Len’s Top 5 – November 21, 2012



1. Quick Hits

  • * Taking a shot. The Pittsburgh Steelers sign wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
    * Tomorrow’s Menu: Houston at Detroit CBS 12:30pm. Washington at Dallas FOX 4:30pm. New England at Jets NBC 8:20pm

    * Boxer Hector “Macho” Comacho was shot in the face in Puerto Rico. He’s expected to survive.

    * Shoot! Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College in Iowa scored an NCAA-record 138 points in their 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible.  And he missed 56 shots! He was 52 of 108 from the field. Watching the video, you won’t be surprised to learn he had zero assists.




2. A Fan to the End


81-year old Loren Lickteig died last week. This is how his obituary began in the local paper.” Loren G. “Sam” Lickteig passed away on Nov. 14, 2012 of complications from MS and heartbreaking disappointment caused by the Kansas City Chiefs football team.” Hang in there Jets fans





3. Political Football


With Fox buying part of the YES Network, fueling speculation that Fox might eventually buy the Yankees, Top 5 subscriber S. B. wrote, “I guess if Fox buys the Yankees, the right fielder will become the star.” Actually, when I was a guest on Hannity, I told the host on the air that if he were a baseball manager, he wouldn’t have a left fielder. A “fair and balanced” baseball lineup.





4. Holiday eMailbag
From Top 5 subscriber A.S. “While reading the stories about Buster Posey’s MVP, I’m struck by the lack of coverage talking about his comeback from the catastrophic injury he suffered such a short time ago. His accomplishment speaks to a determination, resilience and competitive nature that is really to be admired along with the great numbers he achieved this season.”
J.G. asked a good question. “Since there hasn’t been a NY Met that has won an NL MVP, are the Mets the only team that hasn’t had a regular season MVP?”
Editor’s Note: Five teams are MVP-less. Arizona, Miami, the Mets, Tampa Bay, and Washington.In regards to the Lakers erecting a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar H.K. writes, “Oh, I see what the Lakers are doing. They take players and honor them as statues. The Cavaliers take statues and honor them as players”

When I tweeted @LenBermanSports, “Just curious what Tim Tebow does for the Jets offense other than disturb Mark Sanchez’s rhythm and help kill drives?” R.A. tweeted back, “He lets teams know the Jets are getting ready to try a fake punt!”

And when I wrote about business in an Edmonton sex shop booming during the NHL lockout, D.L. wrote, “Adds new meaning to STICK HANDLING, no?” And from R.B. “Gives new meaning to the term ‘blue line.'”







5. Spanning the World

This week’s Spanning the World highlight is a new world record. A Japanese man set the record for sprinting 100 meters on all fours.  If you want to challenge the record you’ll have to beat 17.47 seconds. But you can earn yourself a spiffy new nickname. Kenichi Ito is known as “Monkey-Man.”
Spanning the World airs monthly on NBC’s Today Show. Next up, Friday November 30th in the 8:30am half hour.





Happy Birthday: Baseball legend Stan “The Man” Musial. 92.

Bonus Birthday: One of my personal faves, NBA great Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. 68

Today in Sports:  Remember hockey? The New York Rangers tie the record for most goals scored in the third period of a game, 8. The Rangers beat the California Golden Seals, remember them? 12-1. 1971.

Bonus Event: You can finally drive to Staten Island from here. The world’s longest suspension bridge (at the time), the Verrazano Bridge, is opened. 1964.


Looking for a holiday gift for that young sports fan in your 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.

The Top 5 will resume on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Len’s Top 5 – November 20th, 2012



1. Quick Hits

  • * Monday Night Football: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick won his first career start as San Francisco easily beat Chicago 32-7.
  • * The NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed one game without pay ($423.5-thousand) for repeated violations of rules that prohibit hits to the head and neck area of   defenseless players.
  • * Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig approves the blockbuster trade (read that fire sale) between the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • * With the Fox News Corporation buying 49% of the YES Network, it leads some to speculate that Fox will eventually buy the Yankees.
  • * Bye-bye it like Beckham. 37-year old David Beckham is leaving the L.A. Galaxy after 6 seasons (my how time flies). He isn’t retiring.



2. Cloak and Dagger


What, the Patriots were playing by their own rules? Can’t be. When Rob Gronkowski left Sunday’s game with a broken arm there was no information given out by the Patriots. That’s in direct violation of the N.F.L.’s media policy. Of course getting any information from Bill Belichick and company under ordinary circumstances is like pulling teeth. Need I bring up Spygate? Why the Patriots had their first team in the game going for still more points against the Colts in a blowout is a whole separate issue. Or is it?




3. Geographically and Mathematically Impaired


This email came yesterday from Top 5 subscriber Adam S. “I am sure you will touch on this tomorrow. With Maryland and looking like Rutgers joining the Big Ten, now we have the Big Ten with 14, the Big 12 with 10, San Diego St. in the Big East, Butler and Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10, and of course NJIT in the Great West (with FIVE teams!)…not to mention Winnipeg is still in the Southeast Division if the NHL ever gets its act together!
Thanks Adam. I love it when my subscribers write my stories for me. Now the rest of you, get on the stick!





4. Name Game


The Philadelphia Phillies double-A team is changing its name from the Reading Phillies to the Fightin Phils, Coupla questions. Shouldn’t they be the Phightin Phils? And isn’t this just the beginning? How about the Maulin Mets, the Shufflin Cards or the Collapsin Cubs?







5. If You’re Scoring at Home

So I guess the choice in Edmonton is hockey or sex. Thanks to the NHL lockout, one boutique owner says sales of sex toys and lingerie are up 15%. The owner of Hush Lingerie and More (the kinky version of Bed Bath and Beyond) says without hockey, guys have more time on their hands so they turn to you know what. Makes sense. Just like hockey, you need an assist to score….most of the time. There are instances of unassisted scores.



Happy Birthday: Gold medal winning gymnast (1996) Dominique Dawes. 36.

Bonus Birthday: Actress Bo, the perfect 10, Derek. 56.

Today in Sports:  50 years ago today, my hero, Mickey Mantle won his third and final MVP award. 1962.

Bonus Event: Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released. 1985.


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.