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Sunday, September 28

Bad Sports Weekend

A bad sports weekend for me. On Thursday I watched the ASU Sun Devils against the UCLA Bruins. The Sun Devils playing at home, in front of a full house of 70,000 supporters, in front of a national audience to show that they really deserved their 15th national ranking. The Sun Devils looked more like Moon Imps. The 11th ranked Bruins brought about three gallons of shellac to the game and gave the Imps a rub-a-dub-drubbing 62-27. So ASU will plummet in the rankings and UCLA will soar.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are, thankfully, going to end the season with the worst record in all of major league baseball. So, they decided to clean house by firing general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson. “Just Wait’ll next year,” as all losers invariably whine.

And then there was the painful whipping the Europeans put on the Americans in the 40th Ryder Cup in Scotland. It was 16½ to 11½ at the end of the day on Sunday. But after Saturday’s 10-6 lead going into the singles matches, the outcome was never in doubt. Rory McElroy looked like the best player in the world by annihilating Ricky Foster. The biggest disappointment of these games was Bubba Watson, who never showed us the dominant player he’s supposed to be. The two bright spots for the Americans were the youngsters Jordan Speith and Patrick Reed. The Ryder Cup pressure must be enormous. It’s all about who can make the pressure putts, and the Europeans did that better than the Americans. When the collar gets really tight, a player will leave putts short or will open the blade and shove putts to the right. Pressure. These guys play all year long as individuals with only themselves to blame if they lose, all year long for money and majors, and then along comes the Ryder Cup and suddenly they’re playing for national pride while hoping not to disappoint their teammates. Pressure. Especially if they’ve been losing on a regular basis—losing nine of the last eleven Ryder Cup matches. Pressure, pressure, pressure.

My only good sports news for the weekend is that the Arizona Cardinals had a bye week. So they may not have won, but they didn’t lose either.

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