Monday, April 9, 2012

The General Lee at Augusta National?

Congratulations to Bubba Watson who won a playoff for his first PGA tour Major victory at The Masters golf tournament yesterday in Augusta GA.  Bubba was born in Florida and attended college in Alabama and Georgia.  Bubba apparently appreciates his Southern and Confederate history as he recently purchased one of the original General Lee Dodge Chargers used in the filming of the Dukes of Hazzard television series.  NASCAR had rejected the idea of having Bubba drive the General around the Phoenix racecourse as part of his honorary grand marshall duties during the upcoming race there, rejecting the Southern heritage dear to so many of their NASCAR fans with the statement:

"The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive."

That should serve to rightly alienate many of the NASCAR fans which built the brand.  But, after Watson's Masters win, Bubba's wife Angie said, "You know he's going to put on that (Masters) green jacket (awarded to the winner of the annual tournament) and drive down something in General Lee".  The General Lee driving down Magnolia Lane at Augusta National would be absolutely classic and deserved.  Congratulations Bubba.

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