2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase Lake St. Clair/Detroit River - Detroit, MI, Aug 22 - 25, 2013

AOY: Simply the best

I don’t for a moment believe that in many of the championship games I’ve been around, that the best team won all of them. Sometimes, a team gets lucky, a ball bounces in bounds not out, a questionable call is made, the ugly head of “Mo” (momentum) takes over.

In a single game, like the Super Bowl (don’t get me started on my beloved Buffalo Bills and the Wide-Right XXV Super Bowl), one play can stand between the losers and those holding the Lombardi Trophy who may not have been the best team.

“Best of…” series formats I think were invented to thwart the best team on a certain day phenomenon…best 3 out of 4…5 out of 7, that kind of thing.

Game 7, though, to me, is the most exciting game in sports, any sport…both teams even up; they have proved that. Now, now let’s see who the real champion is, what swing of the bat, deep pass, three-point swish will take it all.

Problem is, being consistent just doesn’t make the splash, doesn’t get the press…

but it should.

“…take it all…”

Angler of the Year is an award that recognizes Best Of Craft.

It means that even if all your practice days are cloudy, you still have what it takes to do well on the sunny tournament days.

It means that if the water is drawn down during the tournament, you still have what it takes to do well in shallow, instead of the deep of yesterday.

It means that if on Thursday the bass were on the beds and now, on Saturday, they’re not, you will still be fishing on Sunday.

This is not an 8-game Angler of the Year, this is a 32 GAME DAYS Angler of the Year.

Just a few bad game days, and you won’t be Angler of the Year.

“…just keep fighting…”

In our sport, Angler of the Year is won on the field of play, not by votes.  I can tell you I have been around those who vote for the various MVPs of the different sports out there; and not taking anything from the MVPs, but at the very least, some of the votes can be suspect.

To me, the greatest all-round NFL player that there ever was, maybe the greatest player of all time, Jerry Rice, never, NEVER won the AP’s MVP award (what many consider the ‘official’ NFL MVP award).

The only folks whose votes should count should be the defensive backs who had to cover the dude.

Using a point system is as close as you can come to letting the competitors vote since the points come from how a person fairs against his competition in each event.

It is the AOY dude versus the same 98 competitors in all 32 Game Days.