Happy Tuesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for May 7, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
- NBA Playoffs: Chicago stuns Miami in game one 93-86.
- San Antonio beat Golden State 129-127 in a double overtime thriller in game one of their series despite 44 points from the Warriors Stephen Curry.
- NHL Playoffs: After trailing two games to none the champion L.A. Kings have evened their series with St. Louis 2-2.
- Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, after the Florida legislature didn't pass legislation to help refurbish the team's stadium, said the Dolphins long term future in South Florida is "clearly bleak."
- The Minnesota Vikings cut punter Chris Kluwe, known for speaking his mind on all sorts of issues including his support of gay marriage. He tweeted, "So long, Minnesota, and thanks for all the fish!"
- The Boston Herald reports that Tom Brady was so happy at the Kentucky Derby because he won around $25,000 on Orb. Thank goodness. Now Brady can carry around some tipping money.
2. We the People
Forbes.com ran a survey asking who is the most influential athlete. And somehow Tim Tebow was voted #1. Just wonder where he'd rank if he actually played? And the story was going around that there was a petition on the White House's "We the People" website demanding that the Jacksonville Jaguars sign Tebow. I don't know where to begin. Perhaps with the fact that I couldn't find it anywhere on the site. And if I could, it would take 100,000 signatures by the end of the month for the administration to take a look at it, and supposedly there were about 100 signatures on the petition that I couldn't find. The most popular White House petitions deal with a hateful church and voting fraud in Malaysia. The White House realized how frivolous the Tebow petition was and went delete.
3. Family Feud
Kobe Bryant's mom wanted to buy a new house, so Kobe reportedly offered her $250,000 towards the home. But she went with the higher bid. An auction house offered her $450,000 for all of Kobe's high school basketball memorabilia. Kobe then went to court to stop the auction, which is now on hold. It's gonna be one swell mother's day in the Mrs. Bryant household.
4. A Pointed Reaction
Under the heading of "You can't make this stuff up," when the Columbus Texas high school 4x100 relay team won the regionals, the anchor of the team raised a finger toward the sky pointing to God. The team was then disqualified for "excessive celebration" and won't be allowed to compete in the state championships. Some critics are calling it a violation of religious freedom. Sports sure gets complicated don't it?
5. Say it Ain't So
At a recent sports memorabilia auction they discovered that a Mickey Mantle bat had been tampered with. The tampering was consistent with corking a bat which as you know is illegal. Being that Mickey Mantle is my hero, I'm going with the story that somebody else tampered with the bat after Mickey used it. Go ahead, prove me wrong.
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Happy Birthday: If you want to be a pro quarterback you may want to be born on May 7. Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs is 29. The former Boston Patriots star (and Joe Namath's backup in Super Bowl III) Babe Parilli is 84. And the great Johnny Unitas would have been 80 today.
Today in Sports: Seattle Slew wins the Kentucky Derby. He'd go on to win the Triple Crown. 1977.
Bonus Event: Columbia University approved plans to hand out some new awards named Pulitzer Prizes. They were named after a newspaper publisher named Joseph Pulitzer. 1912.
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