Len’s Top 5 – December 11, 2014

1. Quick Hits

  • The new L.A. Dodgers. They made some whirlwind deals yesterday with outfielder Matt Kemp reportedly going to San Diego. They acquired Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy and reportedly Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
  • Joe Torre hopes to speed up replay in baseball which, on average, took 1 minute and 46 seconds for each decision.
  • The NFL’s new personal conduct policy includes a special counsel to oversee discipline and Roger Goodell to hear appeals. The players of course don’t like it.
  • Heisman finalist, Wisconsin junior running back Melvin Gordon, will forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.
  • The great Dick Enberg is this year’s Ford Frick award winner at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Nebraska lost in basketball on a last second shot to a school named Incarnate Word. Honest.

2. I Can’t Breathe

What is the end game? The NBA is walking a tightrope and allowing players to wear “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in protest of the lack of an indictment in the Eric Garner choke-hold case. Many have saluted the players for taking a stand, a la John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics. Others contend that they don’t go to a sports event to see political protests. Perhaps the answer is for the sports community to espouse any issue they want, but off the court.

3. Cubs Win!

Of course the Cubs will win the World Series next season after their signings the other day. It was correctly predicted in Back to the Future II. The movie was released in 1989. How great was that prediction? Well, the Cubs won’t beat Miami in the World Series since they both play in the National League. But when the film was made there was no Miami team. In fact it was 4 more years before the Florida Marlins came into existence. They of course are now the Miami Marlins.

4. Court Time

Yesterday I wrote about that Oklahoma high school football playoff game that wound up in court putting the playoffs on hold. A decision is expected today. Your responses overwhelmingly condemned it.

*D. G. The other team (the one that wrongly won) should forfeit the victory.

*R.F. I think the court should fine the idiots who brought the case and sanction the lawyer. The players on the “losing” team are being deprived of the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson. Namely, life isn’t fair.

*P.B. Can’t believe that a court is actually hearing this and not declaring it frivolous. Assaults go on all the time on playing fields. Who’s getting arrested? There is no law enforcement at hockey games. When was the last time you saw a cop slide onto the ice to arrest those fighting?

*J.G. I thought that if there ever was a situation for a travesty-of-justice type call to be overturned after the fact, it would be Jim Joyce’s infamous “safe” call in Armando Galarraga’s perfect game.
These high school kids’ parents and coaches should take a lesson from Mr. Galarraga and show some class and dignity.

*P.R. Don’t they teach in Sports 101 that winning is NOT everything!

5. Top 10

CBS has announced that David Letterman’s last Late Show will be May 20th. I will sorely miss his Top 10s particularly those that were sports related. Here’s a sampling.

*Top Ten Hockey Player Pick-up Lines

*Dale Earnhardt Sr. Top 10 Reasons it took me 20 years to win Daytona 500

*Evan Lysacek. Top 10 Thoughts That Went Through My mind During My Gold Medal Routine
Happy trails, David!

Happy Birthday: Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. 28.
Bonus Birthday: Actress Teri Garr. 67.

Today in Sports: The Chicago Bears release their “smash-hit” video, Super Bowl Shuffle. 1985.
Bonus Event: Thanks doc, I needed that. They used nitrous oxide for the first time in dentistry. 1844.

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