Prime 5 Sports Tales

Happy Thursday everybody, here is my Top 5 for September sixteen, 2010 from Len Berman at

* The Heisman Trophy individuals will not give the award to Reggie Bush’s 2005 runner-up, Vince Younger.
* The San Diego Chargers dwelling opener towards Jacksonville Sunday will most likely be blacked out. The Chargers have had 6 straight years of sellouts. See #3 under.
* The NFL sends all its groups memos relating to media policy. In part it reads, “Please remember that girls reporters are professionals and ought to be handled as such.” This in mild of the Jets incident with the Mexican Television reporter.
* The wild west. Three groups, the Padres, Giants and Rockies at the moment are inside 2 1/2 video games.

2. We Love You, We Love You Not

USA Immediately used to run lists day-after-day. At some point they requested former Major Leaguer Willie Mays Aikens his favorite sportscasters. He picked me 5th. That is my lasting legacy. I used to be Willie Mays Aikens’ fifth favorite sportscaster. A minimum of I am doing better than LeBron James. He’s now rated the 6th most hated athlete behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Bengals Broad receivers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, and Kobe Bryant.

That’s what sports activities has come to. Who do we like to hate?

Three. Warning Indicators

Misplaced within the shuffle. Florida is a soccer crazed state, and but the Tampa Bay Bucs have been the only residence team blacked out last Sunday. They had been nowhere close to a sellout. Neither were the Giants and Jets, but “premium seats” don’t count. That’s called artistic scorekeeping. And it isn’t simply the tickets. These costly parking areas at Yankee Stadium are begin avoided like the plague. The developer of the garages may default on his bonds. Has the snowball started rolling downhill? Fewer fans, resulting in decrease ticket prices, resulting in diminished salaries, resulting in families being able to attend sports occasions? Nah, I am probably dreaming.

4. Memories

The issue with being around so long is that every thing reminds you of something else. Looking at “Today in Sports activities,” it reminds me that I once hosted a boxing match on HBO in Maryland involving Sugar Ray Leonard. I labored with the legendary boxing announcer Don Dunphy. Earlier than the match we went for a sandwich. When it came time to pay the bill, Don stated “this is how we all the time do it. We flip a coin. Loser pays.”
He flipped, I won. I bought a free dinner and that i bought to work with a legend. Does it get any higher than that?

5. Souvenirs

Name me quaint. However I when was a child, I used to be thrilled to get a baseball cap of my favorite group. Shirts and jackets have been nice too. However ink? Here’s the most recent. You’ll be able to have your arm completely “tattooed” along with your favorite group, with the official NHL tattoo sleeve. Only $thirteen.Ninety nine. Lovely.
What’s subsequent, an official NHL combating black-eye emblem?
Pleased Birthday: Former pitching nice Orel Hershiser. 52.
Bonus Birthday: Legendary musician B.B. King. 85.

In the present day in Sports activities: Sugar Ray Leonard knocked out Thomas “Hitman” Hearns to win the welterweight title. 1981.
Bonus Occasion: Sock it to me? Presidential candidate Richard Nixon appears on Snigger-In. 1968.

A giant thanks to Michael Kay for mentioning my new e book on final evening’s Yankees telecast on Sure.

I will be on Hannity tonight at 9pm on FOX.
My subsequent book signing is Sunday at 2pm at Borders in Glendale, Queens on Cooper Avenue.

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