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In this photo provided by The Daily Reveille, former LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is placed in a police car at Baton Ro
In this photo provided by The Daily Reveille, former LSU star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is placed in a police car at Baton Rouge Police Department Second District Police Station bound for East Baton Rouge Parish prison after he and former LSU teammates Jordan Jefferson, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher were found in The Venue at Northgate, an apartment complex, with 18 grams of marijuana in Baton Rouge, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 (AP Photo/The Daily Reveille, Catherine Threlkeld)

TGIF everyone here's my Top 5 for October 26, 2012 from Len Berman at

1. Quick Hits

  • The Giants win game 2 of the World Series 2-0. Madison Bumgarner and two relievers combine to pitch a two-hitter. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Detroit.
  • The 7.6 TV rating for game 1 was the lowest ever for a World Series opener.
  • David Stern will step down as NBA Commissioner after 30 years in 2014. He'll be replaced by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver.
  • Thursday night football: Tampa Bay won in Minnesota 36-17.
  • Linebacker "Honey Badger," 2011 Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu, was arrested on a marijuana charge along with three former LSU teammates. Mathieu was kicked off the team in August for failing drug tests.
  • Hurdler Lolo Jones has made the U.S. Olympic bobsled team. She tried the sport for the first time three weeks ago.
  • Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward has passed away at the age of 68. He's most closely identified with training Thomas "Hitman" Hearns.

2. Tebowing

Sports Illustrated polled football players and asked "Who is the most overrated player?" And the hands down winner was Tim Tebow. When he makes his "acceptance speech" he has to give all of the credit to his coaches. They're the ones who seem to have no clue on how to employ him.

3. Picture Perfect

I recently saw a picture taken during game 2 of the 1961 World Series at Yankee Stadium. I said, "I was there." But I couldn't prove it. Well, these days you can. Check this out from Game 1 in San Francisco. Were you there? You can find yourself with a nice tight close-up. Ain't technology grand?

4. Friday eMailbag

When I questioned if the Justice Department was even trying when they dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong, J.C. wrote, "The Justice Department has to be able to convince a jury he broke the law which they didn't believe they could. The USADA just has to convince itself he broke the rules."

In response to U-Conn women's coach Geno Auriemma suggesting that the rim be lowered for women by around 7 inches to add some offense, L.K. writes, "Why don't they raise the men's rim six inches to a foot? It is much too easy to dunk."

And when I wrote about a guy wearing flip flops for a full marathon and another planning the juggle the entire way, G.R. was the first of several Top 5 subscribers to write, "Flip-floppers and jugglers. A marathon? Sounds more like contestants in a typical political race."

5. Spanning the World

This week's Spanning the World highlight comes from a high school football game in Florida. The old "bounce-pass bomb" for a touchdown. And it's all perfectly legal.

Spanning the World airs monthly on NBC's Today Show. Next up: Thursday, November 29 in the 8:30 a.m. half hour.

Happy Birthday: Figure skater Sasha Cohen. 28.

Bonus Birthday: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 65.

Today in Sports: The Chicago White Sox win their first World Series in 88 years. 2005.

Bonus Event: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral involving among others Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. 1881.

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