- Billy Graham near death, ‘close to going home to be with the Lord’
- SeaTac, Wash.: City’s new $15 minimum wage heads to court
- Obama mulls support for Islamists in Syria, with conditions
- Obama ‘birther’ theories float, as Hawaii health director killed in crash
- U.S. drone faulted for killing 14 ‘innocent civilians’ at Yemen wedding
- GOP hopes taking shutdown off the table with budget deal will pay dividends
- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
Plenty of singing on 1st tee at Presidents Cup
DUBLIN, OHIO (AP) - The first tee at the Presidents Cup is equal parts fraternity kegger, sporting event, social gathering, choir practice and comedy club.
A couple of thousand people were packed tightly along three sides of the first tee at Muirfield Village for Friday’s foursomes matches. There were maybe a dozen loud, yellow-clad “Fanatics” backing the International side. Another dozen or so were clad in red, white and blue and called themselves “American Outlaws.”
The Outlaws is a collection of soccer fans at matches involving the United States at nearby Columbus Crew Stadium. The Fanatics are rabid fans from various countries who sing their own funny lyrics to popular songs.
The Fanatics, wearing yellow T-shirts, green-and-yellow argyle socks and green hats, sang, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” to South African Ernie Els. They also made him laugh with their version of the Disney classic “The Circle Of Life,” substituting the word “golf” for “life.”
Several said they had spent Thursday night in downtown Dublin, visiting the various pubs. Dan Sullivan, executive director of the Memorial Tournament, which also is played at the course, suggested another area for nightlife on Saturday night.
U.S. captain Fred Couples played to the American fans _ who wore stars-and-stripes bandanas and hats and waved several large U.S. flags _ by walking over and asking them to “come up with something special” in the way of a song or cheer. He also asked fans where they were from and what they were doing. One said he had just graduated from college and was now a caddie on the LPGA Tour.
As Argentina’s Angel Cabrera posed for a group picture with the Presidents Cup before teeing off, one of the Fanatics sang, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” _ causing Cabrera to quickly turn his head toward the singer and smile.
The loudest laughter at the opening tee came when the Fanatics sang, “We got the whole world … on our team.”
SAMMY MOVES ON: Sammy the Squirrel had his one day of fame.
Love was televised Friday morning putting the squirrel back into a tree.
Alas, it didn’t stay there.
Love said the squirrel jumped off the tree and onto the shoulder of a Golf Channel camera man. Eventually, he said the squirrel was taken to a wildlife shelter.
By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
- House budget bargain faces Senate filibuster; Republicans line up to oppose
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- Broncos-Chargers game ends with several stabbings
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- American missing in Iran was CIA operative who went rogue
- Obama birther theories float, as Hawaii health director killed in crash
- Kim Jong-un consolidating power or losing grip on North Korea's military
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- PRUDEN: The last living witnesses; they wore the yellow star and remember the Nazi terror
- KEENE: James Clapper should resign for lying to Congress
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Consummate traveler Todd DeFeo explores the unique stories that make destinations worth going to.
Covering the world of soccer, including the World Cup, Major League Soccer, D.C. United and the English Premier League and other interesting sporting events.
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow