How many men does it take to post numbers on a scoreboard?
Four work the massive scoreboard near the entrance of Augusta National Golf Club. Two are on ladders. On the bottom of the ladders are rollers attached to a track; a man pushes the ladders where they need to go. Another man stands on the ground and says things. He appears to be the director.
None of the scoreboards at the golf course are electric. So all the numbers are placed by hand. Fans curious about the Masters' leaders, or about how their golfers are doing, must wait. And they do. As they do, they take pictures of the scoreboard or of each other in front of the scoreboard.
Hundreds of fans gather. In a quick, quick, Internet world, the wait feels intermidable. But nobody complains.
It would be interesting if we all got our news this way. Stand near the scoreboard long enough and you expect to see: Saints beat Colts, win Super Bowl; Edwards goes to Iowa in seach of Democratic nomination; Panthers awarded NFL expansion franchise.
Instead we see an 8 next to Ian Poulter after he bogeys 18. Wonder how long ago the bogey was.