A quick nod to the Ryder Cup. Started today. Europe vs. USA. The US tends to lose this event. Europeans come together and beat the Americans. It happens on a regular basis.
And I’ll be honest, golf isn’t really my thing. Mostly because it pisses me off. A lot. It seems so easy. Hit the little ball with a big metal club into the hole. Then the whole physics things come into play. And I took all of my science credits at my university pass/no pass. I realize my weaknesses and, as anyone with half a brain would do, runs the hell away from them without confronting them. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I use a 3-iron off the tee because I can’t manage to hit a driver without slicing it 40 yards. Like I said, run the hell away from problems without confronting them. Or from South Park: “Bail? Bail.”
That being said, I am an avid reader of Rick Reilly. Who is an avid fan of golf. So I checked out his article “There's going to be a miracle in Louisville, I guarantee it.” And stumbled upon this quote for reason number 13 why the Americans would beat the Europeans: “13. Faldo violated the time-honored Too Many Swedes theory. Swedes are the sweetest people on earth. Wouldn't hurt a kipper. No Swede has ever won a major. Faldo's got two on his team.” Reilly failed to mention that the Cup is taking place at Valhalla. Perhaps Faldo is a closet mythological historian and felt the need to pay homage to the Norse Gods.
But after reading that I did three things. First, I laughed, because come on, it is kind of funny. And then I looked up what a kipper was. Turns out a kipper is a herring that has been sliced from head to tail and smoked. Making it hard to further hurt the fish, but I digress. And finally, and maybe most relevant to the Swedish theme, I looked up who the two Swedes were on the team: Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson.
Karlsson’s first match result: halved. Stenson’s first match result: US wins 3&2. Whatever the hell that means.
As a general rule I tend to cheer for the underdog when Sweden meets the US with one notable exception. Hockey. Sweden always gets my support there. I blame Peter Forsberg. And my father. But in the Ryder Cup I can only say “Heja USA.”
Welcome to Sweden.