Its funny because I have been wanting to write a post like this since I opened this blog but I could not really find anyone who really epitomizes the modern athlete that connects to the average joe. That statement was true until this last sunday at the masters, Bubba Watson proved me wrong in all aspects as he did for his critics too. I honestly can tell you that I knew of Bubba before his masters fame but just of his antics and that he was a potential golf superstar and the future of golf, in the post tiger era. Then he won the masters and I realized that wow he might live up to his potential. Thats neither here or there, what I was looking forward to was how he would handle all the media attention that comes with winning a master tournament and I have to say this week has been a magical one that probably wont be repeated. I say that because he has handled it like any of us would. He hit twitter and answered almost everyone who thanked him, Tweeted celebrities asking them to play golf, mention his car he bought (the General Lee), Diss piers morgan on twitter, and hit the talk show circuit. As all these things were happening I could not help but think man he’s handling it like I would and I feel like Bubba is one of the guys. Then it it hit me he’s the modern athlete that can relate to the average joe, and that ability to do that is one that will not only build him a huge fan base but make people respect him more. He gives the vibe that fame doesn’t count but its cool to have it, he never forgets where he came from and he’s just being himself. To see that gap between athlete and average joe being bridged is an exciting time because we have a guy who is like one of us but yet doing extraordinary things. I wish I was a kid because I would want Bubba as my role model and I can honestly say that Bubba is the future of the modern day athlete. Golf is in an exciting time of change right now and I cant wait to see the next tournament Bubba is in…. I know I will be watching, how about you?