Beyond Golf — 28 September 2014 by Bob Sherwin
Foursome Forecast: Down to one

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.

 

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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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