Talking Points: Underdogs rule Sunday



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It was an underdog kind of Sunday.

In golf, you had a guy ranked 1,207th in the world winning the PGA Tour event.

In NASCAR, you had two drivers part of an underfunded program racing past two of the sport’s giants to finish 1-2 at Talladega.

The thing about rookie golfer Derek Ernst was that he began the week as an alternate for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

He ended the weekend with a $1.2 million check and guaranteed spots in six big-time tournaments including the PGA Championship and next year’s Masters.

As for Talladega winner David Ragan and teammate David Gilliland, they showed a small team like Front Row Motorsports can be just as good (or lucky) as Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing.


Congratulations to all the Southwest Washington high school senior football players who were recognized Sunday by the Clark County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The winners are listed in a story on Page B3 of the print edition.

This is the 21st year the Clark County chapter has awarded scholarships, and the total has surpassed $300,000.


The next time you see the Stanley Cup on TV … or in person … ponder these facts (thanks to The Dan Patrick Show):

• It takes 14 beers to fill the Cup. This is an important stat for all hockey players.

• It takes 65 years for a team’s winning roster to be retired from the Cup’s base.

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