Sunday Evening News Roundup

Sunday Evening News Roundup

The United States went into Sunday’s Ryder Cup with a 10 – 6 lead. We were told by pundits that the Ryder Cup was over. No team had ever come back from more than a four-point deficit on the final day. I picked up golf about two years ago. The one thing that I can tell you about the European team is that they played solid golf. They don’t make spectacular Bubba Watson shots, but they hit the fairway. Basically, Hall of Fame golfer Johnny Miller described it best as, “…the colossal collapse in Chicago.” Luke Donald, Paul Lawrie and Francisco Molinari all won their matches. Rory McIlroy, the number one ranked player in the world, who had been a non-factor thru Sunday, got it going on Sunday against Keegan Bradley. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were complete non-factors. The European team really played well. Congratulations to the European Ryder Cup team.

The folks on Capitol Hill are turning up the heat on the Obama administration over the debacle in Benghazi. The cranky curmudgeon Sen. John McCain was attacking the administration over their explanation and response. The Obama administration needs to get their act together – now.

NFL update – The New Orleans Saints are in deep trouble. Their defense is awful. There have been a grumblings about whether Peyton Manning has the same arm strength as he used to have. The Denver Broncos absolutely destroyed the Oakland Raiders as Peyton threw for 338 yds and three touchdowns. I don’t know what to think about the Seattle Seahawks. They looked so good and then laid an egg against the St. Louis Rams today. Arizona Cardinals are 4-0. Yet, they are the Arizona Cardinals. The Houston Texans are probably the best team in the NFL right now. Their defense is ferocious. Their offense can beat you by running the ball, throwing it short or by throwing it long. I’m not quite ready to buy into the Atlanta Falcons. They have looked good before only to collapse towards the end of the season. The Buffalo Bills had control of the game with the New England Patriots today. Unfortunately, they had to play the second half. They gave up a ridiculous 45 points in the second half. Ryan Fitzpatrick has to do a better job of taking care of the ball. Four interceptions?!?!? What happened to the Detroit Lions? Matthew Stafford just doesn’t look that good. The Lions can’t run the ball.

David Gregory misquotes the president.

Mitt Romney’s camp has put out two different messages with regards the debates. First, they’re trying to lower expectations. On the other hand, they are promising an outstanding performance by Mitt Romney. Basically, Mitt Romney is going to swing for the fences. He has to show the American people that he really understands the issues. He has to convince the American people that he has ideas which are different than President Bush’s. He has to show the American people that the tried and true knee-jerk Republican response to any domestic problem, tax cuts, can work differently than they did under the Bush administration. On the other hand, I really believe that Mitt Romney has to prove that he can be likable. Currently, I don’t think that most Americans think that he is a “likable” person.

Finally, you gotta love Paul Ryan. Today he told Chris Wallace that it would just take too long to explain the Ryan tax plan. Remember, he’s supposed to be the serious wonky guy.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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