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Thoughts From the Sidelines

There's green in the landscape—everyone, start your mowers!

By Sumner Spence | Apr 10, 2014

The Masters is my favorite stroke play event to watch among all of the golf venues. That's mostly because of the fact that it is the first golf event I remember watching consistently as a kid. The back nine holes of Augusta National are really great to watch on high-definition TV because of the flowering trees and shrubs. (Yes, mom, your gardening interests have even rubbed off on me.) This course also has some of the most challenging par 5 holes anywhere in the US. This will be a very interesting tournament to watch because there has been no dominant player or two as of yet this golf season. At least 50 percent of the field have a chance to win this, which should make for some really good golf to follow this weekend.

In other sports, there are lots of things worth mentioning. March Madness has closed on a sad note with the news of Michigan State's little princess, Lacey, losing her battle to cancer at way too young an age. The final game was a good one to watch, but Kentucky never really got the chance to make it a tight finish. Kudos to UConn.

The National Hockey League playoffs are right around the corner. Believe it or not, the Philadelphia Flyers have a good chance to advance and even possibly get to the Stanley Cup finals. The odds have to be pretty high for the Flyers to actually take the cup. This is all very surprising given the terrible start the Flyers got off to at the beginning of the season!

In soccer, the English Premiere League season is almost over. Most of those teams only have six games left to play. I believe European soccer is the only mainstream professional sport not to use any kind of playoff system. Because of the absence of playoffs, the regular season means everything. Only three teams have a chance to win the championship: Manchester City, Chelsea Football Club, and Liverpool. It will be a very close race.

And last—and least—there is little to say about baseball so early in the season.

Enjoy the change of weather, everyone. Hopefully it's here to stay for a while!

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