Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Jimmy Roberts puts The Masters in perspective

One of the cool things about working with NBC Sports Jimmy Roberts on his new golf book, Breaking the Slump, is that I've gotten the chance to chat golf with him while the tournaments are going on.

Immediately following the Masters, I asked him to put this one in perspective. He had some interesting observations:

"I think this is one of the most compelling Masters I can ever remember. It was like there were two different tournaments going on: The Tiger/Phil show and the competition for the title itself ... and at a few times, the stories overlapped.

One of the sub-plots which was mostly overlooked was that this was the first time Mickelson and Woods played together since Steve Williams infamous comments about Lefty. And can you imagine -- knowing how Woods feels about Mickelson -- what his emotions would have been had Lefty won? Remember Woods not only had to witness that front nine 30, he had to mark it down. HE HAD TO KEEP MICKELSON'S CARD!

What was truly amazing to me about Mickelson's round is that historically, the front nine ISN'T the scoring nine at Augusta. The front nine is where you just hold on, maybe make a birdie or two, but 30? That is so preposterous. And then to go out and shoot 37 on the back...that's almost as crazy.

As for the outcome, what happened to Chad Campbell was sad, but not entirely hard to foresee. The 16th hole was a microcosm of his golfing life: he knocked the flag down, but then missed the putt.

So sad about the way Kenny Perry finished. After being in total control for 70 holes, he falls apart in the final four. I don't think he's ever going to forget this, but I don't think it's going to scar him. All along he's been a different sort, voluntarily skipping majors when they conflicted with his personal schedule and goals. This will hurt, but I don't see it in the same category as Norman in '96.

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