- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 9, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“That’s a tough question. It’s hard to say who’s better. They both beat us.” - San Diego State coach Chuck Long on which of the Aztecs’ first two opponents was better, Cal Poly or Notre Dame

TAKE YOUR PICK » Does the PGA Tour need to tweak the FedEx Cup format again?

Yes: Absolutely. Vijay Singh already has won the title, and the Tour Championship is still two weeks away. It was going to be hard enough for the FedEx Cup to survive a two-week Ryder Cup break; now that the proceedings at Eastlake have been rendered meaningless, why would anyone tune in to watch the Tour Championship?

No: When a player wins two of the first three playoff events like Singh, he should have the FedEx title all but clinched. Who wants to see one player dominate the playoffs only to lose the cup because of one subpar week in Atlanta?

Our take: For the second consecutive season, the event that is supposed to be the FedEx Cup’s dramatic finale is left with no suspense and no juice. It’s absurd to think that the cup can be decided before the field ever takes the tee at the Tour Championship. Commissioner Tim Finchem and his crew will have to correct this mess in the offseason.

The problem, of course, is that the first three FedEx Cup playoff events are worth roughly the same number of points to the winner (9,000) as the Tour Championship (10,300). The solution, of course, is a stair-step points system in which the winner’s points escalate from roughly 5,000 to 10,000 over the four events. It’s a tricky balance because the regular season and the early playoff events shouldn’t be nullified and the cup shouldn’t be decided before the field arrives.

TWT FIVE » Top weekend story lines

1. Patriots flames — Tom Brady goes down with a possible season-ending injury

2. Serena’s world — Serena Williams reclaims women’s top slot with U.S. Open victory

3. Plucky Pirates — ECU takes down another ranked team to leap into the Top 25

4. Adios, Rafa — Nadal still hasn’t solved the hardcourt

5. Spider-man — Camilo Villegas claims his first PGA Tour victory at the BMW Championship

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