Thursday, September 25, 2008
Lee Westwood Apologizes For Being a Sore Loser
As you probably heard, Europe lost to the Americans this past weekend in the Ryder Cup, the first that has happened since the famous comeback in 1999. As much as Americans get ribbed by all other countries for being sore losers and bad sports, the losses the past few years have been accepted with bowed heads but applause to the victors.
When the European team lost at Valhalla, they left with more complaints than the victim of a botched boob job. Lee Westwood complained about the crowds, Boo Weekley, prank calls and people making fun of his mom. Ian Poulter said that 23-year-old (and 5'10") Anthony Kim intentionally bumped into him during a match. The British media might also be a little upset at their "captain."
Westwood has now retracted all his bellyaching because, you know, it made him look even more like a wuss than normal.
"A lot of what I said in Valhalla during and after the Ryder Cup didn't come out quite as I intended and finished up sounding like sour grapes," Westwood said in the statement released by his management company.
"So let me say right now that I applaud America's victory, Paul Azinger's captaincy in general and the vast majority of the watching public who witnessed a titanic struggle between two very good sides.
"I regret that I singled out a small minority of the crowd who had a go at me and my family during competition days because far and away the greater majority were impeccably behaved and got right behind their team as did the excellent European supporters."
He added that he had not wanted to sound like a bad loser.
"My comments about the hecklers and Paul's geeing up the crowd before the event were in no way intended to be an excuse or the words of an ungracious loser because the American team performed brilliantly and fully deserved to win," he said.
"I may not have been too thrilled with one or two things that happened in Valhalla, but I am taking absolutely nothing away from America's win. When you're beaten by a better side, you just have to admit it.
"Well done USA. See you in Celtic Manor (for the next Ryder Cup in 2010)."
Wow, released by his management company, huh? That sure sounds like somebody might have landed in a bit of trouble for all his loose lipped comments. Did you get grounded as well, Lee? Have your parents been able to sleep since that horrible, horrible prank caller rang to wish you good luck? I'm surprised you didn't just rip up your passport and vow never to return to the 50 States. I think those trauma units deal with mental troubles too buddy.