WBEZ | Ryder Cup http://www.wbez.org/tags/ryder-cup Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en White Sox, Ryder Cup collapses punctuate a rough sports weekend http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/white-sox-ryder-cup-collapses-punctuate-rough-sports-weekend-102788 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP142431673634.jpg" title="A rough end to the season for A.J. Pierzynski and the Sox (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story: </strong>A pair of epic sports collapses punctuated the weekend in Chicago. On the city&rsquo;s South Side, the White Sox let their grasp on the American League Central division &ndash; and their only shot at the playoffs &ndash; slip away. Meanwhile, out in suburban Medinah, the U.S. Ryder Cup team <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/golf--u-s--coughs-up-ryder-cup-in-event-s-biggest-choke-ever.html;_ylt=AutGZy0PZkBEN.xhXD4S0c85nYcB;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0a3ZlZ3RrBG1pdANGRUFUVVJFRCBNZWdhdHJvbiBTUE9SVFMgRlAEcGtnA2YzYThjNjllLTY4MGUtM2NlNC04Y2Q3LTk1YjJkNjFiZjNlM">experienced a historic meltdown</a> on the competition&rsquo;s final day and gave the title back to Team Europe. Obviously, the White Sox collapse hurts worse for city sports fans and will linger longer heading into the long, dark winter (not that Sox attendance numbers <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/economy/weak-fan-support-darkens-sox-success-102759">are any indication of the team&rsquo;s success</a> this year). The Sox are still mathematically eligible but <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_30_tbamlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">will need a miracle</a> just to push a one-game playoff with the Detroit Tigers.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Also:</strong>&nbsp;Violence is so out of control in Chicago &ndash; <a href="http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/crime/redeye-chicago-logs-its-400th-homicide-of-year-20120929,0,461991.story">crossing 400 homicides</a> for the year with a quarter still left to go &ndash; that the city is out of ideas <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/grappling-with-gun-problem-chicago-asks-residents-to-share-ideas-for-solutions-on-twitter/2012/09/29/fa5ad394-0a77-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_story.html">and is asking for yours and mine</a>, provided you can tweet them. It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.chicagoideas.com/">Chicago Ideas Week</a> (which is amazing and worth checking out): Come up with a solution, tweet it, include the hashtag &ldquo;<a href="https://twitter.com/i/#!/search/realtime/%23whatifchicago">#whatifchicago</a>&rdquo; and the best ideas will be debated at <a href="http://www.chicagoideas.com/events/160">a panel on October 11</a>. CPD chief Garry McCarthy will be there while, but tellingly, Rahm Emanuel (or anyone otherwise associated with City Hall) will not.</p><p><strong>And then:&nbsp;</strong>Over the weekend, Lindsay Lohan <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15480467-421/lindsay-lohan-vs-congressmans-aide-who-harassed-who.html">got involved with police</a> after a scuffle in her hotel room with a young man who Lohan says had been taking cell phone photos of her. The young man? Christian LaBella, a D.C.-based aide for downstate Illinois Rep. John Shimkus. LaBella seems to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15480467-421/lindsay-lohan-vs-congressmans-aide-who-harassed-who.html">have a thing for celebrities</a>. Police arrested him and charged him with assault, but after looking into the incident a little more, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-employee-of-congressman-shimkus-arrested-following-alleged-assault-on-lohan-at-nyc-hotel-20120930,0,5276355.story">those charges were dropped</a>.&nbsp;Both Lohan and LaBella filed harassment claims against each other. Rep. Shimkus office acknowledged LaBella was in their employ but stressed the congressman did not condone any of LaBella&#39;s actions.</p><p><strong>RIP:</strong> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/nyregion/arthur-o-sulzberger-publisher-who-transformed-times-dies-at-86.html?pagewanted=all">Arthur O. Sulzberger</a>, legendary publisher of the <em>New York Times</em>, at the age of 86. Sulzberger served as publisher from 1963 until 1992 when he passed the job to his son, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and then served another five years as chairman before he passed that job to his son as well. During his 34 years in those positions, Sulzberger expanded both the paper&rsquo;s scope (by introducing new features sections) and importance, helping to make it one of the leading international news authorities. Perhaps one of his single greatest achievements was publishing the <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/p/pentagon_papers/index.html?8qa">Pentagon Papers</a>&nbsp;in 1971.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>California became the first state <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/us/california-bans-therapies-to-cure-gay-minors.html">to ban gay &ldquo;cures&rdquo; for minors</a>, citing the emotional toll it can inflict on teenagers.</li><li>GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-ryan-tax-polls-fox-news-20120930,0,2868739.story">on running mate Mitt Romney&rsquo;s financial plan</a> during a TV appearance: &ldquo;It would take me too long to go through all of the math.&rdquo;</li><li>The president&rsquo;s family <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210323/Obama-family-costs-taxpayers-1-4BILLION-year.html">costs taxpayers 20 times</a> as much money as the royal family, holds 20 times fewer <a href="http://www.tmz.com/category/prince-harry-vegas-pictures/">naked Vegas parties</a>.</li><li>The Dallas Cowboys <a href="http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-georgia-sports/2012/09/30/how-about-them-undies/">are adding a Victoria&rsquo;s Secret store</a> to their ginormous stadium because nothing puts people in the mood for lingerie like watching sweaty men run into each other.</li><li>No sooner had the above news been announced than North Texas <a href="http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Magnitude-34-earthquake-rattles-North-Texas-171963901.html">experienced a pair of small earthquakes</a>. The logical conclusion to draw, of course, is that forces greater than we do not like to mix lingerie and football. Which totally explains <a href="http://blog.seattlepi.com/football/2012/09/25/after-seahawks-game-lingerie-football-league-says-it-fired-refs-now-in-nfl/">this</a>.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead</strong></p><ul><li>The investigation <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15474648-761/family-man-killed-at-hot-dog-stand-was-leaving-gang-life.html">continues into a weekend killing</a> at a Bridgeport hot dog stand, though police have said it is gang-related.</li><li>The city is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-appeals-occupy-chicago-decision-102752">moving forward</a> with its appeal of last week&rsquo;s decision by a judge to toss out the arrests of more than 90 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators stemming from a protest last fall.</li><li>Clean up <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8830122">continues from a massive warehouse fire</a> that happened Sunday in Avondale.</li><li>Our own Robin Amer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2012-09-28/five-scariest-things-i-learned-chicago%E2%80%99s-pedestrian-plan-102736">takes a deeper look at the Chicago&#39;s proposed pedestrian plan</a> and the challenges the city faces in making an impact.</li><li>The deadline to register to vote in Illinois is next Tuesday, October 9, so if you need to register, get all the information you need <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=170">here</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>The Cubs <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/recap?gameId=320930129&amp;teams=chicago-cubs-vs-arizona-diamondbacks">stave off 100 losses</a>&hellip; for now.</li><li>Training camp <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/ten-questions-facing-bulls-training-camp-opens.html">opens today for the Bulls</a> and their first preseason game comes a week from Tuesday.</li><li>More pro athletes need to do things like <a href="http://deadspin.com/5947408/falcons-safety-thomas-decoud-played-the-meow-game-during-an-interview-on-sportscenter">this</a>.</li><li>It looks like it&rsquo;s <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/8445150/chicago-white-sox-paul-konerko-undergo-hand-surgery-season">going to be hand surgery</a> for Paul Konerko once the season&rsquo;s done.</li><li>The Bears and Cowboys finish up this week&rsquo;s NFL action tonight and if you&rsquo;re not the type who has cable, you can catch the game on WGN at 7 p.m.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally</strong><br />This domino set-up beats anything I&rsquo;ve ever accomplished in my life. [<a href="http://cheezburger.com/42597377">via</a>]</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2QGuOD1HMCQ" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/white-sox-ryder-cup-collapses-punctuate-rough-sports-weekend-102788 Justin Timberlake rehearses for the Ryder Cup opening ceremonies http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/justin-timberlake-rehearses-ryder-cup-opening-ceremonies-102745 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/JT.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/50378333?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="620"></iframe></p><p>Justin Timberlake recites the poem &quot;Golf&quot; by Randy Sabado with accompaniment from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.</p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/justin-timberlake-rehearses-ryder-cup-opening-ceremonies-102745 Medinah: Glory of the golf world http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-09/medinah-glory-golf-world-102692 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/The%20American%20Ryder%20Cup%20team%20prepares%20for%20the%20weekend%20competition%20at%20Medinah.%28AP%20Photo%20David%20Phillips%29.jpg" title="The American Ryder Cup team prepares for the weekend competition at Medinah.(AP/Photo David Phillips)" /></div><p>Tucked in the western suburbs, Medinah Country Club is one of the most revered golf courses in the country. Now the world will get to see this famous club, which counts like likes of Michael Jordan among its 615 members, with&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.rydercup.com/">Ryder Cup </a>in action this weekend. This is the first time this prestigious tournament, which rotates between the United States and Europe and is played every other year,&nbsp;has made its way to the Chicagoland region. The tournament has brought record-setting crowds to the region: The actual three-day tournament, which starts Friday, is expected to draw 40,000 to 50,000 partisan fans&nbsp;and the impact to the local economy is projected to reach $150 million. (Pro-shops are already seeing sales through the roof.) Internationally, the Ryder Cup&nbsp;is the third most watched sporting event, right behind the Olympics and soccer&rsquo;s World Cup; over 1,800 media credentials were distributed to cover this year&#39;s event.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/European%20Captain%20Jose%20Maria%20Olazabal%20and%20U.S%20Captain%20Davis%20Love%20III%20%20will%20compete%20for%20the%20Ryder%20Cup.jpg" style="height: 261px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal and U.S Captain Davis Love III teams will compete for the Ryder Cup. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)" />The European team, led by Captain Jose Marie Olazabal, will be challenged by the American team, led by Captain Davis Love III. Twenty-four of the top 36 players will be in action on Course #3. Tiger Woods, who won both PGA tournaments held at Medinah, and Phil Mickelson are among the Americans trying to upend the 2010 defending champions. Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy, two talented players on the PGA circuit, will be lead the charge for the&nbsp;European team. Despite playing for Europe, Donald (a Northwestern grad) is the only golfer that actually lives in the area. On Sunday, the home crowd will wear a sea of red, since Americans are encouraged to wear red in the final day of action.&nbsp;</p><p>The planning for Medinah to host the 2012 Ryder Cup actually took root during the 1999 PGA Championship. Medinah member and Ryder Cup General Chairman&nbsp;Don Larson said the decision was made by the PGA of America after the western suburban course successfully proved it was worthy to host this year&rsquo;s event.&nbsp;Medinah has hosted seven national tournaments and six majors, including the 1999 and 2006 the PGA Championships.&nbsp;The Ryder Cup was impressed with Medinah&#39;s facility, its course and its location near Chicago.</p><p>For the past four years Larson and his staff have worked closely with the PGA-America to prepare to the course and contend with the onslaught of visitors and the intense media spotlight.&nbsp;Course #3, established in 1928 following the previous two courses at Medinah, is known as a long, tough course. All the greens have had some minor alterations to make them all identical, but there was one noticeable alteration, according to Larson. &ldquo;The major change was the 15th&nbsp;hole: We made it a drivable par-4 with a high risk, high reward consequence,&rdquo; he said. The hole that may be a determining factor is the 16th. Bears kicker Robbie Gould played in the Pro-Am game on Tuesday and said it is the most difficult hole on the course. Gould also said the course was in perfect shape.&nbsp;It is a wonder with the severe heat this summer that the course did not suffer the consequences. Larson credited his grounds crew and the decision to close the course several weeks ago; the recent rain has resulted in terrific conditions.</p><p>Larson thinks that when the players leave Medinah they will remember &ldquo;a spirited atmosphere of competition and friendship with the love of the game of golf.&rdquo; There is no money at stake in the win on Sunday. But make no mistake: The honor of winning the Ryder Cup is important to every golfer.</p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-09/medinah-glory-golf-world-102692