AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Masters is about so many things.

Gang, hit us with your questions for the mailbag. Giddy-up. We will be doing more Twitter (@jgreesontfp) than normal the next few days.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Last time we were here, we celebrated Adam Scott ending the Aussie curse with an elongated putter in a spring Georgia rain that washed away a career of frustrating shortcomings for the man and a lifetime of agony for his country.

The basketball programs at UConn are the men's and women's champions. That's pretty impressive.

ARLINGTON, Texas — In another time, in a different sport, what Connecticut used Monday night to defeat Kentucky in NCAA basketball championship game inside the AT&T Stadium the Dallas Cowboys also call home was known as "Doomsday Defense."

ATLANTA — When Hank Aaron launched Al Downing's pitch over the wall in left-center field at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium at 9:07 p.m. 40 years ago Tuesday, he did more than break Babe Ruth's all-time home run record. He helped bring a city and a region together.

UConn cuts down the nets. Kentucky limped to the finish line (and the foul line — more on that in a moment). We enjoyed the Dance. We forgot the regular season.

ARLINGTON, Texas — As Kentucky and Connecticut readied for Monday night's NCAA basketball title game, the sport they play has spent most of the season being beaten down for all that's wrong with it. The one-and-done debate. Too many games. Too much television exposure. Questionable officiating. Dwindling crowds.

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — The "biggest story" for women's basketball [the past couple of weeks] may not be the NCAA Division I women's final four but, once again, the issue of hiring practices for women's coaches across the nation and, more disturbingly, the hiring practices in the best NCAA conference in the nation.

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Kentucky is awesome. UConn is clutch.

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Aaron and Andrew Harrison weren't always identical twins about to share the backcourt for Kentucky against Connecticut in tonight's NCAA title game.

NORTH TEXAS — The smile rarely leaves Scottie Wilbekin's face these days.

Editor's note: Times Free Press staff writers Jay Greeson and Barry Courter periodically will discuss issues in youth sports.

Gang, excellent week and thanks as always for the questions. We'll kick around a bunch of this craziness on our radio show Press Row later today with our man David Paschall on ESPN 105.1 FM and simulcast here on

According to Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, into the Wildcats' locker room a few weeks ago was wheeled a casket, from which Cal soon popped up proclaiming, "We aren't dead yet."

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