1. Quick Hits
- Sunday Night Football: Dallas (8-3) beat the Giants (3-8) 31-28. In a losing cause, Giants rookie Odell Beckham, Jr. had the touchdown catch of the year.
- Only in the NFC South. Last place Tampa Bay is 2-9 and only 2 1/2 games out of first.
- Admission is free for tonight’s Bills/Jets game in Detroit that was moved from snowy Buffalo.
- Katy Perry will perform the halftime show for the Super Bowl.
- The Boston Red Sox are reportedly on the verge of signing Dodgers free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
2. Cost of Admission
Tonight’s football game in Detroit isn’t the only free sports event on the horizon. The struggling, as in (0-13) Philadelphia 76ers, hope to finally win one against Portland tonight at home. It’s “Mac and Cheese Monday.” In an effort to get fans to actually show up, they’re encouraged to bring boxes of Macaroni and Cheese and use them as noisemakers. And if they donate the boxes at halftime, they get two tickets to a future game. This after Papa John’s had to change their pizza promotion. If the Sixers won you could get 50% off an on-line order. Since they never win, all they have to do is score 90 points win or lose to get the deal. Seems they got a food fixation in the City of Brotherly Love.
Everyone agrees on two things about boxing. It ain’t what it was. But if there’s one fight fans want to see it’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Many are convinced it’ll never happen. All Mayweather does is make money and is often accused of ducking Pacquiao. But that may be ending. After easily dispensing with Chris Algieri Saturday night, Pacquiao’s camp says they’re preparing for Mayweather early next year. If it happens that’ll send a jolt through the moribund fight game.
4. Celebrate Good Times
As you know the Top 5 is not a fan of “look at me” celebrations. But this one we’ll let slide. The Colts young star T.Y. Hilton and his wife became parents yesterday of a little girl. Then, during the Colts win over Jacksonville, Hilton scored a 73 yard touchdown and the proceeded to play rockabye baby with the football. Rock on T.Y.
And here’s his emotional postgame interview.
5. Our Friends to the North
Top 5 subscriber D.M. passed this along. They had a microphone malfunction during the American National Anthem at a hockey game in Toronto and the crowd came to the rescue.
Very impressive. Here in the U.S. hockey fans are often too busy making noise during the anthem. And I doubt they’d be able to finish O Canada if they had to.
Happy Birthday: The Big “O” Oscar Robertson. 76.
Bonus Birthday: The former mayor of Detroit and the smoothest basketball player I ever saw, Dave Bing. 71.
Today in Sports: Philadelphia’s Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 55 rebounds, an NBA record, in a losing effort against Boston. 1960.
Bonus Event: Hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted out of an airplane over the Pacific Northwest with $200,000 and was never seen again. 1971.
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