Len’s Top 5 – April 22, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • The Knicks fired coach Mike Woodson
  • Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announces his retirement after a 23-year coaching career.
  • Boston Marathon: Meb Keflezighi is the first American to win the race since 1983. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya ran the fastest women’s Boston Marathon in history: 2:18:57. Her second straight Boston win and third overall.
  • NBA Playoffs: Fit to be tied. Memphis/Oklahoma City and Golden State/Clippers are both 1-1.
  • NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Colorado and Anaheim all lead their series 2-1.
  • Ike Davis hit a grand slam for Pittsburgh last night. He hit one earlier this month for the Mets. He becomes the first player in baseball history to hit grand slams for two different teams in April. Amaze your friends and neighbors with that one.

2. Boston Strong

It was a perfect ending. Not only did 36,000 runners prove they will not be cowed by terrorism, but an American (he came to this country at the age of 12) won the race for the first time in 31 years. And when Meb Keflezighi broke down in tears after the finish line you couldn’t help but sob along, primarily because of what happened last year.
By the way, there was only 10 minutes and 20 seconds between the men’s and women’s winners. In New York and London the gap was about 16 minutes. Might there come a time when the top woman will equal or beat the top man?

3. Banned in Boston

Philadelphia sports fans are legendary for booing Santa Claus at an Eagles game. Now Boston Bruins fans are a close second. A guy showed up Sunday dressed as Jesus. As he was apparently being escorted out a few fans booed him. But it wasn’t a total loss. Jesus was voted the “fan of the game” on the Jumbotron.
As they say on Easter Sunday: Oy!

4. The Mick

Interesting bit in the Washington Post in the aftermath of the Nationals Bryce Harper being benched for loafing to first base. They quote the New York Daily News from August of 1960. It seems Casey Stengel benched Mickey Mantle for also not hustling to first. After the game Stengel erupted: “Who the hell does he think he is? Some superman or something like that?” As for Mantle he said his legs were fine. And in classic Mantle style he explained whose idea it was to leave the game: “It must have been his (Stengel’s),” said Mick with a smile. “It sure wasn’t mine.”

5. Is Bigger Better?

Perhaps you read the piece in the New York Times about experimental ways to make golf more appealing. One example is a 15-inch hole instead of the normal 4.25 inch diameter. They found the round takes an hour less to play and scores drop by about 10 shots. Maybe it’ll shut that guy up who always yells “in the hole” whenever somebody takes a shot. The more it goes “in the hole” the less unusual it will be.

Happy Birthday: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. 28.
Bonus Birthday: Can you handle the truth that actor Jack Nicholson is 77 today?

Today in Sports: 99 years ago today. The New York Yankees don pinstripes for the first time. 1915.
Bonus Event: 99-cent waffles! 50 years ago today. The New York World’s Fair opened. 1964.

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Len's Book Signings/Appearances 2014:

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NBC's Today Show "Spanning the World" Friday April 25th.
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