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Jay Busbee is a writer and columnist for Yahoo! Sports, as well as an avowed Atlanta sports apologist.

  • Troy Aikman is 'concerned' about Tony Romo's back

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    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.”

    Romo and Aikman have plenty of parallels. Romo is also entering his 12th year,

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  • Bubba Watson left a sweet tip at the Waffle House, Steak n' Shake

    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 Watson hit 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.

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  • 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:

    Phil Mickelson at the Krispy Kreme.

    True, Jack and Arnie didn't do this sort of thing. But you know they wanted to.

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  • The yin and yang of Bubba Watson

    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

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  • Bubba Watson wins Masters in relentless, efficient fashion

    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 Lane became 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.

    He shrugged off an early bogey on No. 3, wasn't fazed by two Jordan Spieth birdies putting him two shots behind, and wound up firing a 3-under 69, enough for a three-stroke

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  • Jordan Spieth could join an exclusive group of young winners

    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

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  • Anti-Obama signs show up in Augusta near the site of the Masters

    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 photo of 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.

    "If you like your handicap, you can keep your handicap," reads one, a reference to Obama's infamous and not-entirely-true "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" line used while promoting the Affordable Care Act. Another reads "Sub Par,"

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  • 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.

    "[Sunday] is about seeing how I can control my game and emotions out on the golf course against guys that have even won here recently," Spieth said. "So they have been in the position. I haven't. Doesn't necessarily

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  • That gentleman above is Jeff Knox. No matter what you're doing this weekend, Jeff's got one up on you.

    Knox is the official Augusta "marker," a tournament representative who plays in the event that an odd number of players make the cut. Many other tournaments simply send that odd man out on his own, but at Augusta, you're always under the care of the club, even out on the course.

    This year, Rory McIlroy was the 51st and final player to make the cut, meaning that Knox got to tee it up Saturday morning with a two-time major champion. Not a bad way to spend a day.

    The purpose of a marker is twofold: to keep the pro's scorecard and to help with the pace of play. Plus, it can get lonely out there on a golf course all by yourself; why not have someone along to pass the time?

    Knox is no chump on the course; no, that would not do at Augusta. He holds the course record at Augusta with a 61, a score he achieved in 2002. (It should be noted that he played from the member tees; from the pro tees,

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  • 18 thoughts on Phil Mickelson's difficult Masters week

    AUGUSTA, Ga. ­­­– Phil Mickelson did not play particularly well the first two rounds of The Masters. He shot a 76 on Thursday and a 73 on Friday to finish at +5, and as a result he’s headed home for the final two days. Here, then, are a few thoughts on Phil at the midpoint of The Masters.

    1. I probably don’t need to begin with this disclaimer, but it’s relevant for what follows. I have never won a Masters, and neither, I assume, have you. (If you have, let’s talk. Perhaps over a round of golf at a certain Georgia club.) Matter of fact, I’ve never even played in a Masters, and thus I don’t know what it’s like to miss the cut in one.

    2. That said, Mickelson’s demeanor in the wake of almost surely missing the cut on Friday could best be described as “unusual.” He was smiling as he came off the green, smiling as he tossed his glove to a young fan, smiling as he embraced his wife and bro-hugged a few patrons, smiling as he approached the media, for heaven’s sake. Who does that? Sure, it

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