Like many of you, I marveled over the shot Bubba Watson hit to win the 2012 Masters Tournament. You remember it: the hooked pitching wedge shot from the trees right of the 10th fairway, his ball dancing on the green to set up his win over Louis Oosthuizen in the sudden-death playoff. Great shot. Great champion.
We here in the sports department don't always like to talk about sports. In fact, we prefer to talk about a variety of current topics, mainly the latest in entertainment. A recent discussion brought us to the subject of Christmas films. Everyone has a different list of what the greatest ones are. If sports editor John Boyette was in the office right now, he'd probably try to sneak "Caddyshack" somewhere in his top 10.
Our lists aren't perfect, but here goes:
1. It’s a Wonderful Life – Pass the tissues.
Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe is going all out with his support of Ray Guy for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If you missed it, Kluwe wore a sticky note that read "Vote Ray Guy" over his jersey's Hall of Fame patch Sunday. He believes he'll get a $5,000 fine from the NFL and he wrote on Twitter it's "totallyworthitthough."
You can read the story and see the sticky note at cbssports.com, here.
It’s been more than a month since the Georgia Board of Regents voted for “Georgia Regents University” to be the new name for the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities. And the firestorm created by the BOR selecting that name continues to burn bright.
Congratulations to Dr. Ricardo Azziz today. He's managed to merge two fine universities and alienate (and infuriate) many Augustans at the same time by helping usher in the vomitous name of the new school.
Georgia Regents University.
The committee overseeing the merger between Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities released the highly-anticipated list of three names for the new university last week. And of course, none of the names will make us all happy.
I waited a week to see how if my knee-jerk reactions would subside. They didn't. There's one name, one acronym that's just plain offensive on many levels. There's one name that's downright laughable. And the other name is vanilla, but sometimes vanilla can be OK.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield first became popular for his classic bit "What's in a name?" before hitting superstar status in the 1980s. The premise of the joke: He goes to see a shyster who tells him he has a great personality, but he needs a new name; his real name was Jacob Cohen. For $500, he offers him "Rodney Dangerfield." Dangerfield doesn't like his new name at first and tries to return it, but he can't find the man he bought it from -- because the other man changed his name.
With two majors down and two to go, the PGA Tour is halfway through its season, and some of the Augusta-area players have work to do to retain their PGA Tour card for the 2013 season. Here's a mid-season look at Augusta-area players (and those who played at Augusta State and USC Aiken) on their respective professional tours. If someone is not in the top 200 on their respective money list, then they are not listed. And if I missed someone, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll update in the near future.
The United States Golf Association officials have a wicked sense of officials. Much has already been said about their interesting pairings, including the threesome to watch today: reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson, four-time major winner Phil Mickelson and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods. What hasn't been discussed? The group teeing off directly in front of them at 10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn (OK), Branden Grace (OK) and Kevin Na (Oh No!).