5 things to talk about with your buddies on the course this weekend
From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:
1. Ryder Cup: Could the U.S. have played better? Yes. Could Tom Watson have captained better? Yes. Is Europe awesome? Yes. Does Rory McIlroy like to party? Yes. Did Phil Mickelson take awkward press conferences to a whole other level? YES. As predictable as this Ryder Cup was, it has left players, media and fans with a lot to talk about.
2. Billy Beane: With the Yankees out of the playoffs and baseball games seemingly lasting longer than the average work day, I'm not that into MLB's postseason. However, I always find myself rooting for Billy Beane's Oakland A's since reading "Moneyball" in college. Wow, is he a brilliant GM (fivethirtyeight.com says he's basically twice as good as anyone else). And WOW, is he jinxed. Beane's boys blew a three-run lead late in their one-game playoff against the Kansas City Royals meaning he's still without a World Series ring despite his incredible regular season success. Perhaps, the baseball gods didn't take that kindly to all that talk about the postseason being a crapshoot. . .
3. New baseball rules: Speaking of baseball games being slow, MLB will try out six rules in the upcoming Arizona Fall League with the hopes of speeding up play. The first two involving the batter and the pitcher are key. Give the pitcher a maximum of 20 seconds to throw and don't let the hitters take a stroll around the ballpark in between pitches. Good decision, MLB, but what took so long?
4. "True Detective": HBO recently announced that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn would be the two stars of this show's second season. Good luck. The duo will be replacing Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, who were like a successful version of a Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing at the Ryder Cup. Vaughn is a wildcard, but I'm expecting big things from Farrell. Have you seen "In Bruges"? Do it.
Jeter's latest girlfriend is SI swimsuit model Hannah Davis.
5. Derek Jeter: Look, even as a Yankees fan, the year-long sendoff was a bit much. That being said, Jeter was a great player -- both on and off the field. For two decades. For nearly 3,000 games and more than 3,000 hits. Thanks, Derek. It was a pleasure growing up watching you, although your retirement leaves me officially feeling old. Oh, and check out his new website, The Players' Tribune, set up to connect athletes with fans. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, 25, is a senior editor. Apparently, Jeter is a great boss too!