Golf may not be fore (sorry, couldn't resist the pun for those who know golf terms) you, but this year's Ryder Cup was the biggest blowout since the competition changed its format over 40 years ago.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: The 43rd Ryder Cup (which is played every other year between teams from the U.S. and Europe) finished yesterday, so Red couldn't help but travel down memory lane (or should we call it "fairway") and remember watching the 1981 Ryder Cup with our dad. Not only did the Americans win with the largest margin against a European team (originally, the competition was a British team), but it featured some of the greatest golfers (from Jack Nicklaus to Tom Watson to Nick Faldo) of all time. That all changed yesterday when the Americans broke the 40-year record, and with a team where half the players were Ryder Cup rookies. (For a great recap, including a link to the most amazing chip shot, see Axios' "Team USA romps to Ryder Cup win.")

Black, who doesn't typically reminisce (and would prefer to talk about how golf has been having a record year and the associated business implications), remembers Jack Nicklaus' Concession in 1969. It was one of the greatest (and, at the time, controversial) acts of sportsmanship ever seen when Nicklaus conceded Tony Jacklin's putt causing a tie and allowing America to keep the Cup vs. going for an outright win. That single moment represented the spirit of the Ryder Cup, and this year marks the inaugural Nicklaus-Jacklin Award.

It’s hard to believe the topic of the Supreme Court and abortion could become any more controversial or dramatic. But there was no way to know a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade would be leaked to the press. A situation so shocking, it’s being compared to the "Pentagon Papers" leak.

Yes, leaks happen all the time in politics – at the campaign level, sometimes from Congress, and even on occasion from the executive branch. But from the Supreme Court of the United States??? Yet as Black said to Red just after it happened,

Nowadays, it is just too easy to have a “leak” as almost everything is just a “click away” from being shared or printed. No clandestine nights at the copy machine are required.

There’s an expression … throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Well, Supreme Court decisions on “babies” (well, technically fetuses) may also impact its integrity.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: There’s no question the recent Supreme Court cases involving abortion are controversial and may have a major impact on Roe v. Wade; something that both Red (as a mom to two daughters) and Black (as a highly independent woman who made the conscious decision not to have children) have strong feelings about, albeit focused on two very different aspects.

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If you’ve never thought about May Day, don’t worry, most of us haven’t.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red appreciates that some holidays have historical significance, some have ancient traditions, and some are opportunities for one of Black’s unexpected, but often amusing and clever, comments, but May Day checks all those boxes.

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To quote the lyrics from "West Side Story," “Could be … who knows …”

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red, the theater major and lover of Broadway musicals, has loved "West Side Story" for as long as she can remember, so imagine her surprise when Black, usually only interested in the business aspects of the entertainment world, shared a “new” fact (at least, new to Red) about one of the most popular musicals ever produced.

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