Thought for the morning: 110 years ago today, the Olympics were reborn in Athens. The 1896 Games had athletes from 13 countries, and the opening ceremonies were watched by 60,000 spectators and King Georgos I.
110 years ago tomorrow, Georgos founded BALCO.
Just kidding about that last bit. Here's your morning links:
The Masters starts today, and this clip from last year is making the rounds because it has everything: a great shot, that Sunday cathedral of the pines feeling, the utter silence of the crowd watching (and the explosion after), Tiger Woods. This year's edition marks the 10-year anniversary of Norman's collapse, and it's been 20 years since Nicklaus's charge. I'm not much for golf -- but the Masters is something beyond. I covered it once, in 1993, and it was one of those different-world assignments - the fabled foliage has been known to be touched up with spray paint, it's about as conservative and lily-white an audience as you'll find in sports, the pimento sandwiches taste like cardboard and off the tee, no one has a straight lie.
And thanks to Irish Eagle for pointing this Daily Scotsman story out, even if it has a well-duh kind of ring to it: "MEN are nearly twice as likely to walk away from a failing marriage as to abandon their struggling football team, research has revealed. And the divorce rate would halve overnight if men showed the same commitment to their relationships as they did to their teams, according to a study by psychologist Dr Aric Sigman."
Heads-Up Read of the Day: A Fistful of Euros reprints an expats' lament at being stuck in Paris on opening day, poor dear (via Militant Moderate, who has revived the Sportblog roundup, yay!). It's a few years old and the names change, but here's a taste:
Here the stadia thrill to the scrumdowns
And the soccer fans flock to the games
And the chic punt the nags out a Longchamp
Where the women are dames and not dames
But it’s different at Forbes and at Griffith
The homes of the Buc and the Nat
Where the hotdog and peanut share laurels
With the sound of the crack of a bat.