Saturday, July 30, 2011

The President's Cup - Potential Team

The President's Cup is the perfect breeding ground for Ryder Cup exploits. Captain Couples should award as many spots as possible to up and coming American golfers. The leaderboard at the Greenbrier Classic would comprise a good US team, to include.

Anthony Kim
Webb Simpson
Gary Woodland

Stalwarts include:
Phil Mickelson
Steve Stricker
Matt Kuchar
Nick Watney
Dustin Johnson
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan

With Jim Furyk and David Toms on the edges of qualification, I'd consider choosing younger golfers to complete the team. The remaining two? Rickie Fowler and last week's winner, Sean O'Hair. Do TIger the favor of not offering him a cross-world obligation.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ten Things I Love - 2011 Open - Thursday

10. Shot tracker displaying all tee shots for the day.
9. The yellow hand-controlled scoreboards.
8. Tom Lewis still hasn't woken up, and refuses to pinch himself.
7. The Easter-colored putter grip of Mark Calcavecchia.
6. The steamrolled birdies of Rickie Fowler and John Daly on the first hole, a combined 130 foot of putt.
5. A bogey free Thursday, coupled with four birdies and a 66 for Miguel Angel Jimenez.
4. The wristy clip of Tom Watson's downswing. The perfect swing for Open golf. Why aren't young Americans taught to mimic his swing.
3. The sing-song voice of Igor Robson on the first tee.
2. Redemption for Thomas Bjorn, if only for one day.
1. Peter Alliss

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Going, Going, Gone

For all the fantastic sporting events, there are a few I'd lose no sleep over their extinction.

1.) Tour de France - Definitely needs a hiatus/reset (five years?) or possible retirement, to get over the drug-laden cloud blanketing the participants.

2.) America's Cup - The swashbuckling days of Dennis Connor are two decades past, it has become the Larry Ellison Invitational.

3.) The Davis Cup - They could play the finals today and I couldn't tell you the winner tomorrow. Sadly, tennis professionals seem to care less about tDC than I do.

Friday, July 01, 2011


Listening to The Steve Czaban show during yesterday's commute, I was incredulous when an on-air personality (I cannot remember who) claimed to support owners 100% in all lockouts.

Absolutely ridiculous.

The rationale behind the decision was the great sum of money owners stood to lose when a season is not played, either partially, or in its entirety. He went on to claim owners take huge risks when purchasing teams, and an upside isn't always guaranteed.

Not to compare apples (NFL) and oranges (NBA), but owners brought on the NFL lockout. An owner can run an organization (Redskins) as a purely profit driven enterprise, to the detriment of the team, and still rake gobs of cash.

I have no sympathy for owners who are sitting on advance season ticket payments, collecting interest, and offering the paltry exchange of credit or future tickets if the season is cancelled. Obviously, season ticket holders bought into the scheme/plan, (I'm not deeming who is right/wrong) but owners stand to benefit and act in their best interests. Ownership can stay within a family for decades, but player careers are brief, and the possibility of not playing has a greater detrimental impact on an athlete, sacrificing part of his career, than an owner, who can weather the storm of a bad season or a poor economic climate, and, sooner or later, embrace profitability.