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CHASKA, Minn. Darian Thompson Jersey . - Mark James played in the Ryder Cup seven times and captained the European side at Brookline in 1999. Here, the honorary life member of the European Tour gives his views on the 41st edition of the contest in Minnesota.Its important that the European team dont overreact to defeat to Team USA here at Hazeltine.Sometimes you just have to say you were beaten by a better team. I think they had the right players, a good captain in Darren Clarke, and I dont think he made any mistakes. Sometimes, you just lose. Team Europe can go home with heads held high.Why did they lose? Well, they were facing a good side and then had a shocking first morning; I thought it might be over then. But the real damage was done on the second afternoon. Lee Westwoods putting deserted him at the wrong time and we were a bit unlucky in a couple of matches.Those things make quite a difference to how you approach the singles, going into Sunday with a 9? - 6? deficit. Clarke had to load the front of his order with his best players and we ended up exposed at the back as a result.With six rookies that is kind of inevitable. Over the three days, some did well, and some didnt, but they will all be stronger and better next time out.Thomas Pieters was great without a doubt, and Rafael Cabrera Bello was pretty good, too. Danny Willett had a bad time, but he can probably thank his brother for that; and the course didnt suit the game of Matt Fitzpatrick.Chris Wood was OK and Andy Sullivan -- the sort of player who will play Ryder Cup again -- didnt disgrace himself.And of the senior players, Rory McIlroy was obviously the star but Sergio Garcia was pretty impressive, too, and Henrik Stenson was decent.There arent too many lessons Europe can learn from this defeat. It will obviously make things a bit harder in Paris, now the run has come to an end, but there is certainly no need for a task force or anything dramatic like the Americans went for after Gleneagles.If Europe want to tweak things a little, maybe the naming of the final wild card could be delayed for a few weeks, like the Americans did.But otherwise, the players and officials should be proud of the efforts they made after contributing to an exciting and dramatic Ryder Cup.The team seemed pretty happy afterwards in their press conference but they will have been hurting inside.When I was captain at Brookline in 1999, it was pretty bad in the team room after defeat. I cried my eyes out for a few minutes in a big release of emotion. And I wasnt the only one.But after that we regrouped, went to the presentation, had a few beers and dinner. When the guys went to their post-match press conference on Sunday they will have had a bit of time to compose themselves and start to move on.In my experience, some players stay up late drowning their sorrows after they leave the course, and some just go to bed. There is no doubt it is pretty depressing when youve lost because youve put a huge amount of energy in over the whole week and at the end of it you are very tired, emotionally and physically.Even after Brookline, when we had been ahead and lost, we were looking on the bright side on the flight home the next day, and Clarkes team will be the same, Im sure.If there is anything that should be learned from this 41st edition of the Ryder Cup, it is to pay closer attention to security once again.You want there to be an atmosphere and for people to enjoy themselves, but there must be a way of tightening controls so that we dont get a repeat of the abuse we have seen here. The behaviour was pretty disgusting at times, and reviewing security would be no bad thing.Mark James was talking to Leo Spall Sterling Shepard Jersey . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Doug Kotar Jersey .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. In the late 1980s, when White Sox ownership threatened to leave Chicago for Florida if the city didnt build them a new stadium, I said I would be happy to see them go. Besides being against corporate welfare (why should taxpayers fund baseball owners profits?), as a Cubs fan, it didnt matter to me if the White Sox decamped for the orange groves and retirement homes of St. Pete.Season-ticket partner Old Style told me I was nuts. Hes from Cleveland and understands how great it is to have two teams in one city. Major League Baseball every damn day, hed say. Hell, sometimes we didnt have that in Cleveland, even when the Tribe was at home!The politicians caved, and so Chicago is the only city that has had two major league teams since the founding of the American League in 1901. One or the other is in town pretty much every day of the season, as they are this week, when they play their home-and-home Crosstown Classic series.But sometimes, the schedule gods act in mysterious ways, and both the Cubs and White Sox host home games that are not head-to-head matchups. That was the case the week of Independence Day, so I caught three games in a row: Cubs on Tuesday afternoon, White Sox on Tuesday night, then Cubs again Wednesday afternoon. It was a bit of baseball gluttony before the famine of the All-Star break.First pitch was at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, and the last out came at 4:16 p.m. Wednesday. In just four minutes shy of 27 hours, I saw 27 full innings of baseball (9 hours, 11 minutes of total game time). I covered roughly 50 miles on my bike to, from and between the games. Food and drink consumed at the ballparks: three hot dogs, seven beers and a circus elephants morning ration of peanuts. Money spent ... Id rather not go there.The home team lost every game by a cumulative score of 23-8 (both the Cubs and the White Sox gave up nine runs on Tuesday). Along with 103,342 other fans, I saw 963 pitches, 59 hits (14 doubles and 11 homers), 21 walks, 46 strikeouts, seven stolen bases, four errors, two wild pitches, one passed ball and one hit batsman.But anyone could read most of that in a box score. Whats coolest about a Red Line (or Bike Lane) doubleheader is feeling the differences between the venues and their settings in the city.If the two ballparks were family members, Wrigley Field is your favorite uncle, the guy who tells epic stories at family barbecues. He might be a little rough around the edges, a bit shabby even, but who cares? The old guy has personality. U.S. Cellular Field is your boring second cousin from a soulless, car-centric, suburban subdivision, a shiny, happy person whom even the Dalai Lama would make a lame excuse to get away from.Thats kind of a shame because the White Sox could have built the first of the great 1990s-era retro ballparks. Their architects submitted the design that later became Camden Yards. But ownership wanted no obstructed views, so the upper deck soars into the stratosphere above the skyboxes, with its front row farther from home plate than the last row of Old Comiskeys upper deck. They actually had to take out several rows of seats and add a miniature roof to minimize the feeling of vertigo that kept fans away. Team ownership also insisted on home plate being at the northwest corner of the park (so it would still be at the historic intersection of 35th Street and Shields Avenue), so the upper deck patrons dont get a Chicago skyline view; they gaze south and east over the Dan Ryan Expressway.Even worse, the whole place sits in a sea of parking lots. U.S. Cellular is designed to make sure you spend every dollar you have inside the park, rather than in the neighborhood around it. There are a couple bars a few blocks north in Armour Square and almost a mile west on Halsted Street. There is little joy in Comiskeyvillee. Carl Banks Jersey. White Sox fans do tailgate, but theres nothing like the pregame or postgame energy you feel around Wrigley.On Tuesday, after the Cubs lost, I biked down, and I recommend that method over the Red Line (though that El ride takes only 30 minutes, with the Addison Street and 35th Street stops just steps from each park). If you want to forget a forgettable Cubs ballgame, take the Lakefront Path; the spectacular skyline, the immensity of Lake Michigan and volleyball players cavorting in the sand will divert your mind from John Lackey misplacing the strike zone.Also, biking lets you resist White Sox managements designs on your wallet. One thing the Comiskey area has over the North Side is lots of good hot dog stands. Real estate is too expensive for such marginal businesses in most of the Wrigleyville area, but post-industrial Bridgeport is still viable for hot dog stands, and I always get a dog (or two) before going into the Cell. The best spot -- literally a hole-in-the-wall -- is Johnny Os at the corner of 35th and Morgan streets. Their mother-in-law sandwich (a tamale on a hot dog bun with all the fixings) is world-class.Back to the Cell: It isnt as bad as some critics say. The statues of ballplayers (and Charles Comiskey) in the outfield are well-executed. The grim Carlton Fisk looks like he would snarl at you to Run it out! like he did to Neon Deion Sanders back in 1990. Some design touches are smart: The womens bathroom signs feature the old All-American Girls Professional Baseball League silhouette of a skirted player, and the food and drink selections are quantum leaps above those at Wrigley, what with tacos, churros and bacon-on-a-stick, as well as a wide variety of local microbrews.But the purpose of a ballpark isnt food. Its baseball, and the Cell is not an ideal place to watch a game. Its symmetry is dull, and fans on the upper deck are excluded from the pleasures of the lower-deck concourse.But you can always get a ticket at the Cell. I met my friend The Curmudgeon and his party of six 45 minutes before first pitch. We got seven seats together, almost a whole row to ourselves. Dont even think about trying that at Wrigley.Thats the real difference between the two parks: Wrigley is always full-to-bursting. The Cell is usually half-empty -- except for Opening Day, Cubs interleague games and the occasional Sunday promotion when Chris Sale pitches. The sociological reasons for this are beyond the scope of this column, but I have written about it for SABR. Even in the lean years of 2010-14, the Cubs outdrew the White Sox. Of those 103,342 fans I sat with over those three games, only 20,772 were at the Cell. The team doesnt bother to announce attendance during games.This disparity leads defensive White Sox fans to argue that Cubs fans arent really baseball fans -- theyre there just for the beer and the flirting and the spectacle. And stupid Cubs fans go even when their team is bad! As though loyalty is a character flaw.Sox fans claim that Sox fans are serious baseball fans, there for the game Itself. This is an ironic thing to argue, given that former White Sox owner Bill Veeck Jr. installed a shower in center field and the famous exploding scoreboard that sets off fireworks for every Sox homer and victory. And what does the kiss cam have to do with baseball, exactly?Fans intently keep score or just drink and chat with their pals at both parks. In any case, baseball is entertainment, not Easter mass at the Vatican. We go to the game -- at Wrigley or the Cell -- for fun, not solemn worship.And if you really want to have fun, go to three games in two days and ride your bike all over Chicago on the way. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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