Wow, what a weekend. It was a crazy Sunday afternoon in Augusta, and here’s saying it will be a crazy Monday too, with our TFP golf writer David Uchiyama playing Augusta National today. (Yes, we’re very afraid.)
Anyway, hope you followed along some through the weekend and as much fun as we had, we’re happy to be home.
From the “Talk too much studios,” here we go.
Charl Schwartzel, right, of South Africa, helps Bubba Watson put on the green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament following a sudden death playoff on the 10th hole Sunday, April 8, 2012, in Augusta, Ga.(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Ladies and gentleman, your Masters champion, the man you know better as that long-haired free spirit from the ”What’s going down at the Atlanta Theater episode,” of “That’s My Redneck,” mister Bubba WATSON.
That boy is good. Good and terrible.
And good and terrible was enough for Watson because he was at his best immediately after he was at his most terrible. He called it Bubba Golf; we call it a weekend foursome.
Dude has all the shots and then some. There may be 14 clubs in his back but there are endless possibilities.
It was a fun back nine, and the Masters remains the best golf tournament because that course makes some one go win the dang thing rather than survive it.
And Bubba Golf won it.
Side note: Anyone else notice that Bubba said "Go Dawgs," and then thanked Jesus Christ. Yeah, we didn't either.
Wow, our man Fred edged a crowded leaderboard in the Mastering the Masterful Masters Challenge.
With the points breakdown (10 for first, 7 for second, 5 for third, 4 for fourth and 3 for fifth and 1 for everyone that made the cut), each of the four golfers tied got 3 points.
Here’s the top 10 and ties, great job all the way around. (Fred hit us with an e-mail and we’ll get you a Masters hat. It’s pretty sweet.)
Fred — 18 of Bubba (10), Phil (3), Westwood (3), Tiger (1), Hunter Mahan (1)
Mrs. 5-at-10 — 16
CelticVol — 16
5-at-10 — 14
BeachBum — 12
StuckinKent — 9
TFP UT ace Downtown Patrick Brown — 9
scole023 — 7
SportTalk’s Dr. B (he is a doctor after all) — 7
SportTalk’s Cowboy Joe — 7
FEChancellor — 7
New York Mets' Ruben Tejada (11) reacts toward his team's dugout after hitting a two-run double during the sixth inning of a baseball game, as Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman stands nearby, Sunday, April 8, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
It’s official: the Atlanta Braves will not win a game this season.
They are going to go 0-161 (there will be a rain-out in late May and there will be no sense in making it up since the Braves will be eliminated by Flag Day).
Is that over the top enough for you folks?
OK, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk rationally. The Braves were swept by the Mets. That’s not good. They are hitting .151 as a team. That’s really not good.
But hey, at least they’ve scored more runs than the Phillies. (Take that Chase Utley.)
Gang, lighten up it’s April. We just found all the Easter eggs and some redneck named Bubba emerged from the Georgia pines as a national hero — and he wasn’t even carrying a 12-point buck.
This and that
— We’ll get into this more as we catch-up on the stuff we missed, but sweet buckets of karma, how about that Bobby Petrino. Somewhere Arthur Blank and Tommy Tuberville are grinning ear-to-ear and are not really sure why.
— Now that the Masters is in the rear-view, we’ll start to turn our attention toward the NFL draft. This makes us happy. We love the draft. You know this.
— Everytime we have watched LeBron this season he has played like a man with something to prove. Does that mean he’ll win the title? Who knows? But dude is on a mission.
— Kansas superstar Thomas Robinson has declared for the draft. Dude is going to be a force, and this is going to be a super-deep NBA draft.
What would you do?
If you were the dude from Pennsylvania who caught the Titleist Louis Oosthuizen tossed into the gallery after making his historic double-eagle on No. 2 Sunday, what would you do?
At least one website was offering $20,000 as soon as it happened. The members at Augusta National dispatched a coupel of green-cloaked fellows over to inquire about the ball.
In the end, the guy gave it back to the club as a gesture according to the club.
What would you have done?
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...
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