- Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
There are few men on earth who can understand what it's like to be Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Fewer still understand what Romo is going through from an injury perspective, and one of those is a bit concerned.
Troy Aikman, a Cowboys legend, retired after 12 years in the league in large part because of back difficulties. Speaking to the Cowboys' website, Aikman was frank about his perspective on Romo's prospects: "Two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned."
Make no mistake, Aikman is firmly in Romo's corner. But he's taking a pragmatic view of Romo's injury recovery. “I’m hopeful that he’s able to come back," Aikman said. "Everybody is. This team won’t be the same if he’s not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, ‘Hey, he’s ahead of schedule and everything’s going fine,’ I’m not sure how you can really measure that here in April.”
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf3 days ago
Bubba Watson hit the Waffle House after winning the Masters. You already know this. But further details of his post-green-jacket journey are beginning to seep out, and they verify the fact that Watson is most definitely the people's choice among golfers.
The Augusta Chronicle is reporting that Watsonhit an Augusta Steak & Shake for shakes around midnight, then followed that up with the Waffle House visit. (His order: double grilled cheese and scattered and covered hash browns.)
According to the Chronicle's sources, Watson left a $24 tip at Steak & Shake and a $148 tip at the Waffle House. Generous, but then again, he'd just won $1.6 million a few miles up the road. He can probably afford it.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile3 days ago
As you head to the post office or the IRS's website to pay your taxes, spare a thought for America's poor athletes, who are paying an average of $1 million apiece in taxes each year.
All right, "poor" doesn't really properly describe someone who makes enough to pay seven figures in taxes. A new study by Fields of Green, a USA Today project, indicates that NFL, NBA and MLB athletes will pay a total of $3 billion in taxes on their 2013 income. (For reference, the IRS will collect an estimated $2.5 trillion in income taxes for 2013.) Athletes' total salary in those three sports is estimated at $9 billion.
As Fields of Green notes, most athletes' income is taxed at the highest rate, 39.6 percent. They'll also pay an extra 0.9 percent on income more than $250,000 to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. Deductions only take the total rate to about 33 percent, leading to the $3 billion tax figure.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile3 days ago
Last Monday, WWE honored the Ultimate Warrior with a Hall of Fame tribute. The very next day, Warrior died in Scottsdale, Ariz., victim of a massive heart attack. This week, WWE offered its tribute:
Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig, died from what the Maricopa County medical examiner's office termed natural causes brought on by “atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”
In effect, he delivered his own eulogy on Monday night, saying, "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever."
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf4 days ago
Where else would Bubba Watson go after winning the Masters but the Waffle House? At about 1:30 in the morning, Watson, his wife Angie and several friends hit a Waffle House somewhere near Augusta National to celebrate.
You can't tell if he's wearing the green jacket in that photo, but fear not, lords of Augusta National: Bubba did not get scattered n' smothered hash browns on the revered fabric. Here's another angle from a friend:
It's reminiscent of the time in 2010 when Phil Mickelson took his kids to a nearby Krispy Kreme while wearing the green jacket:
AUGUSTA, Ga. – A crowd of thousands had gathered around the practice green at Augusta, standing ten deep and leaning over the railing of the clubhouse's famous veranda. Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National, was in the midst of introducing dozens of representatives of golf associations from around the world. Adam Scott, defending champion, looked every bit as smooth as he ever does. A sea of green jackets flanked them all.
And in the middle of it all, the man of the hour, the one for whom all this pomp and circumstance was necessary, sat up straight, fingers steepled on his knees, looking exactly like a fidgety kid waiting outside the principal's office.
Bubba Watson, 2014 Masters champion, is an absolute mess of contradictions that somehow come together to form a world-beating whole.
Start right at the very top: This is a guy named "Bubba" who's won the most prestigious golf tournament on Earth not once, but twice. "Bubba" is a name for the guys who spent the weekend at the NASCAR race over in Darlington, not for gentlemen of means who gather beneath the majestic oaks and towering pines of Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — On Saturday night, just after finishing his round, Bubba Watson offered up a curious quote about the pressure of playing for a Masters championship:
"If I shoot 90 tomorrow I still have a green jacket," he said, "so it's not as bad."
Not exactly the go-for-the-throat line you'd expect, but then, Watson hasn't ever done much in the game of golf in the expected fashion. So it's perfectly in keeping with his life and style that a guy who once wanted to drive the General Lee up Magnolia Lanebecame just the 17th man to win more than one Masters. His performance on Sunday lacked the dramatic playoff heroics of his first win, back in 2012, but the fact that Watson was able to hold onto a lead throughout the tournament – he was the leader at the end of Rounds 2 and 3, too – speaks to his growth as a golfer.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — It's by no means certain, but if Jordan Spieth, age 20, was able to pull off the improbable and win the Masters on Sunday, he'd join an impressive club of young victors, champions who won their sport's highest honors while still basically overgrown kids. Let's run down some of the great young talent who made their marks early:
Youngest to win a Masters: Tiger Woods, 1997. He was 21 years old, and won by 12 strokes. Chances are Spieth won't beat the second mark, but he very well could top the first.
Youngest to win Wimbledon: Boris Becker won the men's singles championship in 1985 at age 17. Lottie Dod won the women's singles in 1885 at age 15, as we all well remember.
Youngest to win the Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 at the tender age of 20 years and one day, becoming the first driver since the race's beginnings to win Daytona in his first attempt.
Youngest Olympic gold medalist, individual event: Kusuo Kitamura of Japan won the 1,500-meter freestyle swimming event in 1932 at age 14. Four years later, Marjorie Gestring won the three-meter springboard event at age 13.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Each year when The Masters kicks off and the eyes of the sporting world turn to Augusta, this town on the banks of the Savannah River does all it can to capture the attention of tourists. Restaurants, liquor stores and exotic dance clubs run Masters-themed specials. Billboards throughout town try to lure in golf patrons with a few extra bucks to spend. And this year, some politically-minded folk are getting in on the bad-golf-pun act.
Breitbart brings us this photoof some golf-themed anti-Obama posters popping up here and there around Augusta. It's important to note that Augusta Country Club, pictured in the photo above, is NOT Augusta National, home of the Masters, but is immediately adjacent to the home of the Masters.
- Jay Busbee at Devil Ball Golf6 days ago
AUGUSTA, Ga. — If you're following the tired old cliché about the Masters not beginning until the back nine on Sunday, you're missing some fine golf. Yes, there's no Tiger, and Phil tapped out Friday night. But we've still got star power young and old up and down the leaderboard. Below, we run down the leading contenders for this year's Masters.
Jordan Spieth (-5): The story of the Masters on Sunday. He's 20 years old; he's been on a rocket ascent that no one could have predicted. Every opportunity that Spieth has had to gag, he's risen to the occasion with uncommon grace and tenacity. If he manages to win in his first appearance, he'll be the first to do so since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, and he'll eclipse Tiger Woods' mark as the youngest Masters winner ever. No pressure.