In praise of a good role model in the world of sports 3

Bad boys abound in the world of sports.

In today’s sports section, I was struck by the juxtaposition of two articles which described two very different athletes.

One was about a “bad boy”, Aldon Smith, the talented linebacker of the San Francisco 49ers. As reported in the U.S. Today by Jarrett Bell, Mr. Smith has quite a rap sheet for a 24 year old man … More…

Christian golfer, Bubba Watson, wins the Masters … again! 6

How many 6′ 3″ men do you know with a wife taller than he is?

Meet Gerry Lester Watson Jr., also known as “Bubba.” But it’s not the heighth of Bubba and Angie Watson that matters, nor the length of Bubba’s prodigious drives. It’s the size of the heart of these two committed Christians … More…

The “Bubba Watson for President” movement grows! 3

Quiner’s Diner was the first credible blog to dangle Bubba Watson’s name as a potential presidential candidate. Now Politico has jumped on the bandwagon with coverage of Mr. Watson’s growing presidential ambitions, (“Bubba Watson eyes the White House”), perhaps encouraged by this humble blog’s endorsement … More…

Bubba Watson for President? 4

Bubba Watson turned the world of golf upside down yesterday with his stunning, come-from-behind victory in the Masters Golf Tournament. It got me thinking. Should Republicans consider drafting him as their nominee? I know what you’re saying. He’s only thirty-three, he’s not old enough to be president according to the Constitution. On the other hand, he’s got an authentic U.S. birth certificate. That counts for something, doesn’t it! … More…

Bubba kicks butt while Tiger kicks club 2

By Tom Quiner

Forgive my indelicate headline. I couldn’t resist.

The 2012 Masters just ended with a spectacular victory by Bubba Watson in dramatic sudden-death. Watson started the final round three shots behind third round leader, Peter Hanson of Sweden.

He watched his playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, make a spectacular double-eagle on the second hole to quickly vault to the lead. At one point, Watson trailed Oosthuizen by as many five strokes.

But he didn’t give up, reeling off four consecutive birdies on the back side to catch Oosthuizen and force the playoff.

They halved the first hole, with Watson winning it on the second with a par.

Here is what struck me about the Masters this year.

Bubba Watson was passionate, bursting into tears with his final putt for victory. He was a gracious winner.

Louis Oosthuizen lost with class and a stoicism which becomes a real man.

The same goes for the great Phil Mickelson, one of the pre-tournament favorites. Mickelson started the final round a shot back but quickly dropped back with a disastrous triple bogey on the fourth hole.

He didn’t give up, battling back to two shots back before he ran out of holes.

One player stood out for his lack of class and his lack of stoicism in the face of disappointment, and that is Tiger Woods.

The thirty-six year old golfing great exhibited the maturity of a teenager when he kicked his club on the sixteen hole after another poor shot.

Tiger, it’s time to grow up. Your routine is growing old.

You can watch Mr. Woods in all his glory in the video above.

Congratulations, Bubba!