Ryder Cup fans arrive fashionably early, and for good reason

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Ryder Cup fans arrive fashionably early, and for good reason

MEDINAH It was barely 10 a.m., more than an hour before the first singles match began Sundays Ryder Cup play. But at the No. 1 tee, everyone was fashionably early.

The No. 1 tee grandstands were filled to capacity early, as spectators jockeyed for position there and along the fairway prior to the singles matches 11:03 a.m. start. Behind the grandstands, there was a sizable line of people still hoping to get a seat.

Those who were there early got a good seat and better entertainment. Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison sang several songs, including God Bless America and, of course, the Star-Spangled Banner. Fans honored the national anthem in typical United Center fashion, cheering throughout.

The cheering and USA chants continued through the 10 a.m. hour.

The US team leads Europe 10-6 going into this final day. Singles matches begin at 11:03 a.m., with Bubba Watson vs. Northwestern graduate and Chicago resident Luke Donald.

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

In terms of overall satisfaction for a fanbase in total, it'd be hard for any team could beat the Cubs' faithful right now.

Ending a 108-year drought will make even the most pessimistic of fans ecstatic.

So it's no surprise Wrigley Field would be considered one of the happiest places on Earth.

To counteract "Blue Monday," CNN discussed 15 of the world's happiest places and Wrigley was included.

But the kicker is — CNN doesn't even mention the World Series championship.

Here's the rationale:


"Wrigley Field, on a warm summer night when the breeze off Lake Michigan makes the flags flutter and your cheeks flush with relief from the damp heat.

"No matter where you sit, you are close to the field, which makes you feel both the intimacy of the game and the immensity of it.

"The players, standing just feet away from you, feel like giants. And the vendors in the stands hawking hot dogs and beers and Italian ice really are a study in that particular species of Chicago native."


Don't know many people who would argue with that.

The only other American location on the list was Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Other worldwide locations include Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand and Copenhagen.

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Bears Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard will have a new positional coach in 2017.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Bears are expected to hire former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins as their running backs coach.

Before joining the 49ers in 2016, Modkins served as the Detroit Lions running backs coach from 2013-15. Modkins broke into the NFL as a running backs coach with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. After serving one year in Kansas City, Modkins left for the same job with the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. The following season Modkins took a promotion with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the team's offensive coordinator from 2010-12.

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Modkins will be reunited in Chicago with reported new Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn. The duo worked together for three seasons with the Lions from 2013-15.

The Bears were in need of a new running backs coach after Stan Drayton departed to take an associate head coaching job under Tom Herman at the University of Texas.