Encompass Championship or not, former Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann is thinking football, especially on Saturday. And the on-going quarterback battle at his alma mater has him more than intrigued.
Everett Golson, who helped lead the Irish to the BCS title game two seasons ago, is looking to reclaim his job after missing the 2013 season for academic reasons. Redshirt freshman Malik Zaire is challenging him for the spot.
"Just like at the professional level, you need two guys who can play with a little bit of a different talent," Theismann said. "It's a really good situation for Notre Dame."
So who does the College Football Hall of Famer think should start for the Irish this fall?
"Once he gets into it, (Golson) probably should have the advantage," Theismann said. "He's familiar with the system, he's familiar with the people and coach (Brian Kelly) knows what his capabilities are. But that doesn't mean that somebody else isn't going to be able to catch the coach's eye."
Regardless of his position on the depth chart, Theismann applauded Notre Dame's decision suspend Golson from the university.
"It shows high quality character," Theismann said. "It was an excellent decision by the university, and it was an excellent decision by him to want to come back."
World of pain: German-born Bernhard Langer (5-under when play stopped) was dealing with a bit of World Cup agony Saturday.
Langer was scheduled to tee off just before his national team played to a 2-2 draw against Ghana and he refused any updates on the course. He wanted to make sure he was focused more on his game than his country's.
"It was disappointing that I couldn't watch," Langer said. "If I had been in the early group I could've seen it."
Of course, that's much easier to tolerate than what British pro Roger Chapman (10-under when play stopped) was dealing with after watching England get knocked out in group play.
"We invented the bloody game," Chapman said. "The passion doesn't seem to be there. It looks as though (the players) want to just go on holiday basically."
Cheers to you: Former Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly seems to understand this whole retirement thing quite well.
After finishing his round Saturday, the 16-year NFL veteran went back to the clubhouse for some refreshments and came back out with a beer in each hand.
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