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Want to know the importance of finding new fans?

Well, even the Masters reaches outside of its comfort zone.

If you are not aware of Dude Perfect, the collection of sports and prank-playing fellows who are internet sensations, then you likely do not have a teenage son. And that's OK. (Side note: And by "internet sensations," I mean 57 million YouTube followers, which likely generates enough money that the perfect Dude Perfects could afford the Augusta National dues.)

But you want to know something that's kind of unknown cool about Augusta National? It is willing to partner with the dudes from Dude Perfect and have them kick soccer balls toward the holes on Amen Corner — and do it with Bryson DeChambeau — and use croquet mallets and hockey sticks as putters in an effort to get golf in front of different audiences.

It's more than smart for a game like golf, which has a fan base with the median age of an Alexian sock-hop.

It's downright perfect, Dude.

 

An A in BBQ

Steve Ray is as much a fixture in Ooltewah as the Summit or the long line at the Chick-fil-A.

Thursday, Ray, the owner of Owl's Nest BBQ and Steve Ray's Midnite Oil Service & Tire Direct, visited Ooltewah High to help Steve Knofpke's culinary class get some hands-on lessons in barbecuing, and they went whole hog.

Literally.

After prepping the whole hog, Ooltewah senior Madison Burlingham took the overnight watch for the 17-hour cook.

"Under Madison's guidance, the hog turned out perfectly, and some of the staff and students at OHS got a pre-spring break send-off of the ultimate BBQ dish Friday for lunch," Ray wrote in an email Friday.

Gang, now that's some life lessons right there.

 

Hair today, gone tomorrow

If you are looking for a side hustle, this one is hair-raising, to say the least.

The folks at the male grooming website rooftopsquad.com are looking to hire someone who will grow and keep a mullet for 12 months to see how people treat mulleted men.

Apparently the site "wants to hire the soon-to-be 'Mullet Master' to grow the iconic '80s hairstyle" to see if "mullet discrimination" is prevalent in 2022.

Hair discrimination? OK. But my guess is it would have to be among adults. Mullets are as common among boys around school campuses as athletic shorts and hoodies.

But, as the site notes in its news release, "mullet discrimination is also nothing new. Iran banned the style in 2010, and venues in Australia have been accused of 'mullet discrimination.'

"The lucky candidate will be asked to shave their head and proceed to grow a mullet, documenting their experience along the way. In return for their restyle, the candidate will be offered a payment of $12,000 and a bonus of $5,000 if they decide to keep their mullet after the study period."

Applicants must be 18; the search ends in the middle of this month.

And you can tell your friends you are donating your scalp to science. And paying tribute to Billy Ray Cyrus.

 

Obit observations

The numbers in obits frequently catch my eye.

There was the long and productive 102 years of Anne Roberts, who died late last month. She was a longtime bookkeeper at the Howard School, her alma mater.

Beyond years, the numbers of family members also can be telling of the reach of someone's time on Earth.

Take Jeannette Hall, who like Roberts also died on March 30 and had six siblings. But that was just the beginning of her family tree.

She had 10 kids, 28 grandkids, 60 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Yep, the matriarch of a line of more than 100.

May they remember her fondly.

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6273. Follow him on Twitter @jgreesontfp.

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