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So here’s my final thoughts on the 2010 Ryder Cup. All through the summer I thought that Europe was by far the more powerful team and would be the favorites by a large margin. And then the Peter Hansons of the world got added to the team. I think that in the end the US team is much, much more well-balanced than Europe is, and will eek out a close victory, with help from some of the US rookies. I think on the contrary some of Europe’s rookies, like Hanson and the Molinari brothers, may struggle.

My prediction: US retains the Cup, 15 1/2 to 12 1/2.

TV Times:
Friday, ESPN, LIVE 2:30-1pm ET
Saturday, NBC, TAPE 8am-6pm ET
Sunday, NBC, LIVE 7am-1pm ET

The Ryder Cup website also claims to have live video starting tomorrow, beginning at 2:45am ET.

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For some reason I don’t have announcer information or a press-release from SIRIUS-XM on the Ryder Cup but according to the official USA Ryder Cup web site, SIRIUS-XM’s coverage of the Ryder Cup is as follows:

Friday & Saturday: 2:30AM-2pm ET
Sunday: 6am-1pm ET

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Darrelle Revis, the Jets star CB is OUT this week against Buffalo. The hamstring just will not heal fast enough for that to happen.

Calvin Pace may also not play, and Kyle Wilson may be replaced by Drew Coleman in the starting lineup (which would be a good move.)

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The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) is very complicated to explain to people, but here’s a synopsis. It’s based over a two year system, and the current year outweighs the previous year. So to give a broad example, if you finished 21st in all your tournaments last year, and 1st in all your tournaments last year, clearly you are going to move up. Obviously if you did the reverse, you will move down.

Golf isn’t that simple, however, and the reason why Tiger Woods has been able to stay at world’s #1 for so long in 2010 is a combination of how good his 2009 was and how poor Phil Mickelson has played since Augusta.

He’s played so bad since Augusta that now Lee Westwood has a chance to overtake both Tiger and Phil and become world #1. It’s complicated, but the full details are in this article, so if you’re interested, take a look.

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You may remember the story from earlier this year about Doug Barron, who was the first PGA Tour player to get a year’s suspension for violating the tour’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Well he has gotten a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption), will resume playing this month on mini-tours, and will go to PGA Tour Qualifying School this fall to regain his PGA Tour card.

It’s a good ending to a horrible story (and decision), and you can read about it here.

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As I referenced earlier this week, NBC runs their Saturday Ryder Cup coverage on tape. Let’s live with it and go over all the particulars.

Saturday Day 2 Coverage: 8am-6pm ET, NBC, Same-day Tape

Sunday Day 3 Coverage (aka Sunday Singles): 7am-1pm ET, NBC, LIVE

Your announcers are: Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller, Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Dottie Pepper, Jimmy Roberts, Tim Rosaforte

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While he hasn’t gotten off to a great start this year, the Jets signed free agent DL Trevor Pryce today. He has the potential to be a good pass rusher and will make up for some of the depth issues the Jets have on the defensive line.

Good job, Rex Ryan.

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