- 19 Sep 06, 11:23 AM
STRAFFAN - I promised not to talk about the traffic in the Dublin area so I won't say anymore about the French farmers' style roadblock that is the M50.
I will say, however, that this is Dublin Mobility Week. I wouldn't want to be here - in any kind of a hurry - any other week of the year.
But far more interesting than traffic is the Irish reaction to the arrival of the two teams on Monday.
That reaction, as far as I can tell, is a mixture of amusement and horror. But I don't blame them...did you see those tweed jackets/tank tops the Americans were wearing?
Now I can't work out if Tom Lehman (who is looking more and more like Kevin Costner every day) and co are just playing along with the whole "aren't Ryder Cup outfits supposed to be daft" thing or they do actually think it is smart to turn up looking like the posh bloke from the Fast Show's Ted and Ralph sketches. I fear it is the latter.
What is it with American men of a certain age and their obsession with "classic" looks? What next, the toga?
I have a feeling that this librarian meets poacher creation was inspired by some old-fashioned view of what the Irish themselves wear when enjoying the great outdoors. The "begorrah, top o' the mornin' ta yer" Ireland of The Quiet Man or Ryan's Daughter or Boston's St Patrick's Day celebrations.
Well those days are ancient history. In 2006, the Irish wear jeans and man-made fabrics, they even have traffic.
But in keeping with the corinthian ideals of Samuel Ryder and the post-Brookline detente between the two sides I should probably mention the Europeans' travel outfits too.
Put it this way, we're winning the fashion stakes but it's going to be a close-run thing. It was very much a case of the proverbial mixed bag for Team Europe at Dublin airport on Monday.
Some, like Darren Clarke and Luke Donald, managed to make their grey zip-up and black suede donkey jacket combo look quite trendy. After all, as anybody who has flicked through a Glamour or Grazia recently knows, grey is this season's in colour.
Others, such as Ian Woosnam, looked like what the man on the radio this morning described as "newly separated, middle-aged men being dressed by their new, young girlfriends". Colin Montgomerie, ironically, looked pretty good in his team duds.
My real worry is that having just witnessed Woosnam give a press conference dressed in a shocking pink fleece, once more zipped up to the neck, the airport outfit was the high-water mark of Europe's wardrobe this week.
You've been warned.
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