BY LEN BERMAN
TOP 5 FOR DEC. 10, 2012
1. Quick Hits
The Dallas Cowboys won in Cincinnati 20-19 after the latest NFL tragedy. Defensive lineman Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a car accident which killed teammate Jerry Brown. Dallas and Washington remain one game behind the Giants.
Zack Greinke is the newest Dodgers pitcher, 6 years $147-million.
Even the Kansas City Royals are bigger wheeler-dealers than the Yankees. They pick up pitcher James Shields as part of a 7 player trade with Tampa Bay.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored his 86th goal of the season setting the all-time soccer record.
Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the 6th round Saturday night in their 4th fight. Bob Arum's first word....rematch!
2. The New Yankees
Hey Yankee-haters, you've got the wrong coast. The L.A. Dodgers are now the big spenders in town as they added free agent pitcher Zack Greinke to their collection as well as Korean starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu.
With all the contracts the Dodgers took on from Boston last season it now appears that the Dodgers are a lock to have the biggest payroll in baseball history. This at a time when the Yankees are paring down. General Manager Brian Cashman even had the temerity to say "Beggars can't be choosers." So get out your hankies Yankee-haters. Tough times....except in L.A.
3. In the Nick of Time
Johnny Football won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night. The Texas A&M quarterback becomes the first freshman to ever win it. I'm just glad Johnny Manziel has a nickname. What ever happened to them? Where have the Carlisle Indians and the Galloping Ghosts gone? Actually credit the champion San Francisco Giants with at least giving it a shot. They have The Freak and Kung Fu Panda. Not exactly the Seven Rocks of Granite, but at least they're trying.
4. Rule Book
Last week when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested doing away with kickoffs, I asked you for some wacky rules changes. Some of you proposed eliminating tackling altogether. One of you suggested eliminating Roger Goodell. But the most common suggestion was increasing the number of points the longer the field goal. Top 5 subscriber R.B. had the most comprehensive plan. "Field goals 24 yards or less - 2 points. 25 -54 yards - 3 points...55 plus - 4 points. And when you score you maintain possession of the ball." Two good wrinkles here. The chip shot field goals would be worth more than an extra point, but less than 3. And maintaining possession after scoring, might be a good 4th quarter rule to help teams come from behind. As for rewarding distance, basketball is the only current team sport that does it. A cheapy home run around the Pesky Pole is worth the exact same as a clout onto Landsdowne Street.
5. Truth in Advertising
A mom took her 3-year old to see Santa at Lowe's Christmas Market in Toronto. He was wearing a Maple Leafs cap. Santa told the kid he shouldn't be wearing that cap because the "Leafs suck." For his honesty, Santa got sacked and the kid cried all the way home. Hey the kid should look on the bright side. He could have been wearing an Eagles shirt at a Philly mall.
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Happy Birthday: Jets tackle D'Brickshaw Ferguson. 29.
Bonus Birthday: TV chef Bobby Flay. 48.
Today in Sports: The Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three prospects to California for Jim Fregosi. 1971.
Bonus Event: Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy. 1953.
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About Len Berman:
Len is an Emmy-Award winning sportscaster and New York Times Best Selling Author who has covered just about every major sports event including multiple Super Bowls, World Series, and Olympics during his 40-year career in broadcasting.