At noon today I will absolutely be watching the United States tangle with Germany on the World Cup stage.
I will be watching as part of my job and as a fan with a passing interest in soccer. It is an uphill climb and I will feel like I am climbing along with them. My chores will get done in the morning or on Friday.
Yet the fan in me is really a bit more interested in another weekend sporting event.
I want to see Tiger Woods play golf again. He will do just that beginning today in Bethesda, Md., in the Quicken Loans National.
He is returning from back surgery and this will be his first competition in nearly four months. In a press conference I saw from earlier this week he said it was the first time he has been free from pain for about two years.
There are a lot of good players on the PGA Tour. Any of them can win tournaments and hit some amazing shots along the way. But it has been proven that none of them are Tiger Woods.
These last several months without him on the tour has just lost some sparkle; been missing some pizzazz.
The PGA has also been missing some viewers.
That should change beginning today. I will get about 30 minutes to celebrate or recover from my sadness at the fate suffered by the U.S. soccer team. Then at 2:30 The Golf Channel begins its coverage of Wood’s return. Once I have to leave for work, the DVR will take over and preserve those images for me to view later.
His return will have a bit more interest because I have watched a round of golf at Congressional in person.
That was in 1997. Access Software, producers of the popular Links computer golf game, was putting Davis Love III on the cover of its new edition. Since Access wanted to make a big splash and since I was writing for a couple of national gaming publications at the time, I was invited to fly to Washington, D.C., to watch a practice round.
My hotel was a half-dozen blocks from the White House. It was a great experience. It has always made watching any golf tournament from Congressional a bit more entertaining.
So there you have it. Soccer at noon, followed by Tiger Woods and the PGA. Nice way to begin the weekend.
Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh’s columns appear twice weekly. He can be reached at: email@example.com.