The Masters is upon us. Today’s five things to know will get you ready for the excitement that is golf. Finally, a reason to wear our argyle socks and vest while watching Happy Gilmore on repeat.
The Last Night’s Game Team
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Five things to know about the Masters
The Masters, starts on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
- The famed green jacket became a tradition in 1949. Members of the club decided on green so fans in attendance at the tournament could spot them in case they had questions. The tournament winner receives an esteemed green jacket and the tournament winner from last year is the one to ceremoniously help him put it on.
- It doesn’t matter who you are - journalist or a patron, there is a strict no cell phone policy at Augusta National. Don’t even try it as getting caught will land you a lifetime ban from the tournament.
- Despite the prestige of the course, the food is cheap with everything under $3 and beer for $5. We’ll drink to that.
- Becoming a member of Augusta National Golf Course is somewhat of a mystery. There is no listed criteria for membership and the members list is not public. Ron Townsend was named the first African American member in 1990 and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became first woman member in 2012. Way to keep up with the times.
- CBS (longtime broadcast partner of the tournament) pumps in bird noises during the telecast to make it seem even more like a “natural paradise.” (Apparently they’ve admitted to doing this for other tournaments as well). At least nothing will swoop down and steal your $3 popcorn.
You can watch all of the Masters’ coverage on CBS or cbssports.com.
NCAA Basketball (College)
- What a game! In what is said to be one of the best national championship games in history, Villanova Wildcats beat North Carolina Tar Heels (77-74) to win the title on Monday. The lead changed often during the game but it all came down to the last few seconds when Tar Heels' Marcus Paige hit a miraculous three-point shot to tie the game at 74-74 with 4.7 seconds left. Then the Wildcats drove length of the floor, gave the ball to Kris Jenkins who hit the game winning three-pointer to win the game with less than a second left.
This was Villanova’s first national championship since 1985 and Villanova senior Ryan Arcidiacono was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
- The greatest. There were Tar Heel alum everywhere at this game with the most famous, Michael Jordan, behind the bench. While you may have seen the crying memes of Jordan all over social media, his actual reaction to the final shot was a nod then looked at his friend and said “good shot.”
- One for the record books. Last night the UConn women did something no women's team has done before, win their fourth consecutive national championship, beating Syracuse 82-51. UConn’s Breanna Stewart brought home her fourth Final Four Most Outstanding Player award, becoming the first to win the award four years in a row.
On top of the world. A shout out of congratulations to our inaugural Last Night’s Game Bracket Challenge winner, Dave. Thanks for playing!
NBA (National Basketball Association)
- Good morning class. The NBA has announced the inductees to the 2016 Hall of Fame. The 10 inductees are lead by:
- Shaquille 'Shaq' O’Neal – played for Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics
- Allen Iverson - played for Philadelphia 76ers
- Yao Ming - played for Houston Rockets
- Tom Izzo - head coach of Michigan State
Inductees will be honored in a ceremony on September 9th.
- John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” issued a challenge to baseball fans. Last week a Yankees executive made a comment that some of their premium ticket holders felt uncomfortable sitting next to fans who paid less because they bought their seats on a ticket resale website. (The team implemented a new policy this season to ban print-at-home tickets in hopes that it will combat this predicament.) So Oliver, who called the Yankees “elitist,” created a contest to put riffraff in premium seats. The winners were two guys dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cowabunga dude!
- Boston Red Sox' designated hitter David Ortiz hit a home run in the first game of his last season before retirement. Ortiz has been in the league since 1997 and will retire at the end of this season.
- Now you can coach from anywhere. The NFL has announced that the Thursday night football games will be streamed live through Twitter.