One: The Ryder Cup is done for another two years. The PGA season is over. The Champions are going through the motions as they head to the Charles Schwab Cup finale next month. We’re down to one professional tournament in the world. And you can’t get there easily. It’s the Reignwood LPGA Classic beginning Thursday in Nankou, Beijing, China. You’ll need to get up early find that one on the dial. And, by the way, the PGA (wraparound) season begins again in two weeks with the Frys.com Open. So, it begins again, one perpetual season, longer than even NBA, Major League Soccer and NASCAR.
Two: Baseball takes center stage this week, this month, although we’ve come to understand that the NFL and all the fantasy players do not step far from the spotlight. The wild card games – just one game dramas – are Tuesday and Wednesday. That will be followed by the division championship series. What we know is that Kansas City, in the playoffs for the first time since 1985, will host the one-game wild card game with Oakland, losers of 20 of its last 30 games, on Tuesday. In the National League, San Francisco plays in the wild card one-game-and-out Wednesday at Pittsburgh. Count on at least one game every day this week beginning Tuesday.
Three: Thursday provides an interesting NFL matchup, Minnesota at Green Bay. The Vikings knocked off Atlanta Sunday but in the process lost QB Teddy Bridgewater to an ankle injury. The Packers finally looked like a contender Sunday with QB Aaron Rodgers leading them to a 38-17 rout of Chicago. There are two fairly decent matchups Sunday. One of the (two) unbeatens, Arizona, will play at Denver, and the other unbeaten, Cincinnati, also is on the road Sunday night at New England. Seattle gets national attention Monday when the Hawks host Washington.
Four: Thursday is a popular night for games as the college game has a headline game, Arizona, winners of a Hail Mary victory last Saturday, goes to No. 2 Oregon. On Saturday, we’re finally getting into some great games against ranked teams as it appears they’ve run out of cupcakes to flatten. Among the top matchups are, No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 14 Stanford plays at No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State, No. 4 Oklahoma travels to No. 25 TCU, and No. 19 Nebraska at No. 10 Michigan State.