Len’s Top 5 – November 17, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • Sunday Night Football: New England crushed Indianapolis 42-20.
  • With Green Bay mauling Philadelphia 53-20, are we looking at a Patriots/Packers Super Bowl?
  • Eli Manning (5) and Peyton Manning (2) combined for 7 interceptions as the Giants and Broncos both lost. Top 5 subscriber T.P. wonders if this is an NFL record? “Most interceptions by a family on a given Sunday?”
  • DEA agents made surprise visits to NFL locker rooms as part of an investigation into claims by former players that teams have mishandled prescription drugs. According to an NFL spokesman no irregularities were found.
  • College football: Shakeup at the top after #4 Alabama handed #1 Mississippi State its first loss 25-20. Florida State is now #1.
  • Kevin Harvick is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.

2. You Betcha

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has ventured out onto a limb. He wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times in support of legalized sports gambling. No major commissioner has ever taken a stance like this. I understand what he’s saying, and he advocates for strong safeguards: “Mandatory monitoring and reporting of unusual betting-line movements; a licensing protocol to ensure betting operators are legitimate; minimum-age verification measures; geo-blocking technology to ensure betting is available only where it is legal; mechanisms to identify and exclude people with gambling problems; and education about responsible gaming.” Good stuff, but who exactly is going to do all that stuff. We’re going to leave it to the government? How well do those gun background checks work, exactly?

3. The World According to Scott

Baseball’s most successful agent, Scott Boras, loves to talk. He once advocated for a 9-game World Series. His latest idea is neutral sites for World Series games, like the Super Bowl. Whatever his theory it’s always about money, more of it for the players. He also reportedly tried to cover up Manny Ramirez’s failed drug test. And then there’s his war of words with the Mets. He used to describe the Mets payroll as “shopping in the fruits and nuts aisle.” This year he said they’ve upgraded to the “ready foods section.” Mets GM Sandy Alderson fired back, “Boras has been shopping near the meat section. That’s where he gets his bulls***” Who said baseball’s boring?

4. Goal or No Goal?

Ya think you know the rules? Here’s the Rangers game winning shootout goal against Pittsburgh Saturday night. Except for the fact that it wasn’t.
By the time the replay was adjudicated half of the Rangers equipment was packed up. And to add insult to injury the Penguins then won the game.

5. Botched Play

Here’s the “When you are given lemons” play of the year turned in by Cortland against Ithaca on Saturday. Cortland was going for the game tying field goal and they screwed it up into a game-winning touchdown.

Happy Birthday: The Franchise, Tom Terrific. Tom Seaver. 70.
Bonus Birthday: And separated at birth, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, 70.

Today in Sports: NBC’s “Heidi Bowl” where Oakland beat the Jets while the country was watching Heidi. 1968.
Bonus Event: President Richard Nixon famously said, “I am not a crook.” 1973.

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