Beyond Golf — 20 October 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Who are these guys?

One: Something called the McGladrey Classic will be the headline event this week in the golf world. It’s in Sea Island, Ga., and you might not recognize half the field. Among those who are signed up for the event are: well, you still wouldn’t recognize them. There are two more Champions Tour events, the AT&T Championship in San Antonio beginning Friday then it’s the year-ended, Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale. The LPGA will be in China for the Blue Bay LPGA.

Two: The World Series begins Tuesday in the American League park, Kansas City. San Francisco, which has won the championship two of the past four years, is the opponent. The Royals are going for their second world title, the first since 1985. The Giants are favored.

Three: Not only are there no unbeaten teams left in the NFL, there are only four teams with just one loss, Dallas, Philly, Arizona and Denver. That number will be reduced at least by one this week as Philly plays at Arizona Sunday. Denver plays the first game of the week, at home Thursday with San Diego, and Dallas plays the final game of the week, Monday at home against Washington.

Four: We’ve been spoiled the past two college football weekends. There have been dozens of games involving ranked teams – including Saturday night’s compelling contest between No. 2 Florida and No. 5 Notre Dame, decided by the referees in the Seminoles’ favor. This Saturday, however, does not have nearly the kind of matchups that we’ve see. There are only two games involving ranked teams, No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 24 LSU and No. 20 USC at No. 19 Utah. One game that could be of interest is a rivalry game, unranked Michigan is at No. 8 Michigan State.

 

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Bob Sherwin

Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 41st year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past seven years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men's basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. He won't win the club championship any time soon with his 15 handicap and default-swing slice but he does have a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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