This week’s slate of college football appears to be weak. Real weak.
But, this allows for a few things to creep into the sports weekend:
Ryder Cup 2006 where the USA has lost 7 of the last 10, hasn’t won since Ben Crenshaw told us he’s a big believer in fate, and he had a good feeling about this:
What is the Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. The Ryder Cup was born in 1926, with the US competing against Great Britain on the East Course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, Great Britain. After more than 45 years of US dominance (Britain won only once between 1935 and 1973) it was extended to Britain and Ireland in 1973 and then Europe in 1979, which made the Cup considerably more competitive. Currently, the Ryder Cup Matches are jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour.
And, for those of us who are blood-thirsty cavemen, UFC 63 is another chance to watch Matt Hughes destroy a human…
UFC 63 Promo – 10:00
Sherrington on Horned Frog …
Outside the team in Austin, who's better this year in Texas?
Besides Tech, the Frogs have already beaten Baylor.
Texas A&M? The Aggies have their hands full with the schedule they've got, and you can hardly blame Dennis Franchione for avoiding any TCU reunions.
Houston? Another 3-0 team; another Aggie-type schedule. Until the Cougars get to Miami, anyway.
SMU? Still not sure how the Mustangs pulled off that 21-10 win last year.
Even with that slip-up, TCU has the nation's longest winning streak at 13.
But here's the problem, Gary: People don't always know what it means.
Sure, you're kicking Mountain West butt. But beating a team from the old SWC tops a victory over anyone in a league that fans still don't know well.
SWC alums are more likely to be your neighbors. Beating teams from a league in your back yard is easier to quantify.
Not that TCU can do anything about history. Unless it's to avenge a world-class snub by the Big 12 at every opportunity.
Check. Patterson has a four-game winning streak over Big 12 teams. Coming into this season, he'd beaten Iowa State in a bowl and Oklahoma in the game that cost Paul Thompson his job, if only temporarily.
And Saturday's game avenged the 70-35 loss in Lubbock two years ago.
But Patterson couldn't wait for Sunday's headlines to make his point, and maybe you couldn't blame him.
Mavs must get Josh Howard done …
The Mavericks continue to talk about a contract extension for Josh Howard, owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday, and the parties will have a good chance to take negotiations further this weekend.
Howard, Cuban, coach Avery Johnson and president Donnie Nelson will represent the Mavericks in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the dedication of a new basketball court in Howard's hometown Saturday. The outdoor court is at the recreation center where Howard grew up playing.
The court will be emblazoned with Howard's signature and the initials of his mother and grandmother, for whom the court is dedicated.
Howard has one year left on his rookie contract. The Mavericks have the option of extending it. If they cannot agree on an extension, Howard would become a restricted free agent July 1.
Niinimaa assures us he only sucked because his ankle hurt last year …
Janne Niinimaa knows his standing with the Stars is shaky. But he also knows he's standing on two strong ankles for once.
The veteran defenseman is one of eight blueliners on the Stars' roster with an NHL contract. That's one more than most teams will carry during the regular season. Niinimaa is well aware one defenseman could be traded before the season begins Oct. 4.
"I think we're all aware of the situation," said Niinimaa, 31, "but we all also know that there's not much that we can do about it other than play our best."
Niinimaa said he believes he can play his best this year, as his surgically repaired right ankle is finally starting to feel better. The ankle bothered him much of last season. It was clear after a Jan. 10 trade from the New York Islanders that he wasn't the same player who tallied 46 and 44 points in consecutive seasons with Edmonton in the early 2000s.
"This is a game that's played with agility, and a big part of his game is agility," Stars coach Dave Tippett said. "I think we'll get a true read on him now."
Niinimaa became a whipping boy among Stars fans not only for his play (only six points and a minus-5 rating in 22 games) but for his apparent bad luck around the team. After acquiring Niinimaa, the Stars were 10-11-1 with him in the lineup and 13-1-2 when he was hurt or a healthy scratch. Niinimaa started the playoffs as a healthy scratch and played the final four games.
2 things about this story: as the Rangers 2007 schedule is considered by Evan Grant …
1) – Evan claims some advantageous things about the 2007 schedule suggests he must be reminded how tough the Devil Rays and Royals have been on our heroes.
2) – For the first time since I have lived here (9 seasons), The Brew Crew is coming!
The interleague schedule will not include a game against a team that currently has a winning record. The Rangers visit “natural rival” Houston May 18-20 and will host the Astros June 22-24.
The Rangers’ other interleague games will be at Pittsburgh (June 12-14) and Cincinnati (June 15-17) and at home against Milwaukee (June 8-10) and the Chicago Cubs (June 19-21). It will be the Cubs’ first regular-season visit to Ameriquest Field.
The return of Doug Melvin, Doug Davis, and Kevin Mench!
Sorry, Sooner: The Replay official will sit out the rest of the season, but he will be allowed to live …
The instant replay official whose failure to overturn a bad call helped Oregon beat Oklahoma has been granted a leave of absence for the remainder of the football season by the Pac-10 Conference.
The league announced Wednesday that official Gordon Riese, who already has been suspended for a game by the Pac-10, requested a leave of absence.
The All New NBA Game Ball …
The great Gregg Easterbrook TMQB …
This Fulfills My Obligation to Say Something About the San Francisco-St. Louis Game: First-overall draft pick Alex Smith has now thrown twice as many touchdown passes in 2006 (two) as he did in 2005 (one).
Easterbrook mailbag …
Liverpool 2, Newcastle 0 as we finally show a little something. And a goal that will be long remembered is scored…
Liverpool's season was ignited by the Spaniard's moment of genius and a game which might otherwise have been notable only for its snarl at the death had a flash of inspiration by which to be better remembered. The last time Alonso scored for the Merseysiders was at Kenilworth Road back in January, the visitors' fifth goal in an amazing FA Cup third-round tie speared from inside his own half with the Luton goalkeeper Marlon Beresford upfield seeking reward at a corner. The Basque does not score often but when he does it takes the breath away.
This was a glorious effort, even if it owed much to Harper's stumble and slip as he turned, eyes fixed on Alonso's attempt from the edge of the centre-circle. Had he stayed on his feet he would have caught the shot with disdain. Instead the prone goalkeeper ended up pawing desperately in the direction of the ball as it dipped cruelly into the bottom corner. "Steve was distraught but nobody at Newcastle is blaming him," said the United manager Glenn Roeder. "If he doesn't slip it's a great long pass into his hands, but it's still a hell of a bit of skill [from Alonso]."
From then on in the Liverpool midfielder's every touch prompted a chorus of "shoot" from those delirious on the Kop, their team's season picking up new-found momentum born of their midfielder's opportunism. Harper departed with head bowed and, no doubt, cheeks burning.
Check out the goal of the year from Xabi Alonso last night …
Jeremy Piven – “Detroit Sucks” - :31
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