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Cup holds more drama

The Baltimore Sun

It's hard to argue that the closing of Yankee Stadium wasn't the most memorable sports event this weekend, but in terms of lasting images, are you going to recall Brian Roberts making the last out or Jim Furyk making the last meaningful putt at the Ryder Cup?

The celebration in the Bronx seemed muted by the fact that two teams that won't be advancing to the postseason were merely playing out the schedule. As my 15-year-old sports-savvy son asked, why weren't the Red Sox there to finish what Babe Ruth started all those generations ago?

Meanwhile, the celebration in the Bluegrass State was rich with history and irony. In the absence of Tiger Woods, a group of little-known players helped lead the underdog Americans to one of the biggest upsets in Ryder Cup history over a European team that included Padraig Harrington, winner of two majors this year.

Who will forget the sight of Boo Weekley galloping off the first tee at Valhalla Golf Club as if he were an oversized jockey at nearby Churchill Downs? Who will ever forget the sight of Anthony Kim giving Sergio Garcia the worst beatdown of what had been a glorious Ryder Cup career?

Who will forget the sight of Hunter Mahan making that 60-foot birdie putt that helped put the U.S. on the brink of its first Ryder Cup win since 1999? And who will ever forget the sight of U.S. captain Paul Azinger, one of the game's grittiest competitors, hugging Furyk after the clinching putt?

Seems to me that all Yankee Stadium had was an overdone pre-game ceremony that went on longer than the Democratic and Republican national conventions put together, and a bunch of guys collecting dirt from the mound after a meaningless late-September baseball game.

The most memorable sports event?

The Ryder Cup - in a rout.

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