1. Quick Hits
- Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury agrees to bolt the Red Sox for the Yankees for 7 years $153-million.
- The domino effect: As a result of Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran is expected to sign with Kansas City and Robinson Cano could end up in Seattle.
- The reeling Brooklyn Nets have “reassigned” assistant coach Lawrence Frank. He’s getting millions on a 6-year contract that lasted 16 games.
2. The Evil Empire
As usual the Yankees make all the noise. All they have to do is throw some money around. On the plus side, in Jacoby Ellsbury, they get a lefty leadoff hitter, improve their team and put a dent in the champion Red Sox. On the minus side, the bloated contract will eventually turn bad as they all do and it again points up the fact that the Yankees don’t have a farm system. Need to stock your team? Spend zillions. They really have no choice. With their TV ratings and attendance down they need to put on a “show.” It’s entertainment baby.
3. Attention Passengers
It’s good to play sports. You get the pretty girls and you get your flight. It turns out the Florida Gators basketball team was trying to fly out of Gainesville for a game at U-Conn. When their flight developed mechanical trouble Delta apparently “hijacked” a flight to Atlanta and gave the plane to the basketball team. All the passengers on the Atlanta flight got bumped. As for the basketball game Monday night, Florida lost at the buzzer. (Preview) Divine retribution from the travel Gods?
4. High Brow
We deal in just about every sports issue on the Top 5 and you guys aren’t shy about voicing your opinions. So what major sports issue created the most buzz yesterday among you? Right Vernon Davis being tackled by his “manliness.” (Preview) Davis thinks that should be against the rules. Top 5 subscriber Gary L. writes, “Vernon Davis is just trying to dicktate to the NFL some new rules.” And from John G. “He got the shaft on that play.”
I’m so proud of my subscribers.
5. The Christmas Spirit
At least Cleveland sports fans have a sense of humor. I know, they have no choice. As they continue to wait for that elusive championship, in the spirit of the holiday, enjoy all your favorite holiday songs sung by “The Very Angry Browns Fan.” (Preview) Is there any other kind of Browns fan?
Happy Birthday: Former Knicks great Bernard King. 57.
Bonus Birthday: Tyra Banks. 40.
Today in Sports: The NBA suspended Latrell Sprewell of Golden State for one year (later reduced to 68 games) for choking his coach, P.J. Carlesimo. 1997.
Bonus Event: You can have it your way, Burger King opened its first restaurant in Miami. 1954.
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