1. Quick Hits
- Thursday night football: San Diego handed Denver a rare home loss 27-20. After the game four people were stabbed outside the stadium. Denver police said one was in critical condition and all suspects are in custody.
- Boy we’ll miss this image. The NFL is considering a centralized location for all video replays like the NHL does it.
- The Detroit Tigers and former Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain reportedly agree to a one year deal.
- Pete Rose is a funny guy. He told ESPN Radio that Jay Z negotiated a pay raise for Robinson Cano in Seattle and 30 days extra vacation time. Rose said “It’s called October.”
2. Budgetary Concerns
I thought this was an interesting column. If you don’t feel like clicking, here’s the bottom line. The cost of 4 free agent baseball players this off season: $538-million. The cost of sending a spacecraft to Mars in 2016: $425-million.
3. Some Lip
Now for something completely different. A young lady lip syncing the miracle Auburn touchdown that beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Kaitlyn Reed channels announcer Ron Bramblett perfectly! And she’s from Texas!
4. Friday eMailbag
Many of you are opposed to the new proposed baseball rule to eliminate home plate collisions. R F. wrote on Facebook at “Len Berman’s Top 5,” “What’s next, wrapping the catcher in bubble wrap?” But K.F. responded, “It’s always interesting, Len, how people who don’t have to feel the pain want others to do so for their entertainment.”
When a Top 5 subscriber had this thought about new Hall of Famers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre: “Are any of their win totals or World Series records tainted because they may have had players using steroids on their respective teams?” H.K. responded, “I’d say the answer is no, because they probably had to beat teams with players who may have been using steroids.”
R.S. has an interesting thought: “Is Washington D.C. The Capitol of the USA or is it the Capitol of shut downs? First Stephen Strasburg from pitching in the playoffs, then the United States government, and now RG Griffin III.”
With ESPN asking its announcers to refrain from using the word “sucks” on the air, M.F. responds, “OK. if we can’t say ‘sucks’ on the air — give me another word to describe the Knicks.”
5. Spanning the World
This week’s Spanning the World highlight comes from a high school basketball game in Virginia. (Preview) That should count for more than 3 points, no?
Spanning the World airs on NBC’s Today Show. Next up: Spanning the Year, Friday December 27th.
Happy Birthday: Jets coach Rex Ryan (and coincidentally his twin brother Rob, the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator.) 51.
Bonus Birthday: Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift. 24.
Today in Sports: 30 years ago today the highest scoring game in NBA history. Detroit beat Denver in triple overtime 186-184. 1983.
Today in History: 10 years ago today American forces capture Saddam Hussein. 2003.
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