Len’s Top 5 – December 10, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • The Chicago Cubs land the big prize, free agent pitcher Jon Lester. 6 years, $155-million.
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a two vehicle accident. He suffered two back fractures.
  • A South African judge rules that prosecutors can appeal Oscar Pistorius’ murder acquittal. Pistorius is serving 5 years for culpable homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend.
  • Michigan’s basketball team, after being stunned by NJ Institute of Technology, gets upset for the second straight game, this time by Eastern Michigan 45-42.

2. Stiff Upper Lip

When LeBron James posed with the royals the other night in Brooklyn he pulled a boo-boo. He put his arm around Kate. That’s a no-no when it comes to royal etiquette. No touching is the rule. The Daily Mail featured the headline “The moment that sweaty basketball star LeBron James breached protocol by putting his arm around Kate’s shoulder.” The Mirror said basically the same with the additional words “Kate Middleton doesn’t care!” In other words, no harm, no foul.

3. Court Time

This is right up the alley of all you legal eagles out there. The New York Times featured this story that has wound up in court. Until the decision is rendered the playoffs are now on hold. At issue: the refs blew the call and everyone knows it. A judge is expected to rule today. But should a court decide the issue? Does this open up the possibility of very controversial sports decision wending its way through the court system? I don’t like it. What do you think?

4. Anonymous

How about a new rule in sports. If you’ve got something to say, say it on the record. TMZ quotes a Washington football “star” who claims the locker room has lost faith in quarterback Robert Griffin III. “No one is happy … no one gets the hype around him anymore.” A couple of questions. There are stars on the 3-10 Washington football team? And maybe the media should stop quoting “anonymous” sources? Man up everyone.

5. Have a Seat

What ever happened to reporter involvement? At a tennis exhibition the other day in London, Elton John was one of the coaches and he had a slight problem with his courtside chair. You gotta love the sportscaster. She sort of calls the play-by-play with sounds like “ooh” and “ah.” But she makes no effort to help Sir Elton back into his seat. Then again, what sportscaster wants to muss up a red dress?

Happy Birthday: Two-time NBA champ with the Detroit Pistons, Mark Aguirre. 55.
Bonus Birthday: Celebrity chef Bobby Flay. 50.

Today in Sports: 75 years ago today the NFL season was over! Green Bay shutout the New York Giants 27-0 in the NFL Championship Game. 1939.
Bonus Event: Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published. 1884.

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