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I have always—always—been a fan of being right.

And yet, the more I watch the referees, umpires and officials policing our modern-day sporting events, the more I realize our efforts to be right at all costs have begun to hurt the integrity of the games these rules were put in place to help.

Is it possible that being right…can be wrong?

Players make mistakes all the time, but our officials are now being held to a standard of competence none of them is equipped to uphold. When referees are accused of a mistake, most sports have put in place a series of complicated rules to verify and, if necessary, correct these errors.

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Alex Morgan is stealing the World Cup trophy for America! Or, more appropriately stated, Morgan—one of the best women's soccer players on the planet—is leading a group of celebrities and stars of the game, along with Coca-Cola, to bring the World Cup trophy to America as part of a multi-national tour to Brazil this summer.

I spoke with Morgan this week about the World Cup tour as well as her thoughts on the current state of the game—for both the men and women's United States national teams—heading into a very important time for soccer in this country.

Morgan and I also discussed how hard it has been for her to miss time due to a prolonged ankle injury, how her recovery is going both physically and emotionally and what advice she has for some of the stars of the men's game that may miss the World Cup due to injury.

Additionally, Morgan shared some thoughts about the future of the game in America, and we had a laugh at the insanity of seven-year olds playing travel soccer. Morgan didn't begin playing travel and select soccer until she was a teenager, and didn't focus just on soccer until high school, which makes me wonder if my six-year old playing three days a week is a great sign for the future of the sport in this country, or absolutely insane.

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In some ways, it's hard to believe it has already been a year since a series of bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. In other ways, specifically for those most closely affected by the impact of the explosions on Boylston Street in Boston, Mass., that occurred just before three in the afternoon on April 15, 2013, the year could not have felt longer.

The truth is, when my editor came to me and asked me to write about the one-year anniversary of such a terrible time in our country's recent history, I didn't want to write about it any more than I assume many of you wanted to read about it.

Commemorations are never easy, and while time offers many of us perspective on things we find impossible for our minds to properly process at the time, this one—and others like this that lead back to the events that took place on an early autumn morning in 2001— still seems particularly painful to remember.

It feels hard to believe it has been a year since two 20-something brothers decided to attack a major United States city, putting our entire country on notice that no one is ever truly safe, especially at a major public event. That feeling is as terrifying today as it was a year ago.

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The Masters tournament was decided by a risk-taking lefty who outplayed a wonderfully talented field, paced by a phenomenal player in his 20s the entire golf world should suddenly start to fear.

No, it is not 2004.

Yes, the game of golf will be just fine without Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Bubba Watson is now a two-time Masters champion, besting a field of contenders led by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who told us more about both his talent and maturity in defeat this weekend than most tournament champions ever show in victory.

Watson displayed championship mettle all tournament, shooting three rounds in the 60s to win his second green jacket in three years, this time by a margin of three strokes over Spieth and Jonas Blixt.

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Every major golf tournament seems to have a theme on the opening day, and the theme for day one of the 2014 Masters—at least if we go by nearly every commentator working the various video streams for CBS, ESPN and Masters.com—is that the absence of Tiger Woods may serve as a catalyst for a youth movement that may create history this weekend.

There are 24 first-time participants at the Masters, a number that includes six amateurs and 18 professionals, and every time one of those rookies hit a good shot on Thursday, we were reminded that this year could be a year for a Masters rookie to win. Consider the narrative hammered home.

Of course, the host of former champions in the field could have something to say about that actually happening.

There are three former champions in red numbers after one round, including the last two winners in Bubba Watson and Adam Scott who both shot three-under 69. The third? It's ageless wonder Fred Couples, who shot a one-under 71 and always seems to be in the mix on Thursday at the Masters.

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Ten years. Ten years? TEN YEARS!?!?

It has been 10 years since Phil Mickelson won his first major championship, besting Ernie Els with a miraculous putt on the 18th green at Augusta National, transforming Lefty from the best player to never win a major into a bona fide Hall of Famer.

Ten years.

(I mean technically it has been 11 years since Phil first won the Masters, but the numeric connection of 2004 and 2014 makes this anniversary much cleaner to chronicle. And yes, I clicked the above link and suddenly can't stop imagining John Cusack starring in a movie about Mickelson's career with Jeremy Piven playing the role of caddy Jim "Bones" Mackay.)

It has been a decade since Mickelson put together one of the great second nines in Augusta history, carding a five-under 31 over the final stretch on Sunday to beat Els by one stroke. It may have taken him a while to win that first major, but Mickelson has certainly managed to make up for lost time.

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The Kentucky Wildcats were the top-ranked team in the country before one of the players starting Monday night's national championship game even stepped foot on a college basketball court.

There will be some college basketball voters walking around North Texas with a big "told you so" look on their faces tonight. History has a way of revising itself. The incredible coaching of John Calipari this season has something to do with that.

Kentucky was not the best team in the country all year—far from it—but when it matters the most, it sure seems to be playing like it.

Kentucky's run to the Final Four shouldn't be a "told you so" situation for the writers, but it can be for Calipari.


College basketball uniforms have come a long way since the nascent days of the NCAA Final Four.

Who could have imagined just how much satin used to be a part of the NCAA tournament? I mean, gosh, even the shorts were satin back when the Final Four began. And speaking of the shorts, well, they certainly were, um, short.

As the final participants take the last ramp off the winding road down to the 2014 Final Four, let's take a look back at all the different styles and fashion statements in Final Four history.

The 1940 Indiana Hoosiers won the national championship in the shortest and shiniest shorts known to man. Just look at how amazing those uniforms were back in the '30s and '40s, featuring a skin-tight tank top that came down well past the hips and the skimpiest shorts one could ever imagine on a basketball court.

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At this point in his career, with another major injury derailing hopes of becoming the winningest golfer in major championship history, it feels like Tiger Woods needs Augusta more than Augusta needs him. 

That wasn't true about any Masters tournament since 1997, when Woods burst onto the major championship scene, but this season—which has seen Woods struggle through the early part of the PGA Tour schedule with a devastatingly ailing back—the Masters doesn't need Woods this year. Not like this.

The Masters doesn't need two rounds of Tiger slogging up and down the bounding fairways of Augusta National, grabbing his back after every wayward shot while using his short irons more as a cane than a means to get out of the second cut.

The Masters doesn't need Tiger showing up just to withdraw after a few holes because the pain in his back was too severe to continue.

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Are you like me, suddenly finding it hard to pick a team to root for in the 2014 NCAA Final Four? As a casual observer, is there one team that stands out as the team we should all be rooting for to win?

This feels like an odd Final Four. There are huge programs, big stars and great coaches, but there's not that one team everyone should root for like in past seasons.

Last year, casual fans had the pick of two great basketball stories, both on and, unfortunately, off the court. First, there was the gut-wrenching injury to Kevin Ware of Louisville which thrust him into the national spotlight—he was on Late Night with David Letterman before the Cardinals played a game in last year's Final Four—and gave casual fans a feel-good story to latch on to in Atlanta. Second, there was the Shocker of all tournament shockers, as Wichita State busted the bracket all the way to the Final Four.

2012 gave us the pick-a-side battle between Kentucky and Louisville—read: John Calipari and Rick Pitino—in the Final Four. In 2011, casual fans could choose between Butler and VCU to play the role of underdog, a role the Bulldogs reprised after nearly beating Duke in the title game the year before.