Len’s Top 5 – November 25, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • Monday Night Football: Buffalo (6-5) dumped the Jets (2-9) 38-3 in Detroit. Baltimore (7-4) beat New Orleans (4-7) 34-27.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs say that they believe Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry is suffering from lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.
  • Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are first-timers on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
  • If you haven’t heard of Kyle Seager, you have now. The Mariners locked up their third baseman for 7 years, $100-million.
  • Long time NHL coach (5 teams) Pat Quinn has died at the age of 71.
  • The sports world had these reactions to the news in Ferguson, Missouri on twitter.

2. Who’s Evil Now?

The Boston Red Sox used to love playing their “poverty” card. Dripping with sarcasm they called the Yankees the “Evil Empire” and said they couldn’t compete with the Yankees resources. Well the last time I looked the Yankees were in desperate need of both a third baseman and a shortstop. So the Red Sox swoop in and sign two big names at big bucks for those exact positions, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Perhaps the Red Sox will now have empathy with the Yankees plight. If you win, you want to keep winning. Doesn’t make you evil. It means once you’ve been to the penthouse you’ve lost all interest in the outhouse.

3. Deck the Halls

Also on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot are all the leftovers including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Bonds says he’s going to make it one day. He said, “I deserve to be there, Clemens deserves to be there. The guys that are supposed to be there are supposed to be there. Period. I don’t even know how to say it. We are Hall of Famers.”
Many of the writers may never allow the cheaters to enter Cooperstown. But the truth is Bonds is 100 per cent correct. He and Clemens are Hall of Famers. As for their character? That’s another story.

4. Mac and Cheese

So here’s how it went down last night in Philadelphia. It was “Mac and Cheese” Monday at the Sixers game. Fans behind the basket used the boxes as noisemakers. And Philly actually led Portland 52-50 at the half. But in the end the 76ers dropped to 0-14, losing to the Trailblazers 114-104. On the bright side, if the fans donated the mac and cheese to charity they got two tickets to a future game. And by scoring 90 points fans got half off a Papa John’s pizza online. On the slip side, they’ll have to do better in the promotions department than comfort food. Attendance was well below normal, in fact the building has half empty.

5. Turkey Awards

In honor of the holiday, who garnered the coveted sports Turkey Awards for 2014? Here’s my Top 10 at About.com
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Today’s Birthday: Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio would have been 100 today.
Bonus Birthday: Perennial Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champ Joey Chestnut. 31. (Not sure what that is in “dog” years.)

Today in Sports: O.J. Simpson rushed for a record 273 yards against Detroit. His record was broken the next year by Walter Payton and is currently held by Adrian Peterson (296). 1976.
Bonus Event: Hey science buffs, Albert Einstein came up with his theory of relativity. 1915.

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