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One of the many gifts sports provides are the memories.
On Sunday at The Masters, Tiger Woods should be marching down the fairway in a red polo. Jim Nantz’s voice should be soothing millions watching in their living rooms. The azaleas should be in full bloom.
Since that’s not reality, nostalgia becomes the armor to protect us from the hurt of not enjoying one of the best sports days of the year. The memories are important. And it’s important to relive them during these times.
You can probably remember where you were when Woods steamrolled the competition as a 21-year-old in 1997, or chipped in on No. 16 in 2005, or repeated in 2002, or ended his major drought and hugged his kids just off the 18th green a year ago.
The good news is that most sports networks have been prudent enough to air some classic games and tournaments. That will continue Sunday as CBS will air the final round of the 2019 Masters (12:30-6 p.m. ET).
Fox will re-air Super Bowl XLII (3 p.m. ET). In one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history, the New York Giants stunned the New England Patriots in a game featuring David Tyree’s iconic “Helmet Catch.”
Just because it didn’t happen today doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable. So, sit back, relax and let the memories flow for a while. It’ll be worth it.
Sports videos of the day
A Sunday twofer. First up, an 18-minute compilation of the best Masters moments of all time:
And the Helmet Catch:
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This day in sports history: April 12
1938: The Chicago Black Hawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 for a 3-1 series win to capture the Stanley Cup and become the only team to win Cup with losing regular-season record.
1953: Ben Hogan won his second Masters and shattered the tournament scoring record by 5 strokes with a 14-under 274 to finish five shots ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver.
1964: Arnold Palmer finished six shots ahead of Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus to become the first four-time winner of the Masters. It was also Palmer’s seventh and final major title.
1980: The U.S. Olympic Committee endorsed a boycott of the Moscow Olympic Games.
2015: Jordan Spieth leads wire-to-wire to win the Masters for his first major title over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose.
Sports on TV today
7-9 p.m. ET: NBA HORSE Challenge quarterfinals (ESPN)
12-3 p.m. ET: 2012 Rose Bowl, Oregon vs. Wisconsin (ESPNU)
3-6 p.m. ET: 2019 National Championship game, LSU vs. Clemson (ESPNU)
6-9 p.m. ET: 2019 Sugar Bowl, Georgia vs. Baylor (ESPNU)
9 p.m.-12 a.m. ET: 2019 Arkansas at Alabama (ESPNU)
1-2:30 p.m. ET: Blackhawks at Flyers, Game 6, 2010 Stanley Cup Final (NBC)
2:30-4 p.m. ET: Bruins at Canucks, Game 7, 2011 Stanley Cup Final (NBC)
9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET: 1988 Checkers 500 (FS1)
2:30-5:30 p.m. ET: 2007 Daytona 500 (FS1)
8-10 a.m. ET: 2012 English Premier League, Manchester City vs. QBR (NBCSN)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET: 2013 English Premier League, Everton vs. Liverpool (NBCSN)
12-2 p.m. ET: 2014 English Premier League, Chelsea vs. Arsenal (NBCSN)
6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET: 2019 Masters (Golf Channel)
12:30-6 p.m. ET: 2019 Masters (CBS)
Games we’re missing
Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs
New York Knicks at Toronto Raptors
Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks
Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers
Pittsburgh Pirates at Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians
Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds
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Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers
New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics
Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs