Augusta National has been Tiger-proofed in recent years, with length, trees and rough added. But is it now too challenging? In '07 Zach Johnson (one over) became the first over-par winner since 1956. Last year Trevor Immelman had the highest final round (a three-over 75) of any champ. Follow this year's carnage on ESPN (early rounds) and CBS (weekend).
This is an article from the April 13, 2009 issue
Once a Runner
Self-published in 1978, John L. Parker Jr.'s novel about a fanatical college miler became a cult classic—in 2007 and '08 it was the most-searched title on the out-of-print directory Bookfinder.com. Rejoice, reading runners and running readers: This week Scribner rereleases the book SI once called "the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner."
March Madness wasn't so mad after all, but the NCAA hockey tournament has much to offer upset lovers. Bemidji State, the lowest-ranked school in the 16-team bracket, beat powerhouses Notre Dame and Cornell to earn its first Frozen Four berth. (All games are on ESPN.) The Beavers' semifinal opponent on Thursday? Miami of Ohio, another regional No. 4 seed.
The Science of Speed
The National Science Foundation meets NASCAR Nation: The NSF just unveiled a cool, 12-part series of online videos explaining the physics of stock car racing and the principles that keep drivers safe at 200 mph. (See them at Science360.gov.) The videos include interviews with drivers Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards, plus several Sprint Cup crew chiefs and engineers.
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The shot of the week
This one is better than LeBron James's 75-foot heave on 60 Minutes last month. A jogger on a second-story indoor track picks up a stray basketball, heaves it between his legs while running and swishes it through a hoop below. (Search "throwdown 3927" on YouTube.) Who is this sharpshooter? Why was someone filming his jog? Who cares.
The Pop Culture Grid
|Athletes in the mix||First thing I do when I wake up in the morning||Food that's been in my fridge the longest||Teammates would be shocked to know I ...||I'd love to wrestle with ...||_____ really needs to lose the attitude|
|MARVIN WILLIAMS Hawks F||Pray||Pizza Hut pizza—five days||Listen to Fall Out Boy||The Rock||Dick Cheney|
|OMAR CUMMINGS Rapids F||Go to the bathroom||King crab legs—little over a year||Am going to be in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED||Halle Berry (above)||Teammate Kosuke Kimura|
|JAMES LONEY Dodgers 1B||Eat breakfast||Yogurt—not sure how old it is||Play the keyboard||My younger brother, Anthony||Bill O'Reilly|
|DELMON YOUNG Twins OF||Hit the snooze button||Celery—about four months||Used to ride a skateboard||Jessica Maximus||Terrell Owens (left)|
INSIDE THE GRID
Loney says O'Reilly should stop criticizing Barack Obama, but the National Leaguer wasn't the week's most strident defender of the President. Citing the former VP's recent comments that Obama has made the country less safe from terrorist attack, Williams offered his take on Cheney's strategies for national security: "That dude already took us for a spin and crashed and burned the car. And yet he still wants to run his mouth."