Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games. AMONG THE BEST
Mike Weir didn't win the Canadian Open on Sunday but he proved, if anyone ever doubted it, that he belongs with the best.
It did take the No.1 player in the world, Vijay Singh, to beat him. It was Weir's putter that hurt him in the final few holes on Sunday. When Weir won the Masters in 2003 he kept making clutch putts. If he had done the same thing Sunday he would have won easily.
The late George Knudson, who had a few good runs at it, always claimed our Open was the toughest tournament for a Canadian to win. I'm sure Weir agrees.
When Pat Fletcher won 50 years ago there was no TV and not that much newspaper coverage. He beat a weak field. The Ben Hogans and Sam Sneads stayed home. Another Canadian, Gordie Brydson, finished tied for second.
Next year, the tournament will be back in Vancouver where Fletcher won. Maybe this time most of the big names will stay home and open the door for Weir or another Canadian to win. I wouldn't bet on it.
RYDER CUP NEXT
I'm sure Weir and Singh can use the time off. Neither is eligible for this week's Ryder Cup. It will be played at Oakland Hills near Detroit, regarded as one of the toughest courses in the world.
Ben Hogan called it a monster when he tamed it during the 1951 U.S Open. All I know is Ol' Hunt played it some 40 years ago and birdied two of the first four holes. They were routine birdies. I knocked in a 3-wood for one and canned a 5-iron for the second.
I was two under par after four holes. I ran out of miracles, but did win a bet by beating 100 by two shots.
Team Canada didn't deserve to beat the Czechs on Saturday night. But it did bail out the CBC. I suspect ratings for a final between Finland and the Czech Republic would be pretty dismal even if it was the last hockey we'll see for a while.
Canada and Finland could be an interesting game. The Finns rate a real shot because they have Miika Kiprusoff. He's the netminder who almost stole the Stanley Cup for the Calgary Flames. Until this past week, Ol' Hunt was convinced the owners and players could make a deal and avoid a shutdown. But last week the owners indicated what they really want to do is break the union.
I don't think they'll succeed. But in any event, hockey will still be the big loser.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
The Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott predicts John Gibbons will be retained as Blue Jays manager. If he is right then we know general manager J.P. Ricciardi wants someone who will follow orders. It sure worked this year ... The schedule-maker sure didn't do the Argos any favours. They played that big game in Hamilton on Labour Day. It would have been perfect if they'd had a return match with the Tiger-Cats over the weekend. The Jays were away, so the SkyDome was open. Instead the Argos play their next two games on the road. Things will be better when the Argos move into the new stadium in 2006. The way the Varsity Blues are playing you wonder if the University of Toronto will still be so eager to get the new digs. The Blues lost to Western 72-8 on Saturday.