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Who said there wasn’t any bad blood at the Presidents Cup!

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Comparing the pressure and fanfare at the Presidents Cup to that of the Ryder Cup would be like someone comparing the Super Bowl to the CFL’s Grey Cup. It’s just not fair to even put the two championship’s in the same category.

The Presidents Cup was once again a pretty chummy affair, as players from the International and American team turned the four day event into an exhibition match of sorts, replete with laughs and players who looked far from nervous representing their country.

Let’s be honest here: the competitive juices just don’t seem to flow at this event. Maybe it’s the fact that we see all of these players over the course of a season, forcing us to all of a sudden cheer against a guy like Mike Weir because he’s Canadian and plays on the International team.

I can tell you it’s a lot easier to root against the European team given the bad blood between the two sides over the years. While the event at Harding Park may have ended with a whimper (Tiger Wood saved the event from obscurity), we at least got some great quotes from a certain Aussie golfer that should make the next go-around an interesting affair. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Jonathan Wall

10/12/2009 at 6:49 pm

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Harding Park tells Michael Jordan to stick his cigar where the sun don’t shine

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Well this could get interesting. Just days before the United States and the International team face-off at Harding Park, the general manager of the city’s parks and recreations department is trying to throwing his own wrench in the whole process by throwing one of the best players in the sport off his game.

And, no, we aren’t talking about Tiger Woods.

Michael Jordan’s smoke rings are getting the attention of Harding Park, a course that had a city imposed smoking ban put in place back in 2007. While there are some people who are taking the high road and letting Jordan off the hook — the city attorney’s spokesman said he wouldn’t tell Jordan to stop smoking — and then there are those who won’t let the issue die.

“I’ve already sent an e-mail to the PGA Tour director,” Recreation and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg told the newspaper. “It was a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegal and that we would appreciate their support.”

And what’s the fine that comes along with a smoking violation at Harding Park? Try a $100 slap on the wrist. I think Jordan has a couple of those bills collecting lint in the lining of his golf slacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

10/07/2009 at 6:16 pm