The 38th Ryder Cup will start at the Celtic Manor Twenty Ten Course. Yes, there will be actionpacked golf on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between the USA and European golfers. I want to give you some information on some of the golfers participating this weekend.
One statistic that stuck in my mind right away was the fact Hunter Mahan is the only USA golfer with a winning record. Mahan’s record is 2-0-3. Here are some of the other records: Phil Mickelson 10-14-6, Jim Furyk 8-13- 3, and Tiger Woods 10-13-2. The USA golfers with the most experience in years played are Phil with eight years, Furyk seven years and Tiger Woods with six. Let’s take a peek at the Europeans and a few of their players on their squad. Winning records are what catches my eye. Ian Poulter is at 5-2, Lee Westwood 14-10-5, and Luke Donald a stellar 5-1-1. Padraig Harrington has a losing record at 7- 11-3.
Ryder Cup play must bring out the best golf in the Europeans, as those records are not shabby at all. We all know Tiger Woods was a captain’s pick and the golfing world will be focused on him. Will he sit out some matches, or not? Will he elevate his game? Actually, will the rest of the USA players elevate their games? I don’t hold the answer to those questions; they do. I can’t wait for the 38th Ryder Cup to get started. USA is the underdog and will more than likely lose. I hope they don’t, but I don’t like their chances.
Big Ten action
The Big Ten season begins on Saturday. MSU will have a tough home opener with the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers and Spartans come into the contest undefeated in non-league play. Wisconsin is a funny team here in 2010. A couple of the games looked really good and a couple of games, not so good. The Badgers will try to pound it on the ground against the Spartans’ “D”. The Spartans will be looking to stop it and force Wisconsin to pass the rock. MSU will mix pass and run
and try to keep good offensive balance. The coach, Mark Dantonio, will be in the press box less than two weeks after suffering a heart attack. He should provide a large lift to the Spartans’ football team on Saturday. I like the emotion of the Spartys and look for a Sparty victory 20-17.
The Wolverines will travel into Indiana and face the Hoosiers. This is another game where both teams are undefeated heading into league play. The Hoosiers have played a very weak schedule so far. They have scored
over 40 points in all their contests. Michigan also scores numerous points, thanks to Denard
Robinson and his excellent play at quarterback. The light bulbs in this contest might burn out on the score board. Call the maintenance man, please! The points will be abundant and Michigan will prevail by a touchdown, 52-45. Yes, there will be close to 100 points in this football game.
The Lions lost their third straight football game this season in Minnesota last week. It wasn’t a blow out, but that makes 14 straight losses in Minny Ha Ha land. They will get blown out in Cheeseland come Sunday unless the Packers have a cheese meltdown. Double the cheese on the Fat Guy’s pizza; Green Bay 41 and the Cry Ons 20.
I was under .500 last week for the first time. Time to rebound this week. Roll’em Ralph Malph:
TENNESSEE – 6.5 over Denver
Baltimore + 1 over PITTSBURGH
CLEVELAND + 3.5 over Cincinnati
G. BAY – 14.5 over Detroit
N. ORLEANS – 13.5 over Carolina
S. Fran + 6.5 over ATLANTA
Seattle – 1 over ST. LOUIS
N. Y. Jets – 5 over BUFFALO
JACKSONVILLE + 7.5 over Indianapolis
Houston – 3 over OAKLAND
S. DIEGO – 8 over Arizona
Washington + 6 over PHILADELPHIA
N. Y. GIANTS – 4 over Chicago
MIAMI + 1 over New England
LAST WEEK: 7-9 SEASON: 24-20-4 LOCK: 2-1
LOCK: NEW YORK GIANTS