Monday Scramble: Can you fix the Cup?
Monday, September 21, 2009
Welcome to the Monday Scramble, seriously pumped that the PGA Tour’s Fall Series is only one week away!
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We here at the Scramble can’t remember a slower week in golf (especially with our East Coast viewing times), which is probably why we remember more about Ryan Seacrest on the Emmy’s red carpet and a random viewing of the the pilot episode of “The Cosby Show” than any golf shots this weekend, besides the dude who made $1 million for an ace on that driving-range par 3.
Quite noticeable, however, was the lack of any real buildup to this week’s somewhat-season-ending Tour Championship, shut out again by pro football, college football and anything else that people want to commemorate with face-painting, Bud Lights and barbecue or gambling.
We had one friend ask us if the Tour Championship was being played at TPC Sawgrass this week, but that was about it.
“No man is an island green,” we told him, but only because we didn’t know what else to say.
We actually think the FedEx Cup Playoffs are catching on a bit, we’re just not convinced they will ever be crowned in a Donald Trump-owned beauty pageant under the current format.
Does it not make any sense to take a chance and shake up the system with more things than point resets, Liberty Nationals and 72-hole stroke-play events?
What’s the worst thing that can happen? Disinterest?
The Tour is playing with the house money, even if they don’t own that money.
Golf’s four-major safety net allows the Tour more wiggle room than a FedEx envelope, allowing it the opportunity to alter the landscape. Don’t like it? Whatever. There’s always the Masters.
So what do you change?
We’ve used this space more than once to suggest creating professional golf teams and dispersing them in major markets around the country like any of the other major professional sports leagues. Give people a real reason to root for players other than liking their cool pants.
We’ve also talked about creating a 128-man match-play bracket, spread over four sites and culminating with a Final 4; or defining a missed cut in a Playoffs event to actually mean a player is eliminated from the entire Playoffs. (You could also use that same cut rule to cut fields down from four different sites to two different sites and then to one final site, where the winner is crowned the champion.) We’ve also heard people talk about using cumulative score from the four current events to determine a champion, which is at least different.
At this point, we don’t even care if Pirate’s Cove Putt-Putt is somehow involved, we’d just like to see something to keep us from switching over to “Cosby Show” reruns Thursday afternoon.
What are your ideas? (Use the comments section below.)