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Masters 2021: A tournament unlike any other

Following an unprecedented Masters last November due to a COVID-19 delay, the illustrious golf tournament will return to its traditional April slot next week. Tournament week begins on Monday, April 05 with a practice round in each of the first three days at the beautiful golf course in Augusta, Georgia. The legendary tournament, with its loaded pool of talent, will officially begin on Thursday, April 8.

The Masters is a tournament unlike any other, and its traditions are special.

The green jacket is the most notable tradition. Beginning in 1949, Augusta National began awarding a unique green jacket to the winner of the championship each year. With this prestigious jacket comes a lifetime of perks, benefits, and honor, including a lifelong membership within the exclusive golf club. Though the champion must return the jacket to Augusta after a year, they may wear it whenever they visit. Masters champions also receive a permanent locker in the Champions Locker Room, an area visitors—and even regular, non-tournament-winning members—are restricted from.

The previous winner is also responsible for hosting the Champions Dinner each year on the Tuesday evening before the Masters main event on Thursday. According to the tradition, defending champions plan the menu as a host to honor the previous champions. Usually, they plan a cuisine from their home region, which is cooked by a group of Masters’ Chefs from that region. As part of the tradition, the winner from the previous year also presents the jacket to the present winner when play concludes on Sunday.

This year, that man is defending champion Dustin Johnson from Columbia, South Carolina. It’s no surprise that DJ is the odds-on favorite to reclaim the green jacket. Besides becoming the first player in Masters history to card multiple rounds of 65 strokes or better, he’s the current 1-ranked player in the world and has been on a tear of late. In his past nine events, he hasn’t missed a cut, has won twice, been a runner-up, has four top-10 finishes, and has five top-25 finishes.

Fan favorite Jordan Spieth is also a strong contender, and he’s currently playing his best golf in years. In his past five PGA starts, he has three top-five finishes and a 15-overall finish on the back of some great ball striking to go along with his consistently elite short game. He also has a fantastic course record at Augusta, compiling a win, two runner-ups, and a third in seven career starts at the Masters.

Rory McIlroy, always a fierce competitor, also has plenty of motivation. The winner of four total major tournaments, he’s captured trophies at the U.S. Open (2011), the PGA Championship (2012, 2014), and the British Open (2014). The Master’s is the only major that’s eluded him, and he’s still one of the best players in the world. Watch out for McIlroy to complete the Grand Slam.

CBS and ESPN are the broadcasters of the tournament. While ESPN holds the rights for early-round coverage, CBS will cover the main event. If you wish to stream golf on the go, download the CBS app and log in using your TDS credentials.

Bring on March Madness!

Hoops fans, rejoice! While it feels like a lifetime ago that Tony Bennett’s Virginia squad defeated Texas Tech in the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the greatest month-long spectacle in sports—March Madness—is returning soon.This year, Hoosier fans will have a front row seat for the tournament. To limit traveling and exposure to COVID-19, the entire tournament… Continue Reading

NCAA tourney kicks off March 15 with Selection Sunday

The March Madness journey kicks off each year with Selection Sunday. This year the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament gets into gear on TBS on March 15 at 6 p.m. (EST). Throughout the 68-team, single-elimination tournament, there’s the excitement of those unexpected winners, and the agony of going home earlier than planned. The NCAA tournament… Continue Reading

Sportsman Channel: September is FREE preview month

Sportsman Channel: September is FREE preview month

If you love hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure, you’re in luck. During the entire month of September, BendBroadband customers can enjoy a free preview of the Sportsman Channel. With nearly 200 shows to choose from, the Sportsman Channel embraces “Red, Wild & Blue America” – where the American Spirit and Great Outdoors are celebrated in… Continue Reading

Two FREE Previews of NFL RedZone Sundays –Sept. 8 and 15

Catch every touchdown from every game on Sunday afternoon with NFL RedZone. BendBroadband subscribers will receive two, yes two, FREE preview Sundays – Sept. 8 and Sept. 15. See up-to-the-minute fantasy stats, extended highlights and much more. NFL RedZone is the perfect fantasy companion, allowing you to improve your fantasy roster. NFL RedZone will take… Continue Reading

CrossFit Games 2019: Cheer for April Watkins

CrossFit Games 2019: Cheer for April Watkins

If you are into fitness – and even if you’re not – chances are you’ve heard of CrossFit. Started in 2000 by former-gymnast, Greg Glassman, “The Sport of Fitness” has taken the exercise world by storm. By incorporating cardio, bodyweight movements, and weightlifting in a timed environment, CrossFit has positioned itself as quite possibly the… Continue Reading

Bring on the March Madness!

Selection Sunday kicks off March 17 and herein begins the journey to find out who is the best team in college basketball. Throughout this 68-team, single-elimination tournament, there’s the excitement of the underdog victories and the agony of losing and going home earlier than planned. The NCAA tournament starts with 68 hopeful teams. Competition whittles… Continue Reading

How to watch the Super Bowl for free

Due to a contract dispute, Nexstar Media Group is preventing TDS Telecom (TDS®)/BendBroadband from broadcasting KOIN, which broadcasts CBS. “CBS is broadcasting Super Bowl LIII® and we don’t want our customers to miss out on the big game,” says Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS Telecom. This dispute impacts customers in Madras, Crooked River… Continue Reading