Then there’s Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. His team was hosting San Antonio in a preseason game. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and 5 of his players including Tim Duncan didn’t make the trip. (Some were injured.) So during the game, Sarver took to the microphone!
Good for him. Other owners in other sports should follow suit. Better yet exhibition games, by their very name, should be free of charge. Owners can take their pound of flesh on the parking and concessions.

5. Reporting for Duty

About 15 years ago I was a sideline reporter for Jets games on NBC. It was my least favorite broadcasting assignment of all-time. You’re not allowed to talk to the players, and you can’t report injuries until the TV truck gives you the information. So the “injury news” you’re breaking is known to the TV production crew first. On top of that it sure was fun that time at Soldier Field Chicago when I froze my casabas off. But nowadays I wouldn’t be hired for the job. Not pretty, blonde or female enough. Some of them even get kissed on the air after their interviews. Maybe if Keyshawn or Pepper Johnson had given me a smooch back then I would have liked the job better.

Today’s Birthday: My hero, The Mick, was born on this date in 1931.
Bonus Birthday: Rapper Snoop Dogg. 43.

Today in Sports: The New York Nets sold Dr. J. to the Philadelphia 76ers for $3-million. 1976.
Bonus Event: The Sydney Opera House opened up. 1973.

Since you’re probably wondering, no, the Top 5 was not opened in Alaska over the weekend. But it was read, for example, in Russia, China and Croatia.

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