Forty-eight years ago, Bill MacPhail, then in charge of sports at CBS, signed a deal with the US Tennis Open to carry its tennis matches, men's and women's, on the CBS network. That deal died last year and in 2015 you'll have to watch them on ESPN.
Each day, as we entered the perfectly manicured grounds -- with not a blade of grass out of place -- the fog gave this golf heaven a halo. We had made it. Two different dreams fulfilled.
Jordan Spieth was the runaway winner of the tournament, reminding me that there's much to learn from a weekend of golf. Here are the top five-and-a-half takeaways from a record-breaking Augusta weekend:
This weekend, millions of eyes will be drawn to Augusta, Ga. as golf's greatest players tee off in the Masters. While many eyes are on Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson as they compete in the tournament, an important storyline at the Masters is the role that women play in golf in 2015.
Every year it seems less and less likely that Tiger will catch Jack. He certainly lost his way both professionally and personally. But I bet there are a lot of people Tiger's age that, like me, would love to see him win at least once more.
Champions like Tiger Woods are always charting and changing their course to be certain everything is on track. Tiger didn't just come to Augusta because it was the popular thing to do. He wouldn't have showed up if he wasn't ready to win. He came to win and he's prepared to win.
Not once did Jim Nance mention that Jordan Spieth should have stayed at the University of Texas. Apparently Jim Nance didn't know that Spieth was a "one and a half and done," leaving in the middle of his second year.
Until now, television was the closest I'd come to seeing the Masters, and although many friends had told me about the tournament, nothing prepared me for the perfection that is the Augusta National Golf Club.
From the Super Bowl to March Madness, the Masters or the World Series and the World Cup, the sports world is cyclical. Seems we are always waiting eagerly on the edge of our seats (be them of the living room or arena variety) for the next big event.
You'll find there are a lot more things to do in the city that do not involve watching drives and putts. Start with this list of travel ideas for Augusta, Ga., none of which require a ticket into the Masters.
This is the first time in 20 years The Masters tournament will go on without Woods, who has captured the coveted green jacket four times.
Although he hasn't won a Major championship since the 2008 US Open, Tiger Woods has still retained his status as the biggest draw in golf over the last six years.
Does Tiger really believe he can win each and every event he tees it up in? It's a pretty bold statement from a bold guy, but here's the thing: if anyone else made that statement it would be hard to believe, but coming from Tiger Woods not only does he believe it, it's very possible.
Tiger was once again unsuccessful in his bid to win a major by coming from behind on the Sunday of a major -- finishing tied for sixth. And, as any good television show would have it, Phil Mickelson came from behind on the final lap.
Of all the 22,884 swings at a golf ball, only one player had each and every one of his swings recorded by television cameras. That would be Tiger Woods.
Were you rooting for Tiger through this weekend's Masters tournament? Were you rooting against him? Or did you basically not care?