Unbeaten Augusta flyweight boxer Rayonta "Stingray" Whitfield is rated the No. 1 contender by the WBO, and he will finally get his long-awaited title shot in a mandatory bout against Argentine champion Omar Narvaez.
Left out of my David Feherty newspaper column today were most of the funnier comments regarding his irreverent season-ending golf “awards” published in Golf Magazine. He calls them the Golden Ferret Awards after his long-time nickname. Here are some of the edited highlights from his Tuesday conference call:
This isn’t just a game. It’s the game of our lives.
Forget the World Series, BCS, NASCAR chase or whatever other sport you care about. The race going on today is the most important one in generations and will shape generations to come.
Barack Obama vs. John McCain makes Georgia vs. Florida seem as trivial as it actually is. This isn’t about bragging rights or feeling good about yourself for the next 12 months. This is about the next four years and the direction our nation takes hangs in the balance.
Nick Faldo's inexplicable love affair with Ian Poulter jilts another worthy European.
Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson rode the pine on the first day of the Ryder Cup matches, sitting out the afternoon after captain Faldo once again trotted out the all-England pairing of Poulter and Justin Rose.
This can't be what the folks at Augusta National had in mind when they fell for the FedEx Cup "bait-and-swtich."
In 2007 the Masters jiggered its qualifying standards in conjunction with the PGA Tour's revamped schedule, and they agreed to take the 30 players who qualified for the season-ending Tour Championship. It seemed fine on paper last year when the final lineup was a reflection of the most consistent season performers.
Paul Azinger lobbied for three extra weeks and two more choices in finalizing the American Ryder Cup team with the hottest possible players.
Obviously he has to take Vijay Singh.
Singh has be living in the U.S. almost as long as Anthony Kim has been alive, but sadly the winner of the first two playoff series events is ineligible because of the inconvenient truth that he is Fijian.
Mike Weir is off the table as well. As is Camilo Villegas. And Sergio Garcia is unfortunately on the European squad.
He sealed the 10th and final automatic spot on the European Ryder Cup team, but Oliver Wilson is a very different presence in the team match play event than Amerrican Vaughn Taylor was two years ago in Ireland.
Taylor had never played a match-play event before the Ryder Cup, but Wilson is already a veteran of the format. He played in a Walker Cup as an amateur and in the Seve Trophy last year. Both times he was on the winning team.
But match play goes much deeper for the native of England.
There are days -- more of them lately -- when sportswriters wonder why we ever got in the newspaper business.
Then there are days like Saturday.
I love college football. I love the fervor. I love the tailgaters. I love the bands. I love the early-season sundresses. (I hate the BCS, but that's another story for another day.)
Tiger Woods is doing it again. He's making putt after clutch putt to turn back that murderer's row of contenders -- Bob May, Scott Dunlap, Greg Chalmers, J.P. Hayes and Thomson's own Franklin Langham.
For the second consecutive day, weather has forced the television networks to show archive replays of past PGA Championships while the current PGA Championship is on hold.
Surprise, they don't seem to have anything in the queue that doesn't involved Tiger Woods winning.
Charles Howell didn't acknowledge the nudge.
As the Augusta native went fuming through a gauntlet of media Friday, he didn't answer the call to stop and talk. He was steaming over a closing double bogey on the 18th hole at Oakland Hills that for all he knew might have cost him a chance to play on the weekend.