The Masters: an event unlike any other

Jake Rinehart
Staff Writer

This weekend is the 2018 Masters Tournament and that’s made me realize that there’s no better weekend in all of sports.

People may argue that Super Bowl weekend is great, or that the start of March Madness Tournament is better, but my response to them is that they are incorrect.

I attended Super Bowl weekend this year in Minneapolis. It was a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong, but it was cold. It was one game being played in Minneapolis that didn’t include any of my favorite teams, and you had to go home knowing that winter wasn’t over.

While March Madness is great too, it doesn’t even compare to the Masters. You spend hours, upon hours, neglecting your school work and your job to prepare brackets and make bets on teams and try to scout the team that will make a big run.

The start of March Madness is a full-time job for me. There are so many games being played simultaneously, that it’s hard to keep up with.

March Madness pulls me in with all the games during the first weekend, but quickly loses me the Monday after that weekend when I wake up and there isn’t a basketball game on for another five days.

But, the Masters is a glorious time because spring is in the air, the snow is melting, the weather becomes nice, and there is so much going on.

Baseball has just embarked on a brand new season and the Twins look pretty good this year. The buzz is back around ballparks from coast-to-coast. Fans everywhere are eating hot dogs and drinking beer. It won’t be too long until the dog days of Summer and we, too, can enjoy being at the ballpark once again.

The Wild clinched a spot in the playoffs Tuesday night and I could not be more excited for playoff hockey.

Playoff hockey is the type of hockey we play growing up: it is full of big hits, trash talking, and people laying it all out on the ice for their team. In my opinion, there is no better hockey than playoff hockey.

The NBA season is winding down and with only four games left in the regular season, the Timberwolves have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Karl-Anthony Towns is having an incredible year with the Wolves and may earn a few awards when the season is finished.

March Madness has just concluded with Villanova winning the championship over Michigan. It was an exciting tournament filled with upsets across the board.

Not too long after the NFL Draft is the Kentucky Derby on May 5. The Kentucky Derby is one of the greatest events in all of sports. The pageantry that goes along with the event is just beautiful. The hats that the ladies wear is incredible in size and style. But the race is at center stage.

The racing of the Kentucky Derby is like none-other. Seeing a majestic and beautiful animal like a horse run at top speed puts me at a loss for words. Also, just the thought of the history at Churchill Downs is enough to give you chills. It is also incredible to think that you can watch a race take place where the famous Secretariat made history.

But, all of these events begin with the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, which begins today.

The Masters is the first event that sweeps you off your feet and takes your mind, body and soul into a craving for summer.

From the beautifully cut blades of grass and the color in all of the flowers, to the way the sun shines down on Amen Corner, nothing beats Masters weekend.

Nothing certainly beats Masters weekend with Tiger Woods either. Since making his comeback a month ago, Tiger has become the odds-on favorite to win the Masters and capture his fifth green jacket.

The best part about the Masters is the trophy, which is an exclusive green jacket that only Masters champions receive. It is arguably one of the greatest trophies in all of sports because you can wear it.

I understand that you can wear a championship ring from another sport, but unless you are trying to show the ring off, not many people will notice.

But if you go out wearing a green jacket, everyone notices. Only the best of the best receive a green jacket, and an even smaller percentage get multiple.

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