Fans' outfits attract plenty of attention at Ryder Cup

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Fans' outfits attract plenty of attention at Ryder Cup

MEDINAH Dave Vivolo wasnt exactly sold on wearing a red, white and blue wig. But theres something about a patriotic golf event and a persuasive friend.

I told him I wasnt going to do it but he talked me into it, said Vivolo of good friend Greg Short, both of whom live in southern California. Theres a certain camaraderie between people when you wear a wig or (costumes) or something here. Its very social. All in all, its excellent.

From Bubba Watson goading fans to cheer during his opening tee shots, to the nation-themed garb donned by spectators, the Ryder Cup is an audio and visual display of team and country devotion. For an event like this, the national pride has been evident. Fans have done everything from the subtle, like a wig or an Uncle Sam hat, to the extreme full flag suits and, in one case, a Captain America costume.

And for some, no distance was too far to travel.

Four men from Dublin, Ireland, with flags tied draped over their shoulders, had a weather-related reason to come here.

The sunshine, said Ken Tannen. After the last two European Ryder Cups (in Ireland in 2006 and Wales in 2010) we were so wet we decided to come here. Its absolutely awesome. We were just saying on the No. 1 tee earlier, it doesnt get any better than this.

Some of the outfits have garnered plenty of attention. A group of seven men from Great Britain have become weekend celebrities thanks to their suits, which are Union Jack from head to toe. Several fans stopped to have their picture taken with the group.

We all play golf at the same club back in the UK, so its a boys long week away. Weve had photos taken, national newspapers back home showed us, its been great, said Craig Nightengale, who added the groups been welcomed here. A vast majority of Americans have been great to us. Theyve been very sociable.

Jerry and Rosann Gorman didnt have to travel far for this one. Living just a mile away in Roselle, the Gormans, dressed in plenty of red, white and blue, took in Saturdays matches after volunteering here on Thursday.

Its been fantastic. The whole communitys involved and all the local people are embracing it, said Jerry Gorman. With both the Europeans and Americans, the money doesnt matter. Its all pride and everybodys a good sport.

Rosann agreed, and said the amicable feelings have been among the colorfully decked-out crowds, too.

Its been very interesting, especially with the Europeans. Its been fun to mingle with them, she said. I can listen to those British accents all day.

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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