The Masters is my favorite sporting event of the year. As Don and many others have mentioned many times in the past, it's one of the last pieces of America 1.0 still remaining that is actually presented positively (and even talked up) by the media and also sports fans. With CBS's Jim Nantz (in my opinion the best in the business; he's one of the very few non-caste announcers left.) on the call Saturday and Sunday, The Masters is always a memorable event. As was mentioned in the PGA thread, this Masters should be more emotional, as this will be the first Masters without Arnold Palmer in a long time. The King will be greatly missed this week. I'm looking forward to the memories of Palmer that should be making their way on the air this week. This Masters is also the 20th anniversary of Woods' 1997 win, so expect to see a LOT of Tiger worship, especially from ESPN (who covers the Par-3 contest and the first two rounds) the first couple of days. If you want to know what to expect, read this drivel from sports "writer" Bob Harig. In this piece, they interview all of Wood's playing competitors from the tournament, including President of the Tiger Fan Club, Nick Faldo. While the golf page at BSPN has gotten better, there is still a LOT of Tiger articles near the top of the page. http://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id...r-went-ride-tiger-woods-drove-masters-history Getting back to the actual field, since Woods won't be playing, this should be as good as any Masters, in terms of story lines. Red-hot Dustin Johnson is rightfully the favorite coming into Augusta. He's been lights-out as of late, and it'll be interesting to see if he can get his first Green Jacket. However, Augusta's main defense is its greens, and Johnson (although better as of late) has been inconsistent with his putter throughout his career. He'll need his best putting to win this week. Other story lines that will come up during the week will be Rory McIlroy's quest to complete the career grand-slam and win his first Green Jacket, Jordan Spieth's return to Augusta a year after his Sunday Amen Corner collapse, whether or not Jason Day will play due to his mother's cancer, Rickie Fowler's quest for his first major, and (if he's in contention) Phil Mickelson winning his 4th Green Jacket to tie Palmer and Woods for 2nd most behind Jack. Another story I noticed is that it will be Ernie Els' last Masters. He never could quite get over the hump, and his five year exemption from winning the 2012 Open will run out after this year. I'm sure the Golf Channel will be having a lot of coverage this week, so be sure to watch. One of the best weeks of the sports year!!