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And then I remembered, I have a blog

I’d like to tell you a story about being disillusioned with sports, traveling the world and then realizing that nothing is better at bringing people together than sports, and probably beer.  But none of that happened.  Instead, I got a job, didn’t watch as much sports for a while and became complacent with what the blogs and media I read were saying.  No more.

That’s right, I’m back.  I visited Fanhouse today after a long period away.  I have been visiting Deadspin off and on.  And I must tell the truth. They ain’t what they used to be.  My answer to this is just talking aloud into the blogosphere so there will be something I want to read without having to look at boob shots which are now more normal on Deadspin since Will left.

Some updates while I was gone:

-Tom Brady and Gisele got married.  Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo have yet to break up.  They might get married; I got this one all wrong.

-My ‘Canes are doing pretty well, if you believe standings and the miracle that is Erik Cole returning to his homeland.

-March Madness. Let’s be honest, this is the real reason why I came back, and I wonder why I waited so long. (For those of you keeping score at home, there are only three games left in the tournament).

-Turns out that Tiger Woods still has game.  Evidenced not just by his run yesterday at Bay Hill, but also the birth of his second child.

-Kentucky basketball as the drama queen. Typical. Although I disagree with Mariotti, b/c wouldn’t it be much worse to have no standards than high standards?

More on these topics as I get back into the swing of things.  I can’t make any promises I won’t leave again.

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We’ll Call It…80s Day at the Ryder Cup

This was not the shabby Ryder Cup I thought it might be. By all accounts, it was a success, at least from the American perspective.  Louisville was an awesome host city (so I hear), the course looked beautiful and played tough, and Team USA prevailed (finally!). And Europe, well, I guess all good things must come to an end at some point….

As for my uniform critique, I think they decided to call Thursday 80s day, because of the giant graphic design trend on both teams.  A giant argyle pattern for the Americans and a funky cut off horizontal stripe graphic for the Europeans.  And by the way, that blue color (or pretty darn close) might be my favorite of all time.  It just looked totally 80s, which is not a bad thing. Compare:

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On the Kentucky boys: Let’s be honest, they showed up and played their part. With the home team backing Kenny Perry and JB Holmes, I feel as if they could do no wrong.  Well played.

On hospitality: I think the President (?) of Celtic Manor, in Wales, where the next Ryder Cup will be held, said it best about our Southern hospitality.  Something about, he doesn’t know if the Welsh will be able to outdo the Kentucky hospitality because we have a penchant for never saying no. As in, saying no, but in a way that makes it sound like a “yes” and always with a smile on our faces.  I think that about sums up Southern hospitality, for better or worse.

On my (and America’s) new favorites: clearly, the big hit of the tournament was Boo Weekley.  Boooo was heard all weekend long, to the point that I had to explain to my non-golf friends that they weren’t booing him, that was his name.  There was that little snafu with Lee Westwood (who should’ve gone to Boo in the first place instead of to the press, but whatever), but in the end, he reigned it in and won over the crowd big time.  My personal new favorite is Anthony Kim.  Just look at that belt buckle. I think both Kim and Weekley signal a new generation of golfers who are kind of what Tiger was in the 90s when he first started winning on the PGA: exciting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still exciting golf that Tiger plays.  But he just doesn’t have the old fist pump-excited-quick Tiger walk like he used to. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with getting old.

On winning: well, at some point it had to happen. I’m glad it was in Kentucky, on home soil. I wonder if this makes Tiger have doubts about his ability to bolster a team? Cause let’s be honest, Ryder Cup Team + Zinger – Tiger = WIN BABY!

Let the Past Be the Past

…as in, let’s for get the past three (four?) months that I haven’t written anything. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what I was doing during this time; it wasn’t anything important.

Moving along, the Ryder Cup is this week. I was going to write for the Olympics because I love them, despite all the controversy, the “degradation of sport” involved and general tendencies toward mass consumption and corporate overdrive.  But I didn’t.  Again, I don’t know why.  Anyway, the Ryder Cup is a point of pride for myself, as Valhalla Golf Club outside of Louisville, Ky is hosting this year.  It’s kind of a big deal. And I’m from Kentucky.  Trust me, we have been seeing Ryder Cup all over the place for a couple of years now. I love it.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get tickets (truth be told, I didn’t try hard enough because of the fact that I’m now located in NC), so I’ll be watching from afar. My roommate is thrilled about this…and will thus be out of the house for the entire weekend.

So what are our chances?  Wellll, let’s just say I’m hoping history doesn’t mark this as one of the worst Ryder Cups ever. Not just because el Tigre won’t be there, but also because strong winds from Hurricane Ike damaged a lot of the structures (tables & chairs, television towers, etc) that had been set up for the Cup.  They’ll get it cleaned up, no worries, but where does that leave the US without el Tigre??

We are definitely the underdog. But I think this might all be in our heads.  Just because we don’t have the best golfer in the world on our team, doesn’t mean that we are lacking in great players who are also experienced with this sort of thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I know el Tigre has an excellent match play record; but as I’ve noted before, I don’t think he plays as well with others as he does by himself.  In other words, in the foursomes and fourball play, he isn’t at the top.  Where does this leave us?

Wellll, we have Paul Azinger for a captain, who can probably shake thinkgs up for the Americans, if only by way of his fantastic five o’clock shadow.  Kenny Perry, I have to mention next, because he took a lot of slack for not participating in the British Open this summer to try to keep his points intact. I don’t blame him.  I’m from Kentucky, and if I had a chance to play in the Ryder Cup while it’s is in my home state, I would cut my losses and play where I know I can excel or win.  That being said, he’s a solid player and he brings a lot to the table. He’s old enough not to let the “home team” pressure get to him. Now that I mentioned one Kentuckian, I must mention the other, J.B. Holmes.  J.B. played for the University of Kentucky, and I can only assume he’s been to Valhalla a couple of times (incidentally, I used to play the golf course the UK team plays on, back in my former life as a D3 player). I think J.B. is an extremely talented player who is on his way up in the PGA. I don’t, however, know how he’ll do in the Ryder Cup, especially against some of the old European crusts.  I think the fact that he’s only a few years removed from playing with a team in college (albeit in a different format) will give him some sort of advantage though.

How about non-Kentuckians?  Solid players include Justin Leonard, Stewart Cink, Jim Furyk, Chad Campbell and (somewhat reluctantly), Lefty.  I only worry about Lefty because he seems to be downtrodden as of late.  Anthony Kim, Ben Curtis, Boo Weekley, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker round out the debut players. Hopefully, this combination of old and new will breathe some life into the US team, and we can pull it back on American soil. Anyway, it can’t get worse than 2004, and 2006 (knock on wood).

I’ll be reporting more this week, probably more on uniforms than anything substantial.