Len’s Top Five – November 19th, 2012



1. Quick Hits

* New England crushed Indianapolis yesterday 59-24 but tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his arm.
* #1 and #2 in college football, Kansas State and Oregon, both bit the dust. So Notre Dame and Alabama are 1-2 in the BCS Standings.
* Maryland and Rutgers could be the next schools to exit their conferences and head to the Big Ten making it the Big Fourteen.
* NHL talks resume today.
* Brad Keselowski captured the NASCAR driving championship.



2. Going to the Polls


Can the college football playoff come fast enough? A 4-team championship begins in 2014 but this year will certainly leave lots of schools howling. With both Kansas State and Oregon losing, that leaves Notre Dame and Ohio State as the only major undefeated teams and Ohio State is ineligible for a bowl. So any number of teams with one loss will be clamoring to get into the championship game. But that’s the bowl system. Time was you needed a great record to play in a bowl game. My alma mater Syracuse is now eligible for a bowl thanks to its sterling 6-5 record.




3. The Melk Man


It will be fascinating to watch Melky Cabrera play for Toronto next season. Aside from the fact that the Blue Jays have loaded-up this off-season, which Cabrera will show up? The one who was an OK hitter or the Cabrera who suddenly became a .300 hitter the past two seasons? This year he was an All Star for the first time, winning MVP honors in the game. And he was fighting for the National League batting title before he got busted for testosterone. Credit the Giants for telling him to take a hike, even though his suspension ended in the post-season. They won the World Series without him. Will Cabrera be a real player next season in Toronto or just another asterisk?





4. Parity


The NFL owns the TV ratings in sports, and the good news for the NFL is it will only get better. We’re past the halfway mark of the season, and other than Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Carolina everyone is basically alive. Well, the Eagles and Rams are on life support. Baseball added an extra wild card this season to add some excitement in September. MLB can only look in envy how the NFL has virtually everyone still in the mix. Now if baseball would go to a 16 game schedule……





5. Frozen in Time

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took his deserved place among the statues outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles Friday night. He joins Magic Johnson, Jerry West and announcer Chick Hearn who are immortalized, as well as Wayne Gretzky and boxer Oscar De La Hoya. I wonder if some day Lakers statues will rival the volume of Yankees retired numbers? Kobe will get a statue for sure, and lots of other deserve some consideration, among them Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson and Shaquille O’Neal. Will it evolve into a sports stadium or a museum?



Happy Birthday: Gold medal winning gymnast Kerri Strug (featured in my new book below). 35.

Bonus Birthday: A couple of pretty fair yakkers, Larry King, 79 and Dick Cavett, 76.

Today in Sports:   Pele scored his 1000th career goal.  1969.

Bonus Event: Four score and blah, blah blah. Abe made a speech at Gettysburg. 1863.


It’s not too early to buy a holiday gift for that young sports fan in you life. If you’d like to purchase a personally autographed copy of my new book The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs, please contact the Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington, New York at (516) 767-2650.

Len’s Top 5 – May 7, 2010

Len’s Top 5 – May 7, 2010

1. Quick Hits

* Giants great Lawrence Taylor is arrested for the rape of a 16-year old prostitute in Rockland County, New York.

* The Oakland Raiders release quarterback bust JaMarcus Russell. A waste of a number one pick and $39-million.

* Robert Allenby and J.B. Holmes lead the Players Championship after one round at 6-under-par. Tiger Woods is 4 back.

* Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, who led the Phillies Whiz Kids to the 1950 National League pennant, is dead at the age of 83.

Here we go again. A long day’s journey into night, otherwise known as Yankees/Red Sox tonight at Fenway.

Celtics G.M. Danny Ainge was fined $25-thousand for tossing a towel in an effort to distract a Cleveland free throw shooter.



2. L.T.

The news of rape allegations against Lawrence Taylor is sad, but not surprising. Taylor has always lived on the edge, playing fast and loose with drugs, money and the law. It’s basically how he played on the field, but it was legal there. I co-hosted a TV show with Taylor at the end of his career. It wasn’t half bad. OK, we had entertainers on the show as well as sports stars, and we did end one episode with Bruce Hornsby singing “My Girl.” Sadly. No, we did not win an Emmy. The show originated from a N.J. restaurant called “L.T’s.” The eatery went belly up, soon after the show ended. Again, not a surprise.


3. Subscriber Larry K. gives us the laugh of the week courtesy of the satirical newspaper The Onion.

PITTSBURGH—PNC Park boasted a rare sellout crowd Tuesday when more than 38,000 eager Pirates fans showed up for “Fan Euthanasia Night,” during which each attendee was guaranteed “the sweet release of a quick and painless death” courtesy of sponsor PepsiCo. “For a diehard Pirates fan who has been following this team for nearly 20 consecutive losing seasons, or really just anyone who watched them get beat 20-0 by the Brewers last week, this is certainly a well-deserved treat,” said 46-year-old Jim Martin, walking through the turnstile to receive his souvenir program and his lethal dose of sodium thiopental. “I haven’t seen so many people so relaxed and generally happy to be at a Pirates game in a long time.” An estimated 200,000 Pirates fans who were unable to get tickets to the game reportedly listened to its radio broadcast while idling their cars inside closed garages.

I’m pretty sure this was a joke. We’re in the process of checking.


4. Friday eMailbag

This past week featured lots of “criminals” in the sports world. Subscriber John R. writes that former Chief Justice Earl Warren wouldn’t recognize the sports pages anymore. Warren once famously said, “I always turn to the sports page first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.” 
Editor’s Note: Now, man pretty much fails everywhere in the newspaper.

In response to a subscriber saying that young people find baseball boring, P.S. writes, “Baseball, in my opinion, has a much more intricate strategy than basketball or football, whose players run around in miniskirts (basketball) and male ballet outfits (football). Basketball and football are for those with short attention spans…not baseball.”
Editor’s Note: You’re a regular sports fashionista, P.S.

When I mentioned a Rodney Dangerfield joke, subscriber Ahvi came up with this Rodney gem, “”My wife was such a bad cook, the flies conspired to fix the screens!”

5. Spanning the World

Here’s this weeks great video. Thanks to Top 5 intern Jesse F. for finding it.

Now when you go to the ballpark, you need to bring your glove and a video camera to catch a ball!


Happy Birthday: The great Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas was born on this date in 1933.

Bonus Birthday: In another 24 years he can wish himself a happy 100th. Weatherman Willard Scott. 76.

Today in Sports: 40 years ago tomorrow, in a galaxy far far away. Willis Reed limps out for game 7 and the Knicks win the NBA Championship over the Lakers. 1970.

Bonus Event: I happened to be listening on the radio when the great Cleveland pitcher Herb Score was hit in the eye by a line drive off the bat of Yankee shortstop Gil McDougald. 1957.

Thanks to all those who sent me email addresses of friends and colleagues who might enjoy receiving the Top 5. The lucky lottery winners for my books will be announced next week.

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