Sad Sports Sunday For Your Good Ol' Red, White and Boo

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Woke up rooting for America Sunday morning. Phil Mickelson made a charge, Dustin Johnson was in the hunt and it looked like a U.S. golfer would steal the Claret Jug at the British Open.

I was rooting for America after lunch, too. Abby Wambach scored late and it looked like the U.S. would seal the Women's World Cup after a dramatic two weeks in Germany.

Alas, woe-for-2.

Mickelson three-putted on No. 11, Johnson hit a shot out-of-bounds on 14 and the Americans faded at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England. Couples hours later in Frankfurt, the U.S. gave up goals in the 81st minute of regulation and 117th minute in the second overtime, then botched a couple of penalty kicks in a stunning come-from-ahead loss in the championship game.

Bummer.

But considering the beneficiaries of the meltdowns, it wasn't that bad after all. Because in Darren Clarke and Japan, we got two winners anyone can embrace with a little joy.

Northern Ireland's Clarke, 42, lost his wife to breast cancer in 2006 and multiple times gave up the game of golf. His weight wildly fluctuated. He alternately quit drinking, cigars and fast cars, only to indulge in all of them en route to resurrecting his career. Now portly and happy, he is engaged again and a major winner for the first time.

Good for him.

Japan, of course, is a country still reeling from the earthquake and tsunami that killed 23,000 in March. Not a lot was expected from its women's soccer team in the World Cup. But an upset of host Germany led to a championship match against the U.S., a team it hadn't beaten in 25 tries. The U.S. led 1-0 late and then 2-1 even later, but Homare Sawa knocked in an incredible flick-goal on a corner-kick, glancing it off Wambach's arm and surprising American sweetheart goalie Hope Solo. Helped by American Carli Lloyd inexplicably and totally missing the goal, the Japanese won on penalty kicks, 3-1.

Good for them.

When in doubt, root for the home team. But, in retrospect, Mickelson has four majors and the U.S. women have two World Cups. The folks who needed triumphs the most on Sunday played their best.

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Jb3323
Jb3323

Anything you advertise for I'll never buy from and will encourage my friends to do the same, you are such an idiot I now turn to another station when you are on, I feel bad for Greggo because he's do so good on his come back, but you are such a DEAD WEIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sybils Beaver
Sybils Beaver

God I wish I was alex morgan's beaver. She is at least good at what she does, and brings primetime penis to the game. Can you boys imagine carressing the thin landing strip with ur fingertips, before diving face first into that warm apple pie

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Like your New School counterparts said this morning, the British Open shouldn't be a major. The way I look at, who the hell would even play in conditions like that, and those conditions are pretty typical for the British Open.

My soccer shorts were so excited when our real sweetheart, Alex Morgan, scored and then again when she had an awesome assist to Wambach. You watched the same game, right? If I was a sporty sports columnist, I'd be pumping(oil derrick style) Alex Morgan up more than Hope (no Force) Solo. Rack me.

Jonno-Canada
Jonno-Canada

what a Twit "The Open" is the major.You US Centric poor losers can't accept the new world order, in Sports, Politics and Economics.I am of the feeling the PGA should become an international event, that would truley make it a major, unline it is now

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I could care less who wins it, I like Rory, and I don't really have a problem with anyone else. I'm saying just because that's where golf was born, doesn't make it a good course. There's not a pro football team in Canton Ohio, or a professional basketball team in Hoboken, the list goes on and on.  Those conditions suck for a good round and you can't say the best golfer won that day.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

While I appreciate your points on Canton and Hoboken (awesome ref by the way), I completely disagree on the British..love it more than the US open, most years..didn't watch 15 minutes live this year though. Enjoyed trying to root Dr Tom home last year though. I say though as much as half-cat used to say meow.

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