On the eve of the hype fest called the 37th Ryder Cup Average Golfer is only asking for three things to happen. Three lousy little cotton pickin' things. Is that too much to ask? Well, Judge for yourself....
That the Sunday singles matches be worth something.
Although I have a rooting interest in the good ole' US of A, I still want to see the better team win. I just don't want to see it won on Saturday. I want the leading team to have no more than a two point advantage going into the last day. I want the early finishers from both teams to join the gallery and cheer for their compadres down the stretch. I want each succeeding putt to mean more than the last. I want "whomever" from our squad to whip Sergio's butt on the final hole for a return to glory. If Sergio makes the winning putt, I'll doff my cap to him.
That ESPN will remove the extraneous, annoying crap from my TV screen.
Every lick of golf I've watched on ESPN this year has been torture. They've insisted on cramming the screen with useless info and and a running sports ticker at the bottom of the screen. You have to look hard to find the golfer in that mess. It makes me feel like I have ADD X 3. If I want to check college football scores I'll figure it out with the remote during commercials. Please, please, since you have so much coverage of the Ryder Cup this year, just put golf on my screen. Is that too much to ask?
I want Boo Weekly to be "Man of the Match".
Of course that implies a US win, which would be a great outcome IMHO. Boo being the star would go a long way toward removing the real or perceived "elitist" tag from golf. Imagine the future crop of American golf stars getting the nudge to greatness from emulating Boo at the Ryder Cup. His appeal would increase the base of little golfers all around the country. Boo on Ryder Cup history........ "I think Justin Leonard made a putt or something. That's about the only thing I remember of the Ryder Cup stuff." That's the kind of "out of the box", or "without a box" thinking that'll bring the cup back stateside. I don't think any of Europe's recent drubbings of our team will affect Boo.
Morning pairings for Friday, Sept. 19.
8:05 a.m. ET:
Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim (USA) vs. Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson (European)
8:20 a.m. ET:
Justin Leonard and Hunter Mahan (USA) vs. Henrik Stenson and Paul Casey (European)
8:35 a.m. ET:
Stewart Cink and Chad Campbell (USA) vs. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter (European)
8:50 a.m. ET:
Kenny Perry and Jim Furyk (USA) vs. Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia (European)
TV air times for Ryder Cup Weekend.
Friday 9/19, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, ESPN
Saturday 9/20, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, ESPN
Sunday 9/21, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, NBC
All times EST.
May the games begin.