What do Michelle Obama, Pauly D from "Jersey Shore" and Michael Vick have in common?

They all have a connection to one of the NHL's most intriguing tweeters.

Midway through the 2008-09 season, an NHL official urged Alexander Ovechkin to set up a Twitter account. Ovechkin was well on his way to a second MVP award, and the NHL hoped a greater connection between the Russian scoring machine and his fans could help the league. For 13 days, Ovechkin worked with his IMG advisers to blast out tweets about the All-Star Game and his appreciation of fans. Then Ovechkin took an indefinite leave of absence from Twitter.

"thanks everybody - I think I take a break from this for a bit but you never know when I come back - see you then" --@ovi8, Jan. 30, 2009.

After leaving his Twitter account dormant for two years, Ovechkin notified his IMG advisers in March that he had a new Verizon smartphone and was ready to start tweeting again. On his own.

"ok twitter friends im back!!!!" --@ovi8, March 2, 2011.

In his one-month return, fans have seen a colorful feed of birthday wishes, soccer references, personal shout-outs and a noticeable improvement in English. But Ovechkin’s best Twitter attribute is his use of the upload photo tool. Here is a timeline of the top eight Twitter photos posted by Alexander the Great, along with his accompanying tweet:

3/2: Hahahhaahhaa

In the 2011 All-Star Game draft, Ovechkin was taken by Team Staal in the second round. Sixteen rounds later, Ovi got a kick out of Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel being the last man on the draft board. Little did Ovechkin know, Kessel won a new car and $20,000 for a charity of his choice for being the final pick.

3/4: Me and sema!!!27 now,wery old!hahaha

With the Capitals riding a three-game win streak into a two-day layoff, Ovechkin could have gone all out to celebrate fellow Russian Alexander Semin’s 27th birthday. Instead, he bought two Party City balloons designed for a 2-year-old and 7-year-old's birthday party. And he once again showed why he has the most beautiful set of front teeth in the NHL.

3/5: Good time

On a trip to Miami, Ovi reminds us why the Florida Panthers have a fan base of 10. Who in their right mind would make the half-hour trek from the beaches of Miami to inland Sunrise, Florida, in weather like this?

3/12: Caps babe!!!

I would have considered Ovi more of a Situation kind of guy, given his brute strength, but apparently not. Notice the sea of fans in the background. Ovechkin literally stops Pauly D’s concert to take a picture of the "Jersey Shore" star with his jersey.

3/20: Me and Michael Vick...

On May 25, 2010, a YouTube video surfaced of Ovechkin adopting a 2-year-old German Shephard. Alex named the dog "Ghera" in Russian, translating in English to "Hera," the wife of Zeus in Greek mythology. For Ovi to avoid a lightning bolt from Zeus, he better hope Ghera doesn't see him posing with her nemesis.

3/23: Country BBQ time hahahaha with my best friends!misha and olga...

Where does a Russian hockey player take his hometown friends on their visit to America? Somewhere with good barbecue food, obviously. Would you three like some Russian dressing with that?

4/1: With the First Lady!

No, this is not an April Fool's joke. Ovechkin really did take a picture with the First Lady. My question: Was he out to dinner with Michelle Obama or did he just happen to see the First Lady in a fancy Washington restaurant. I'm imagining Ovi just walking over to the table and asking for a picture with Mrs. Obama. And to think the Cold War was still going on 20 years ago.

4/3: Best!

Two nights after dining with a White House resident, Ovi sported gang signs with Lil Wayne and Drake. While it is unclear if this pic was taken before or after Lil Wayne's concert, the rapper doesn’t show any fear in letting Ovi take a half-naked picture of him. In fact, he promised Ovechkin a No. 8 tattoo if he could find a spot on his body.

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What do Hunter Mahan, who just became the first two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, and world No. 1 Luke Donald have in common? Not only have they never won the Masters, they've never even held the lead after a round of the season's first major. There's no shame in that, as multiple major champions have also failed to put themselves in the pole position, but great careers can seem incomplete without significant success at one of the most famous courses in the country. Fortunately, Mahan and Donald still have plenty of time to avoid ending up on this list, starting with Thursday's opening round.

None of the following five golfers has ever ended a day at Augusta National with his name on top of the leaderboard. That doesn't mean they haven't played the course well, though -- in fact, each of the five finished in the Top 10 within his first three appearances at this event. And they've all had the low round of the day. But no one in this quintet has had to sleep with the lead or gotten to slip on a green jacket.

A note on the selection process: Since the Masters got the latest start of any of the majors, with the first tournament being held in 1934, I eliminated any golfer whose career started before that year from consideration. Most of the old-timers who were never ahead after a round either hardly got to play in the event (like the great Walter Hagen, who only entered the Masters four times) and/or were too far past their prime (like Tommy Armour, who turned 39 in 1934). Then there was the bizarre case of Bobby Locke, who won four British Opens but played sparingly in the U.S. -- mainly due to resentment over his temporary ban from the PGA Tour in 1948. He only participated in four Masters, so it wouldn't be fair to include him.

With that, here's the list:

5. Tommy Bolt

Career highlights: 15 PGA Tour wins, 1 major
Masters: 17 appearances, 5 Top 10s
First Masters Top 10: 1st try (T-3, 1952)
Low round(s): 1961 R4 (68)
Known for his club-breaking, Tommy "Thunder" Bolt had an interesting career. He served in World War II and didn't turn pro until 1946, when he was 30. But that still left him enough time to win 15 events, including a wire-to-wire victory at the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. Augusta National played a lot tougher back then -- he finished in the top 25 in each of his first five appearances yet only broke 70 twice in that span. Though Bolt had a number of high finishes, he was never particularly close to winning. He finished five strokes behind Sam Snead in 1952 and 11 strokes behind Ben Hogan the following year despite tying for fifth. Bolt's last top-10 came at the age of 49, when he finished T-8 in 1965. It was only fitting that Jack Nicklaus lapped the field by nine shots.

No. 4 Jim Furyk

Career highlights: 16 PGA Tour wins, 1 major
Masters: 15 appearances, 4 Top 10s
First Masters Top 10: 3rd try (4, 1998)
Low round(s): 1998 R3 (67), 2006 R3 (68)
Furyk first made noise at Augusta when he shot 67-68 on the weekend in 1998 to finish two shots behind Mark O'Meara. Dating back to the previous year's U.S. Open, it was Furyk's fourth consecutive top-6 finish in a major. The man with the quirkiest swing in golf was three shots out of the Mike Weir-Len Mattiace playoff in 2003, but that was the last time Furyk really contended at the Masters. He won his only major -- U.S. Open at Olympia Fields -- a couple of months after that. It's no surprise Furyk has found some success at this event considering his stellar putting, but the lengthening of the course has hurt him. He seems to be rounding into form this year, though, with a playoff loss and tie for 11th in his past two starts.

No. 3 Nick Price

Career highlights: 18 PGA Tour wins, 3 majors
Masters: 20 appearances, 4 Top 10s
First Masters Top 10: 2nd try (5, 1986)
Low round(s): 1986 R3 (63), 1992 R3
It's hard to believe that the man who shares the record for the lowest round ever at Augusta National shows up on this list. A year after Curtis Strange rebounded from an opening-round 80 to get into the mix, Price recovered from beginning his week with a 79 with rounds of 69-63 to pull within a shot of 54-hole leader Greg Norman. Of course, 1986 was the year that Jack Nicklaus had his last great week, closing with that miraculous 65 to win his sixth green jacket. Price actually ended up with more missed cuts at the Masters (7) than top 10s (4). And he never had a better chance to win than in his second appearance -- he faded on Sunday after starting three shots behind eventual champion Fred Couples in 1992 and couldn't break par on the weekend en route to a T-6 in 1999. He also tied for sixth in his second-to-last appearance in 2004.

No. 2 Hale Irwin

Career highlights: 20 PGA Tour wins, 3 majors
Masters: 21 appearances, 7 Top 10s
First Masters Top 10: 3rd try (T-4, 1974)
Low round(s): 1975 R4 (64), 1976 R3 (67)
Here's another guy who's had a considerable amount of success in this event -- including a round of 64 -- yet never actually led. He recorded top 10s in five straight years during one stretch and actually finished with as many top 10s in the Masters (7) as he did in the U.S. Open. Of course, he won the latter three times. Interestingly, Irwin shot exactly one sub-70 round each of those seven times he was in contention at Augusta National. Had he been able to go low twice in one of those events, he might've had a Masters win to put on his resume.

No. 1 Ernie Els

Career highlights: 18 PGA Tour wins, 26 European Tour wins, 3 majors
Masters: 17 appearances, 6 Top 10s
First Masters Top 10: 1st try (T-8, 1994)
Low round(s): 2000 R4 (68), 2003 R2 (66)
There was a time when it looked like the Big Easy would don multiple green jackets -- but by failing to qualify for the tournament this year, it looks like his time has passed to even get off this list. Like Irwin, Els had a stretch of exceptional play at Augusta National, never finishing outside the top 6 from 2000 to 2004 with a pair of runner-ups. He was the clubhouse leader and getting ready for a playoff when Phil Mickelson sunk a 20-footer on the 18th to win his first Masters eight years ago. Els' game seems perfectly suited for this course, but at this point you have to wonder if he wants it too much. Plus, the Hall-of-Famer has struggled mightily with his putting in recent years, which is not exactly ideal on Augusta National's tricky greens. In fact, Els missed a four-footer for par on the 72nd hole at the Transitions Championship three weeks ago to cost him a spot in the playoff and possibly an invitation into this week's field. Els has missed the cut at the Masters as often as not since coming back from the knee injury he suffered in 2005.

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Out of baseball in 2010 while battling injuries and obesity, Bartolo Colón looked out of the major leagues for good. But after a successful spring training, Colón has returned to MLB and has the opportunity to contribute for the game's most historic franchise. If he really wants to turn his career around, these guys can help him out:

Ken Griffey, Jr.

From 2000-2004, America watched in horror as its favorite "Kid" disintegrated from head to toe. Injuries plagued Junior’s textbook style of play, capped off by a 2004 injury in which Griffey’s entire right hamstring tore off the bone. To repair the tear, Reds team physician Timothy Kremchek performed “The Junior Operation,” reattaching Griffey’s tendon with three titanium screws. The result: a .301 BA, 35 HR, 92 RBI season in 2005 and the start of five consecutive 109 game + seasons.

Bo Jackson

Jackson was a Pro Bowl running back and an MLB All-Star when he walked into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a Raiders playoff game in January 1991. When he left, he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis (decreased blood in the femur) after a tackle popped out his hip. Jackson played in just 23 games in the 1991 MLB season before sitting out the 1992 season for rehab (while playing semi-pro basketball). In 1993, Jackson returned to the diamond, launching a home run in his first swing of the year, en route to a 16 HR, 45 RBI season. Bo knew.

Tommy John

In 1974, Tommy John was a 31-year-old southpaw having a career year at 13-3 when he severely tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Although no pitcher had ever recovered from such an injury, optimistic surgeon Frank Jobe entertained John with the idea of replacing the damaged ligament with a tendon from John’s right forearm. Considered insane by fans and players, John went ahead and allowed Jobe to perform "Tommy John Surgery" on his elbow. John pitched for 14 seasons after the surgery (until age 46), winning 164 games and making three All-Star teams.

Dennis Eckersley

During the 1986 off-season, family and friends of Eckersley taped the Cubs starting pitcher as he endured one of his usual drunken nights. When Eckersley watched the tape the next day, he immediately checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic, hoping to deal with his alcoholism, as well as his 6-11 record the previous season. In early 1987, Eckersley was shipped to Oakland, where Tony La Russa hoped to use him as a set-up man and long reliever. Eckersley did a tad better, saving 387 games, winning a Cy Young Award, and bringing a ring to the Bay Area en route to becoming the first relief pitcher ever elected to the Hall of Fame.

Rick Ankiel

In Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS, Ankiel, a 21-year-old rookie sensation, walked four batters and threw five wild pitches in a disastrous third inning. One week later, in the NLCS, Ankiel could not get out of the first, as he threw five balls to the backstop, three of which came with no runners on base. Ankiel walked 25 batters and threw five wild pitches to start off the 2001 season, before being sent to the minors. After Tommy John Surgery and six years in the minors, Ankiel popped back up in 2007 as an outfielder. He hit a home run in his first game as a position player and 25 more during his first full season.

Josh Hamilton

He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft, and his games for the Devil Rays minor-league teams were a hot ticket during the early 2000s. Starting in 2001, though, addictions to cocaine and other drugs limited Hamilton’s playing ability and landed him with a suspension from all professional baseball, including independent leagues, from 2004-2006. In December 2006, the Cubs drafted Hamilton with the third pick of the winter’s Rule Five Draft and immediately traded him to the Reds. In the four seasons since, Hamilton has won an MVP Award, two Silver Slugger awards and appeared in three All-Star games.

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When then-Augusta National Chairman Clifford Roberts and architect George Cobb came up with the idea to add a par-3 course -- and then a par-3 competition -- to Augusta National more than half a century ago, they undoubtedly thought it would change the Masters experience for the better.

And in many ways it has. The par-3 tournament has been played on the Wednesday before the first round of the Masters every year since 1960, providing a light-hearted day of fun amid the pines and the azaleas. It's an afternoon of rug rats pulling pop's bag through the Bermuda, their young eyes attempting to read slippery benders on the tiniest of greens.

What Roberts and Cobb didn't realize when they concocted the "little course" -- the nine-hole, 1,060-yarder that fits snug around DeSoto Springs Pond and Ike's Pond -- was that they also concocted the worst hoax Augusta could slap on a competitor's shoulders. Since the par-3 contest began, nobody has ever won it and then went on to win the Masters tournament four days later. Fifty years up, 50 years down. Never happened.

In 1990, Raymond Floyd won the par-3 competition and then lost to Nick Faldo in a playoff that weekend. In 1993, Chip Beck won the par-3 but finished second in the main event, which was won by Bernhard Langer. And that's as close as any man has ever gotten to winning both in the same year.

When you look back at history, maybe it's better just to stink it up in the par-3. Have a little fun, hit a couple greens, and then head in for a turkey sandwich and a lemonade on the veranda. If you want to be memorable, settle for a hole-in-one (there's been 72 of those in the history of the par-3 competition).

But if you're trying to fill Tiger's spot as the dominant figure in golf, or start the long journey of chasing down the Golden Bear's record 18 major championships, consider these next five sentences.

Gary Player won three Masters and zero par-3s. Nick Faldo won three Masters and zero par-3s. Phil Mickelson has won three Masters and zero par-3s. Woods has won four Masters and zero par-3s. Nicklaus has won six Masters and zero par-3s.

See that Dustin Johnson? Hear that Anthony Kim? It pays to lose on Wednesday at August.

Of course, there have been men who won both the Masters and the par-3 in separate years, so your Masters career isn't doomed forever if you're the best on the little course. It's just doomed for that year.

Here are the golfers who have won both a Masters and a par-3 competition since the par-3 competition began in 1960, ranked in reverse order by most-recent Masters win.

Note: Sam Snead won two par-3s and three Masters in his career, but he didn't make this list because all three of his green jackets came pre-1960 ('49, '52, '54).

No. 9 Vijay Singh

Singh won the par-3 competition in 1994, six years before he would capture a green jacket. His Masters victory in 2000, a three-stroke win over runner-up Ernie Els, was The Big Fijian's second of three career major championships. Singh also won the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004, and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame a year later.

No. 8 Mark O'Meara

O'Meara was 41 years old and shaking hands with the twilight of his career when he had the best year of his career. He won two majors in the 1998 -- the Masters and the British Open -- and then won the par-3 competition in 2007, the year he began playing on the Champions Tour.

No. 7 Sandy Lyle

Alexander Walter Barr "Sandy" Lyle represented Scotland quite well during his pro career, spending 167 weeks in the top-10 of the World Golf rankings from 1986 to '89. It was during that span that Lyle won his second and final major -- the '88 Masters, after winning the Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club in '85 -- before capturing the par-3 title at Augusta in '97 and '98. Lyle is the only man on our list to win the par-3 competition in consecutive years.

No. 6 Ben Crenshaw

The boy born and raised in Austin, Texas, Ben Crenshaw, finished in the top-3 four different times in major championships before capturing a green jacket in 1984. Crenshaw would add a par-3 win to his resume in 1987 before winning a second Masters in '95, which came a week after the death of Harvey Penick, Crenshaw's longtime mentor.

No. 5 Tom Watson

OK, we realize a par-3 title doesn't exactly compare to what happened on the 17th green at Pebble Beach in '82. In fact, a par-3 title can't even hold the yardage book of what happened on the 17th green at Pebble Beach in '82. But if there's something to win, Watson has won it, including the Masters the 1977 and 1981, and then a par-3 title at Augusta in 1982. Watson, who now resides mostly on the Champions Tour at age 61, has won eight majors in his career.

No. 4 Raymond Floyd

Floyd, a product of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, won four major championships in his career, including the '76 Masters. As noted above, his par-3 championship came in 1990 when he almost captured a second green jacket, as well.

No. 3 Tommy Aaron

Tommy Aaron didn't win much on the PGA Tour. He won a total on three times. But if there was a major championship for Tommy Aaron, it was the Masters. Raised in Georgia, Aaron got his green jacket in '73 and then took down the little course in '84 to complete the Augusta National sweep.

No. 2 Gay Brewer

Brewer had the 1966 Masters tournament sitting right in front of him, but he bogeyed his final hole to finish in a three-way tie, and ended up finishing third after an 18-hole playoff, which Jack Nicklaus won. Brewer would come back the following year in '67 to win a major at Augusta National, and then captured the par-3 title in '73.

No. 1 Arnold Palmer

The King topping this list just feels right, as Palmer's presence at Augusta is everlasting. Palmer won seven major championships in his illustrious career, including green jackets in '58, '60, '62 and '64. He came back to Augusta to take his par-3 title in'67. The King will be back at Augusta National in 2011, too. Palmer will join Nicklaus on the first tee Thursday as an honorary starter, tee up white pearls in the early morning dew, and pipe a drive right down the gut, officially beginning the quest for the next green jacket.

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While in high school, Michael Phelps competed in an Olympics. Tiger Woods won three U.S. Junior Amateur titles. And Derek Jeter helped out classmate Stephanie Weidler on the computer.

That's not all the Yankees star did on campus, of course. He was named Gatorade's 1992 High School Player of the Year award and would go on to be the sixth pick of that year's MLB draft. But to flip to one page of his Kalamazoo Central yearbook, you'd think Jeter was simply another guy posing for a group picture with some friends.

Take a walk down memory lane with The PostGame as we look at 10 yearbook photos of some of the biggest stars in sports. Enjoy, but don't expect to get any good hairstyle tips.

Tiger Woods

Class of 1994.
Western High.
Anaheim, California.

Tom Brady

Class of 1995.
Junipero Serra High School.
San Mateo, California

Kobe Bryant

Class of 1996.
Lower Merion High School.
Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Derek Jeter

Class of 1992.
Kalamazoo Central High School.
Kalamazoo, Michigan.

DeSean Jackson

Class of 2002.
Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
Long Beach, California.

Alex Rodriguez

Class of 1993.
Westminster Christian High School.

Peyton Manning

Class of 1994.
Isidor Newman School.
New Orleans.

Cliff Lee

Class of 1997.
Benton High School.
Benton, Arkansas.

Shaquille O'Neal

Class of 1989.
Cole High School.
San Antonio

Michael Phelps

Class of 2003.
Towson High School.
Towson, Maryland.

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Baseball has had its share of stars who didn't let a lack of size prevent them from making it to the big leagues. Some have even been part of a World Series winner and/or a Hall of Famer. Here is a short list, so to speak, in alphabetical order of those listed at 5-8 or shorter:

David Eckstein

5-6. Shortstop. Eckstein has personified heart since his debut in the major leagues in 2001 with the Angels. A two-time World Series winner, Eckstein was an All-Star with the Cardinals in 2005 and 2006. Although he is a career .280 hitter, Eckstein’s best moment in baseball came when he led the Cardinals to the 2006 World Series, winning the series MVP along the way. Eckstein hit .364 with four RBIs and three runs in the series.

Rabbit Maranville

5-5. Shortstop, second baseman. Noted for his incredibly long career, Maranville spent 15 of his 23 major league seasons with the Boston Braves. He retired at 43 after his 23rd season, a record for a National League player that wouldn’t be topped until Pete Rose broke it in 1986. In his career, Maranville finished in the top ten of MVP voting five times, and he finished his career with 2,605 hits. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954, shortly after his death.

Joe Morgan

5-7. Second baseman. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, Morgan was part of the second baseman in the Big Red Machine of the 1970’s Cincinnati Reds. Morgan won MVPs and World Series titles in 1975 and 1976 and was a ten-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover. His 1976 season ranks as one of the best ever for a second baseman, as Morgan hit 27 homers with a .320 batting average and a league- leading .444 on base percentage. In 1990, Morgan was elected to the Hall of Fame with 82 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot.

Freddie Patek

5-5. Shortstop. Patek was a three-time All-Star, making the American League team in 1972, 1976 and 1978. Nine of Patek’s 14 major league seasons were spent with the Royals, and during that span, he stole 32 or more bases eight times. He led the league in steals with 53 in 1977, the same year he drove in a career-high 60 runs. Patek finished sixth in the AL MVP voting in 1971, when he led the league with 11 triples.

Kirby Puckett

5-8. Outfielder. A small but supremely skilled outfielder, Puckett blasted his way to 10 straight All-Star games, six Silver Sluggers and two World Series championships. Also noted for his spectacular defense, Puckett won six Gold Gloves and saved Game 6 of the 1991 World Series for the Twins with a spectacular, wall-scaling catch before ending it with a walk-off home run. Puckett hit 207 homers in his 12-year career and batted .318. In 2001, his first year eligible, Puckett was elected to the Hall of Fame with 82 percent of the vote.

Phil Rizzuto

5-6. Shortstop. A five-time All-Star, Rizzuto had a major impact on seven World Series winning Yankee teams of the 1940's and 1950's. The Scooter peaked statistically at the end of the 1940’s. Rizzuto finished second in the AL MVP voting in 1949 behind Ted Williams and won the award in 1950, when he hit .324 and struck out just 39 times on his way to winning his second consecutive World Series ring. Rizzuto was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994 by the Veterans Committee.

Jimmy Rollins

5-8. Shortstop. A three-time Gold Glove winner with the Phillies, Rollins led Philadelphia to its first title in 28 years in 2008. But it was his 2007 season that has earned Rollins the most praise. That year, after calling his Phillies the "team to beat," Rollins delivered an MVP campaign, hitting .296 with 30 homers and leading Philly to an NL East title. Rollins is a career .273 hitter with 344 stolen bases.

Joe Sewell

5-6. Shortstop, third baseman. Sewell finished in the top ten of the MVP voting five times. A fantastic contact hitter, Sewell finished his 14-year career with just 114 strikeouts and a .312 batting average. He was a World Series winner in 1920 with the Indians and in 1932 with the Yankees. Sewell was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977 by the Veterans Committee.

Hack Wilson

5-6. Centerfielder. Wilson drove in more than 100 runs six times, including a record 191 in 1930 when he also had 56 homers and .356 average for the Cubs. That was the fourth and final time that Wilson led the National League in home runs. The 56 homers remained the NL single-season record until Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa broke it in 1998. A career .307 hitter, Wilson played in two World Series and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

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