The Presidents Cup is not the Ryder Cup, says Ian Baker-Finch:
"I hope it doesn't become as combative as the Ryder Cup, personally."
What a pity. Try as they might to turn this into a competition that the rest of us casuals might watch, instead you have Jack Nicklaus, captain of the home team U.S., saying that the visitors shouldn't be out there signing autographs, thereby making his apple-cheeked boys "look like jerks." As The Star's Dave Perkins drily notes: "This is not something many U.S. players often need help with."
You have Baker-Finch, the assistant captain of Internazionale -- now doesn't that sound better than the Internationals -- blandly declaring that he likes it just the way it is.
Echoes of the past, where you have Tiger Woods getting in a snit because one of Inter's caddies came out wearing a Tiger Who? cap. The nerve! "I thought it wasn't real respectful," Woods was quoted in The Australian.
Fellas, it's a competition. That means fans, some of whom might ask for autographs. It means fair play -- and some gamesmanship. It means a little talk -- even if it is trashy at times.
Nobody says it has to be the Ryder Cup with its rah-rah jingoism and its blonde-haired brides lining the green. But it sure needs something other than this kind of stone-faced solemnity.
Is golf a sport? The Sports Law Blog wonders whether that, and other sporting questions -- including, shootout fans, the significance of the tie in the NHL -- could be one day answered by robots. (And to add to the discussion, what about the rouge in the CFL? What about Don Cherry's popularity?)