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Gimme five

Today's Two Cents is brought to you by the number five. Today, during this fifth month of 2009, we celebrate the No. 5 because it's the number of the newest Tampa Bay Bucs player -- first-round draft pick Josh Freeman. In college at Kansas State, Freeman wore No. 1, but with the Bucs, he has chosen No. 5. So today we look at our favorite No. 5s -- from the sports world and beyond.

Joe DiMaggio
Sports' most famous No. 5, which no Yankee has worn since 1952 -- the year the team retired DiMaggio's number.

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven)
For those with a bit of class and intelligence, this, of course, is one of the most famous pieces of music in history. For the rest of you, it's kind of like the Stairway to Heaven of classical music.

Donovan McNabb
Josh Freeman won't be the only quarterback to wear No. 5. The Eagles' McNabb does, too. Now all Freeman needs is a Chunky Soup commercial.

Jackson The Jackson Five
Pre-crazy Michael Jackson and his brothers Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and the other one made up the best "Five'' music group ever, with all due respect to the Dave Clark Five, Ben Folds Five, Five for Fighting and Maroon 5.

Niklas Lidstrom
The Islanders' Denis Potvin wore No. 5, but Lidstrom will go down as the greatest No. 5 in NHL history.

Five Easy Pieces
Enjoy Jack Nicholson in this 1970 film and have a sandwich, say a chicken salad sandwich on wheat toast, no mayonnaise, no butter, no lettuce … and hold the chicken.

Paul Hornung
The football great wore No. 5 at Notre Dame when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 and also with the Packers from 1957 to 1966 during his Hall of Fame NFL career.

Alive Five Alive
The most underrated of the breakfast drinks. It has orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and lime. And it's oh-so-economical in the frozen concentrated can.

The name of a 1951 science-fiction film about a group of survivors from an atomic bomb that wiped out the rest of the human race. It didn't star anybody you know, and it was written and directed by Arch Oboler, who was more famous for bringing gruesome horror and science fiction to radio. Some credit Five, however, with being the first film to deal with a post-apocalyptic world.

Kevin Garnett
KG wore No. 21 with the Timberwolves, but he couldn't wear it with the Celtics because it was retired for Bill Sharman. So, Garnett wears No. 5, the same number Bill Walton wore in his latter years with the Celtics.

Albert Pujols
The Cardinals slugger wears No. 5, making him arguably the best athlete at the moment wearing that number.

Interstate Interstate 5
This is a great vacation: Rent a car in Washington state and drive south on I-5 for 1,381 miles until you get to Mexico. By the time you're done, you've passed either through or near Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Johnny Bench
Perhaps the greatest catcher in the history of baseball wore No. 5 for Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine in the 1970s.

Chanel Chanel No. 5
The first fragrance from Coco Chanel, which raises the question: Why is it called Chanel No. 5 instead of Chanel No. 1? Whatever. This perfume -- or parfum, as they say in France -- has been on sale continuously since 1921.

Five hole
The best term in hockey, it means the opening between a goalie's legs. Even most hockey fans can't name exactly where one, two, three and four are, but everyone knows the five hole. By the way, 5-foot-5 goalie Darren Pang had a six hole: above his head.

Hawaii Hawaii Five-O
Go ahead and hum the theme as you remember Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, James MacArthur as Danno and, of course, Kam Fong and Chin Ho (or was it the other way around?).

A buddy of Charlie Brown and Linus. Actually, his first name was 555 and his last name was 95472 (with the emphasis on 4), but everyone called him 5. His sisters were 3 and 4. He played on Charlie Brown's baseball team, wore the No. 5 and played, of course, third base.

Pollack No. 5, 1948
One of the famous paintings by abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. I would describe the meaning behind the work, but Ie have no idea what was going through that dude's head. To us, it looks like brown leaves covered with mustard, but I'm guessing there was probably a little more to it than that.

Brooks Robinson
The Orioles' vacuum cleaner at third base and the star of the 1970 World Series had his No. 5 retired by Baltimore in 1977.

Fifth The Fifth Dimension
The time: late 1960s and early 1970s
The members: Billy Davis Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore and Ron Townson
The songs: Up, Up and Away, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, Wedding Bell Blues, (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All
The feeling: magically dreamy!

Take Five
The masterpiece of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and, perhaps, the coolest pieces of jazz ever. Want to hear something even more cool? The song's composer, Brubeck saxophonist Paul Desmond, left upon his death in 1977 all royalties of the song to the American Red Cross. It works out to about $100,000 a year. Told you it was cool.

Brett George Brett
The Royals' Hall of Fame third baseman wore No. 5, and you can't think of Brett without thinking of the so-funny-milk-comes-out-your-nose moment when he charged the field in the Pine Tar Game. Eventually, a Yankees appeal was overturned, and Brett’s winning homer counted. The final score: Well, the Yankees finished with four. And the Royals? Five.

The high five
When did this replace the good old-fashioned handshake? On a sports field: cool. In the stands of a sports arena: acceptable. Everywhere else except a bar: un-cool. In a bar: totally lame.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:42pm]


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