Lessons learned …………

Lessons learned ….

By Tophatal

I’ve always been told as a student , that one can only learn from the mistakes made, so that they should never be repeated again , unless it is done through complacency . If anything, that was all easily borne out in this past weekend, in a number of sporting events that took place. Nowhere was this more noticeable, than in the events that took place that led to Team USA surrendering a four-point lead (10-6) in losing the Ryder Cup to Europe by the narrowest of margins, in 14 ½ to 13 ½ defeat at the hands of the Europeans at Medinah Golf & Country Club , in Chicago , Illinois. Coming into the final day, of this biennial event the twelve singles’ matches were to be played with twelve points at stake , with team captain, Davis Love III’s team needing only to secure 4 ½ points to retain the bragging rights, as winners of this title. Instead, in an unheralded turn of events , opposing captain , Jose Maria Olazabal’s of the team European team , staged the largest comeback in Ryder Cup history to secure the victory , and to take the trophy back to European soil, while totally humiliating and upstaging their American counterparts and hosts. As to what this signifies about the state of American golf , and the fact that the team simply fell apart , is enough to suggest, that when the challenge was at hand, the US team was simply found wanting , in more ways than one .


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As an avid golf fan, it was intriguing to watch the events unfold as the tens of thousands in the gallery watched , with millions more nationwide and in Europe watching via the television broadcast of this biennial event. Hero of the day for Europe was the German player , Martin Kaymer, who won his match with Steve Stricker to guarantee his team’s victory , leaving a completely befuddled American team wandering ,as to what might have been .

There were some great games that took place in week four of the NFL , with now a number of teams now found wanting , having been exposed as being completely flawed in defeat . Nowhere, was this more profound, than in the New York Jets’ lopsided loss to the San Francisco 49ers , who completely blanked the Jets 34-0. As to the Antonio Cromartie’s suggestion , that in the absence of his teammate , Darrelle Revis, he could now be looked upon as the “best” corner-back in the NFL. I would now like to think that Cromartie is now eating a great deal of crow in the absence of his not turning up and proving his prowess during the game !

This loss now drops the New York Jets to (2-2) within the AFC East the division as well as within the AFC and league as a whole. As to what this defeat says about this Jets’ team and the character of the team, I firmly believe that for all of the hype and pronunciation of Tim Tebow adding a little more heart and determination to the roster. It clearly shows that a great deal more character and that will to win, is needed, rather than downright complacency as exhibited on Sunday. Absolutely nothing, as evidenced by this defeat shows that the New York Jets possesses any heart or soul, if anything , it clearly shows how overrated this team just happens to be , as well as the entire Rex Ryan —- coaching staff that has been assembled for the Jets sojourn in 2012 . Simply adding hyperbole to a substance where there appears to be nothing tangible is merely adding oil to water to see if there’s a mix and consistency. In reality, that scenario lends itself to open ridicule and not much else !

Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez had one of those games I’d dare say he would rather forget , he was simply mediocre at best ! And as the game progressed the New York Jets , simply got worse , as the team lost their best offensive player, when Santonio Holmes went down injured. By then, they were beyond the point of no return! The New York Jets are an over-hyped team , without an offense to speak of , especially by way of a rushing offense. There is no accounting for taste and at present the taste being left by the Jets is not one that is conducive to their fans or anyone else for that matter !

I’ll say this for the New Orleans Saints , as they continue seek the fans’ empathy , having subjected the game to some of the most serious and infamous charges ever lodged against an NFL franchise .What is now happening to the team as they fall to a 0-4 mark, seems so fitting for a team that is still unwilling to accept responsibility for their actions. And it seems only fitting that the team’s best and most respected player, Drew Brees , now seems to be at a loss for words in explaining the team’s latest debacle. And though the margin of the defeat in the Saints’ 28-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field , in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This victory seems a small consolation after the travesty that surrounded the Packers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks , in what can be best described as one of the worse moments in NFL history, as it relates to the incompetency of the game officials . Those incidents pretty much sealed the fate of the replacement officials, as the league hierarchy saw fit to come to their senses and reach a compromise with the NFLRA (referees’ union), that saw their immediate return on last Thursday night with the opening schedule of week 4 games . The Baltimore Ravens played hosts to the Cleveland Browns , as the fans readily applauded the referees’ return , which resulted in a competently officiated game , with the Ravens proving to be victorious in defeating the Cleveland Browns 23-16.

Saints’ interim head coach, Aaron Kromer must now rally his weary team , in preparation for their meeting in a match-up against the San Diego Chargers in week five , in a game to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome , in New Orleans, Louisiana on the 7th October , 2012. . The only way is up , from here, for the New Orleans Saints , but the rest of the team’s schedule is not that forgiving, and one seriously doubts that their divisional or conference rivals will be all that generous to a beleaguered franchise that for all sense of purpose, has completely lost direction and is lacking in leadership , both on and off the field of play .

Through the first three games of their season the New York Giants were putting up some gaudy numbers that would suggest that they should be seen as perhaps the best team in the NFC. Unfortunately, those numbers led to a falsehood, that was heightened all the more inexplicably, when the team fell to their divisional rivals the Philadelphia Eagles in a toughly contested game 19-17 . In a match-up between two heralded franchises and two Pro Bowl quarterbacks , Eli Manning and Michael Vick , this game failed to live up to live up the expected hyperbole often associated between these two teams. Instead , the fans were served up an error strewn and often all too physical game that was without in part a great deal of finesse from either team. That being said , it would be remiss to count out the Giants at this point of season , given their propensity for the dramatic over the last few years. In the years Tom Coughlin’s players were able to come away with the Superbowl victories , it should be noted that in 2007 and 2011 , they did not actually excel, until the latter halves of both of those seasons. Are we likely to see the same scenario arise once again in 2012, as this team embarks upon taking another run at making history ? What thoughts if any, do you have upon that premise actually playing out?

Nancy Sinatra , erstwhile daughter of legendary crooner , Frank Sinatra , had a top ten hit in the mid-sixties with the song, “These Boots Are Made for Walking” . The lyrics, and more appropriately the song should be aptly applied to the Oakland Raiders, as this team just seems to be completely out of its depth . At 1-3 in the AFC West , and the Raiders are barely clinging on to life this early into the season. Rookie head coach, Dennis Allen was thrust in at the deep end , and suffice to say , a life preserve might not be the only thing needed to keep this team afloat overt the course of their season . And as evidenced, by the team’s lackluster performance against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos , as the Broncos simply shredded the Raiders’ defense , leaving them without an answer in the aftermath of a completely lopsided 37-6 loss. And one can see considerably, where the problems lie for the Raiders as a team, as they are as equally challenged on defense, as they are on offense , especially, when it comes to putting up points on the board and then defending any type of a lead. Next up for Carson Palmer and the Raiders , after their bye-week , the team faces a resurgent —– Atlanta Falcons’ (4-0) roster looking to parlay their fast start to the season into something far more meaningful.

Your fate lies in your own hands, not in the hands of others , and it has been this premise that the local beat writers and on air television personalities seem to have no understanding of , as the Tampa Bay Rays wind down their 2012 schedule. The head sports’ anchor for the CBS affiliate (WTSP-Channel 10) in the Tampa Bay area market , is simply that naïve or is just looking to make a name for himself , with his often rather idiotic anecdotes and synopsis, concerning the baseball team. The Rays have simply squandered the opportunities afforded them over the course of the season , and Dave Wirth just does not wish to acknowledge that fact .

The Tampa Bay Rays (88-71) currently lie third in the AL East, and three games out of the AL wildcard berth . Three games remaining, and the team’s three-game set against the division leading Baltimore Orioles (92-67). The first of those three games will take place to today at Tropicana Field , in St Petersburg , when the two teams face off against each other , in a series where we may well learn a great deal more about both of the baseball clubs in question. Buck Showalter and his Orioles’ team sits on the cusp of winning their first divisional title since 1997, when the team went to the ALCS that postseason , falling to the Cleveland Indians in six games (4-2).

With the culmination of the regular season ending on the 3rd October , it will be interesting to see how the teams fare over the course of the two remaining days of the 2012 schedule. The divisional rounds of the postseason is set to begin on the 5th October , so we now await the participants in baseball’s postseason fare.



Picture gallery.

Of the major sports’ events taking place this past weekend , which of any stood out the most by way of their importance ? Chime with a comment as you see fit , on this or anything else you feel pertinent to the subject matter .


Picture and slide show details below.

(1) European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal kisses the trophy after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. AP Photo/David J. Phillip ….

(2) Europe’s Sergio Garcia shows the trophy to some fans after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel …

(3) The European team posses with the trophy after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. AP Photo/David J. Phillip …

(4) USA’s Tiger Woods scratches his head as he walks off the course after the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast …..

(5) Europe’s Martin Kaymer celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. AP Photo/David J. Phillip ….

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) is helped off the field as New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, second from right, and Mark Sanchez (6) show their support during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets lost the game 34-0 . AP Photo/Bill Kostroun ….

(7) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers throws against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 28-27 . AP Photo/Tom Lynn ….

(8) New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees looks for a receiver during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 28-27. AP Photo/Mike Roemer ……

(9) Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is helped up off the turf after taking a hit by the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Denver. The Broncos won 37-6 . AP Photo/Joe Mahoney …..

(10) Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Price won his twentieth game of the season in the team’s 6-2 victory over the White Sox. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ….

(11) A baseball fan holds a sign after the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

(12) Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham , right, throws to first after forcing out Tampa Bay Rays’ <u? Ben Zobrist during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. Evan Longoria was out at first. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh …..



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NFL news & news from around the league

NFL week four schedule & results

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NFL week 5 schedule


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MLB results 30th September , 2012

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

10 thoughts on “Lessons learned …………”

  1. The PGA has some explaining to do as Team USA got whipped in the singles’ play of the Ryder Cup . Whoop that bitch !

    Can I have my dollar in exchange for quarter-back ? At least 50 cents’ worth …………. the play of the signal callers this weekend bordered on being almost diabolical in a number of cases .

    “In light of the team’s loss I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States . A vote for me , is a real vote for real change ” ! Saints’ qb Drew Brees

    Drew Brees for President . You’ve got to believe his sincerity when he says he wants better for the Saints as a team . Does anyone believe that either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney are that sincere ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!!

    A three game home series and now will be one of the few times in the Rays’ 81 game home schedule where the Trop might well be filled to cheer the team on . Is there anything else that needs to be said about the fair weather fans of this organization ?


  2. I am not a big golf fan, but when Twitter started to explode yesterday I had to catch the final rounds. What a day for the europeans. Just shows you once again it ain’t over until it’s over!


    1. Team USA were a conceited bunch of Neanderthals and they simply took it for granted , that they had the victory in the bag ! Couldn’t have happened to a more conceited bunch of morons !

      Stroke play or match play that USA team couldn’t have played a ball out of a divot, much LESS play with their own testes .

      Tophatal …………………………


  3. The more I see the Raiders play , the more I get to fully understand how much this organization misses Jon Gruden . Each successive occupant that has since been the head coach of this franchise gets incrementally more incompetent in that role . And it is now becoming abundantly clear that neither Mark Davis or GM Reggie McKenzie has a goddamn clue as to what the hell they’re doing !

    “There’s no truth to the rumor that Mark and I have shown an interest in trading for “Bobo The Clown ” and two circus acts (two chimpanzees and a gorilla) to be named later ” . Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie (right) and team owner Mark Davis

    Someone throw Dennis Allen a lifeline or jacket , before he drowns because that team just isn’t competitive enough to deal with any of their divisional rivals much less the rest of the NFL .

    Raiders’ head to head series against the Broncos , Chargers and Chiefs .


  4. The Dallas Cowboys are currently playing lights out football , as in turn the fu#king lights out , as in we don’t need to be watching this sh#t !

    Romo has already thrown for 3 INT’s in the game and we’re barely into the fourth quarter . So , what else should we expect from the overrated Cowboys ?

    Play by play of the Bears vs Cowboys

    The only thing coming out of the state of Texas by way of the NFL are strays and fecal matter !

    Tophatal ……………..


  5. The Rays beat the Orioles last night, but were eliminated from the playoff chase on the A’s win over Texas. The Rays have some adjustments to make in the off season if they are to compete for the division title next year. It should be an interesting process because there are quite a few decisions to be made.


    1. aero

      It’s sad because it would have been great to see this Rays’ team in the postseason against any of the teams that will now be there .

      Stuart Sternberg and GM Andrew Friedman will most certainly pare down the payroll and jettison the players they believe superfluous to the team’s needs. But as I’ve repeatedly said to Chris Humpherys (SportsChump) , if the Rays really do want to compete amongst the ” Big Boys “ of baseball . Then the Rays’ ownership will need to take on an investor with really deep pockets, because there simply isn’t enough revenue coming in annually to assist the organization to compete at the level needed to be considered a real success and that is being a perennial contender for the World Series .

      AL East standings and wildcard standings . MLB results 10/01/2012 .

      Tophatal …………


    1. Bitter pills to swallow ?

      Off course not ! The Rays have been way too inconsistent and the Bucs are nowhere near as good as the players believe themselves to be ! The divisional , conference and league standings currently reflect that fact !

      As for the US Ryder Cup team , what part of singles’ play was that difficult in going out and getting the 4 1/2 points needed (10-6 lead going into to Sunday [final day]) to win ? Yes the Europeans were very good , but in no way should that be used as an excuse for the US’s self implosion . Simply look at the makeup of both teams and then the official world rankings ? That in of-itself shouldn’t the be sole indication , as it all has to do with the focus of the players and how they prepared . In the case of Davis Love III and his team , their minds were elsewhere looking forward to the “silly season” when all of those meaningless tournaments are on hand , with countless millions in prize money that won’t actually count towards official PGA tournament winnings .


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