I won’t be able to get up in the middle of the night this weekend to watch golf (have a darn head cold that has got in the way), but will get up as early as I possible can the next three mornings.
The Ryder Cup is this weekend from Newport, Wales. The best golfers from Europe play the best golfers from the United States in a fourball and foursome competition Friday and Saturday, then on Sunday, there are exciting head-to-head singles matches for spectators to enjoy.
But, amazingly, NBC’s coverage on Saturday will be on tape delay.
Here are the events I’ll be watching this weekend.
Ryder Cup–TSN–Friday at 1:30am & Sunday at 5am–Foursome and fourball take place Friday. The four ball matches are the following:
Tiger Woods & Steve Stricker vs. Ross Fisher & Ian Poulter
Phil Mickelson & Dustin Johnson vs. Lee Westwood & Martin Kaymer
Matt Kuchar & Stewart Cink vs. Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell
Bubba Watson & Jeff Overton vs. Luke Donald & Padraig Harrington
The most notable absence is Jim Furyk, who just won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup last week. Overton over Furyk? Excuse me? What is Corey Pavin thinking?
Friday–7pm–CFL–Montreal Alouettes @ Calgary Stampeders–TSN–In a battle of two first place teams, the Stamps host the Als at McMahon Stadium in a 2008 Grey Cup rematch. The problem is, only the Alouettes are entering the game like they’re playing like a first place team. Calgary has struggled mightily the last two weeks and will try and change momentum Friday.
Friday–8pm–MLB–San Diego Padres @ San Francisco Giants–Sportsnet–The Giants can clinch a spot in the postseason with a win, while the Padres are close to a do-or-die situation. They are currently three games back of San Francisco in the National League West and two games back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League wildcard. Even though the game is in San Francisco, expect a low scoring affair. Both teams are known for their pitching. The Padres will start Clayton Richard (13-9, 3.71 ERA) while the Giants will start Barry Zito (9-13, 4.08 ERA).
Sunday–11am–NFL–Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams–FOX–I’m anxious to see the Seahawks for the first time in 2010. Nobody expected them to be 2-1 out of the gate, and they have beaten two quality teams in San Diego and San Francisco in a variety of ways. Matt Hasselbeck has been steady, but not stupendous, and their defense has got the job done to date when required. It will make things easier on Seattle if Steven Jackson is unable to play for the Rams (1-2) because of a groin injury.
Sunday–2:30pm–CFL–Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Edmonton Eskimos–TSN–The Eskimos will need to generate their momentum Sunday at Commonwealth if they have any intention in making the playoffs. Luckily, the Blue Bombers play the Lions the next two weeks. You could look at it both ways. If they split, it’s good for the Eskimos. If one team wins both, it’s only really good if the Eskimos win both their meetings against Hamilton. The Eskimos defense was excellent against the Argos, and will need to step it up to a higher level against the Tiger-Cats who are more potent offensively.
Sunday–6pm–NFL–Chicago Bears @ New York Giants–NBC–The Bears (3-0) play the Giants (1-2) at the Meadowlands in this important NFC Battle. Expect the Giants to be throwing the ball a lot Sunday night as the Bears’ defensive line is significantly better than their secondary. Eli should be busy. As for the Bears, they are a throwing team now with Mike Martz as their offensive co-ordinator, so don’t expect a busy night for running back Matt Forte.
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