Sports Smorgasboard

Our Cups Runneth Dry

We can dream, no?

Don’t much like our chances in either of this weekend’s international sporting cups – Davis or Ryder.

Come to think of it, this dude has a better chance of being named Time's Man of the Year.

In tennis we'll be playing against the world's No. 1 player; In golf we'll be playing without the world's No. 1 player.

But there's gluttony of Dallas angles and the Cowboys don't play until Sunday night so, oh awwright, we'll watch anyway.

The U.S. tennis team, the defending champs, will be without injured stars James Blake and Bob Bryan when it plays Spain on Madrid’s slow clay and top five players David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal. Worse, the American golf team will try to beat the Euros – something it hasn’t accomplished this millennium -- without Tiger Woods.

Too bad NBC didn’t televise this week’s Junior Ryder Cup, where the U.S. – led by Dallasites Jordan Spieth and Anthony Paolucci, spanked the Europeans 22-2.

Regardless of no Tiger and no chance – unless you like how Boo Weekly stacks up against Padraig Harrington – the Ryder Cup should be intriguing from a local angle. Exactly one-third of the U.S. team has Dallas ties, including '99 Cup hero Justin Leonard and 23-year-old rookie Anthony Kim.

Carrie Underwood will perform at the team’s pre-game gala and I’ll betcha a nickel NBC somehow weasels Michael Phelps into the weekend. But with three straight losses, six veterans with losing records and six others with zero experience, it’ll be a shocker if there's any drama dripping come Sunday afternoon. -- Richie Whitt

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