A boring $10 million day and a TV theme question
You want to talk about sports events that have fallen off the radar?
How about the FedEx Cup?
It ended yesterday, the Haas kid won the last tournament – at least until the next tournament -- to win $10 million and, I swear, not too many people care.
It could be that we’re inured to the obscene amounts of money these golfers play for – isn’t $10 million a tad ghastly yet we don’t even seem all that impressed as a whole? – but it’s got to be more, right?
Of all the convoluted things out there, the PGA Tour’s “playoffs” might be the most ridiculous to follow and something that seems crammed down our throats by Tour officials and their complicit television “partners” to the point where it simply turns a lot of people off.
As I understand it, Haas had to win because if he’d finished second then some guy who was about tied for 20th in the final event the last time the guys I were with checked the leaderboard would have won the $10 million prize.
No, neither do I, really.
I kind of long for the day when the golf season just sort of petered out in the late summer and early fall, they played the four majors, a couple of other significant events like the Players and the Memorial and then finished it up with one, 30-man Tour Championship that was easy to follow.
I don’t need four weeks of “playoffs” and I don’t need an entire summer of being hammered over the head with confusing FedEx Cup standings and I certainly don’t need to think of some guy finishing 20th and then celebrating ‘cause he’s won $10 million.
Maybe I’m just old, or maybe it’s the math component that I can’t quite figure out, but this whole month of tournaments and cuts and scoring by points rather that strokes leaves me entirely disinterested.
And don’t even get me started on The Chase or whatever it is the pistonheads follow in the car racing world.
So we’re sitting around Sunday evening reliving the various bogeys (me) and birdies (the good golfers) after bringing Bridgewater to its knees and one of the TVs is showing the Steelers game.
Close up on the sidelines – and isn’t that riveting TV all the time? – and I can’t help but notice that the guy from House coaches Pittsburgh.
Sure, you can see what I wrote about the women’s national team down in Colombia simply by clicking here but if you want more interesting stuff that I didn’t think to ask about Kim Smith’s got in her blog that you can see here.
I guess now I need to ask Allison each day whether any player was defecated on by an animal to make sure I’ve got all the bases covered for the story.
Anyway, the women are pretty much where they figured to be – 1-1 after whacking Mexico and losing to Brazil – and right on track to make it to the semifinals and early at least a berth in a final qualification event next summer.
The interesting to watch is what’s going on in the other pool that comprises Cuba, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Argentina.
The smart money would say Cuba rolls to first place and that will set up a semifinal against Canada for the right to likely face Brazil for the lone guaranteed spot at the 2012 Olympics on the line.
Canada-Cuba always seem to have dramatic, close games with a lot at stake.
I remember one back at McMaster, had to be the qualification tournament for the 2000 Sydney Games maybe, and it was one of the coolest moments in women’s basketball that I can remember.
The gym was packed with loud, screaming fans, Canada got way down, I think, and stormed back to win.
Showed me that, yes, there is an audience for the women’s game and I’m pretty sure if I took a poll of the younger players on this team from the southern Ontario area, some of them might have even been at that one.
And since Canada’s women’s program has been more successful than the men’s in the last decade – twice they’ve to the worlds – and historically – Canada was ranked in the top five in the world in the mid- to late-80s – it’s something we should probably pay more attention to.
This is an historic day, indeed.
Two TV show debuts happened on this date way back in the day and they’ve spawned one of the hot debates of this, or any, time.
Is this a better theme song?
Or is this?
And, tell me the truth, almost every one of you of a certain age know every word of each of them and are now singing, right?
I’m kind of torn but will take Gilligan over Jethro all the time.
Now, the Ellie Mae/Ginger/Maryanne conundrum exists, of course.
Okay, how crazy was that finish to the Bills-Pats game on Sunday?
Bills have the ball on the one with about 75 seconds left, they don’t want to score to quickly because they’re afraid of Tom Brady, as well they should have been, although he probably would have thrown a pick, the way his day was going.
Anyway, it turns into a comedy of errors and intentional failures as Ryan Fitzpatrick takes a knee while the New England defensive line lies to down let him score. There are timeouts and intentional penalties to stop the clock, Fitzpatrick ends up losing about eight yards on the “drive” and then the kicker comes out to win the game with a chip-shot field goal.
Now, I was in an establishment in Niagara Falls full of rather fervent Bills fans who feared – even if they didn’t say it out loud – that the kick would either be blocked or missed. And if had been, it would have been the greatest finish to a Bills-Pats game ever.
But you want to talk about rewarding failure? Lindell makes it, everyone’s happy where I was and they’re starting to think of playoff matchups already.