The biggest golf tournament of the year is underway as the Masters begins today with coverage on ESPN. The traditions of the Masters broadcast are ingrained into the minds of any golf fan. From the footage of the ceremonial first tee shots, to the awkward handshake between Billy Payne and Jim Nantz to that one part near the beginning of daily coverage where Augusta thanks its sponsors (and Martha Burke) for limited commercial interruption. But the most traditional of all Masters TV traditions is the iconic theme song. The Masters theme isn't just one of the best and most recognizable themes in sports, but all of television. The piano and strings that play over the images of Augusta National and the soothing vocal tributes of Jim Nantz are a yearly ritual of springtime. For decades, you've likely heard this version:
Yea, it's easy to make fun of just how over the top the reverence for the majesty of Augusta National is from the CBS broadcast, but it's part of what makes the Masters the spectacle that it is. It's different from everything else. The Super Bowl doesn't have a theme. Neither does the LSU-Alabama game. Nor the Winter Classic. But when you hear that willowy music, you know you're watching the Masters.
The instrumental version is nearly perfect for the event, which is why it's largely been untouched for longer than I've been alive. But did you also know the original theme also has lyrics? Something tells me if CBS played this version, it wouldn't quite stir up the same feelings of nostalgia and sentimentality:no comments