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Could be the last hope weekend for Philly sports

September 25, 2020

The Philadelphia Phillies only have three games left in the regular season this weekend versus the Tampa Bay Rays. They have to win at least two games to have any chance to make the playoffs. This could be a difficult task considering that Tampa has one of the best records this season and could easily represent the American League in the World Series this year. If the Phillies can somehow sneak into the playoffs, they will have to win games by the score of 10 runs or more because of their incredibly frustrating bullpen of relief pitchers. The relief pitching has caused many a loss! Everything will be decided by Sunday night, and we will see what happens. Either way, this year we are lucky to even have baseball playoffs to watch.

The Philadelphia Eagles did not look much better against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in their second game of the season. I have to say the offensive line did protect Carson Wentz better than in the first game. In the first half, it seemed like the whole team was just going through the motions. They were lucky to even have a chance to win at all in the second half. At the end of third quarter, they had a chance to take a lead and blew it because Carson forced a first down pass into the end zone that got intercepted. The Rams took control of the game from then on. Since the NFL season is short, this week's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, and their rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, is a must-win game.

Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open last week with a score of six-under par. He won by six shots over Matthew Wolff, who is only 21 years old. Despite the large margin of victory, the final round was actually pretty close between the two, until the last six or seven holes when Matthew started to fall apart. Bryson deserved to win this tournament. He was the most consistent player for all four rounds. It will be very interesting to see if he can sustain his style of play for years to come. In the last year and a half, he has undergone a significant body transformation, with a corresponding huge increase in his club head speed with most of his clubs. He is the first golfer on the PGA Tour to try to play like the long drive professionals who try to swing the driver at 110 percent every time. I don’t think he will be able to stay injury free after his 35th birthday with this new swing. I expect that his back and shoulders could get injured very easily over time.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the cut by a lot. I think Tiger is running out of chances to contend at the U.S. Open. Next year could be his last chance to win because it is at Torrey Pines in California where he won in dramatic fashion in 2008.

This week was when the Ryder Cup was rescheduled originally for this year. They have now moved it again to next year. I hope they will be able to have fans by next year so they can have the tournament with a cheering crowd.

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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