The Good, The Bad, The Fugly – April 11 Edition

The Good

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A man with a funky swing who never took a golf lesson won the Masters on Sunday (4/8). That man is pink driver-wielding Bubba Watson. Watson (33) hails from Bagdad, FL, is wont to cry, and seems to be an all-around good guy – but one shot is going to stick in the minds of anyone who watched (or watched highlights of) the Masters this weekend. After driving a ball into the woods, Watson hooked his next shot (off of literal pine needles) – an essential 40-yard curve ball – that landed 10 feet from the hole. Watson tapped in the easy par for the win.

“I got in these trees and hit a crazy shot that I saw in my head, and somehow I’m here talking to you with a green jacket on,” said Watson after the win.

Bubba Watson is now the highest-ranked American golfer in the world at #4.

The Bad

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Arkansas sacked head football coach Bobby Petrino Tuesday (4/10) for both hiring his mistress to work on the football staff and for withholding the fact that said mistress was present (on the backseat) at his recent motorcycle accident. Petrino is married with four kids, but he apparently had a long-standing affair with Jessica Dorrell (25), a former Arkansas volleyball player.  Dorrell had worked as a fundraiser for the Razorbacks until Petrino hired her as the football program’s student-athlete development coordinator (she was one of three finalists out of a pool of 159 candidates) – but never disclosed his affair or the fact that he had gifted her $20,000. Athletic Director Jeff Long said Petrino was fired “with cause,” which means Petrino will not receive an $18 million buyout listed in his contract. Assistant coach Taver Johnson became interim head coach while Petrino was on leave, and ESPN.com is reporting that Johnson will continue to hold the head coaching spot.

 

The Fugly

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Ozzie Guillen, known for being outspoken and outrageous, has done it again- only this time on a much more serious level. The new manager of the Miami Marlins, insulting the heart of the fanbase for his new team, made comments to Time magazine that he loves Fidel Castro and admires the Cuban dictator’s ability to hold onto power for so long. The Miami Marlins promptly suspended Guillen for five games and issued a public statement that the organization is not in line with the sentiment of Guillen’s statements and that “the pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”

Guillen, who in 2006 was fined and sent to sensitivity training for a gay slur he directed at a Chicago-based columnist, held a press conference in Miami Tuesday (4/10) in an effort to apologize.

“I say a lot of things and I never apologize but now I have to because I did the wrong thing. I’m behind the Cuban community. How am I going to make it better? I’m going to show the community that I support them 100 percent,” said Guillen.

Bench coach Joey Cora will step into the Marlins’ managerial role until Guillen’s return.

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