2013 Bassmaster Classic Grand Lake O' the Cherokees - Tulsa, OK, Feb 22 - 24, 2013

Carpe Super Bowl

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Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

(lessons for The Classic)

“…the moment…”

Dateline:  Pluck…

If all you know is, Carpe Diem, you only know a third of the story.

Horace, who wrote the poem didn’t stop with those two words now emblazoned on tee-shirts and coffee cups, here, in full Horace, is what he had to say,

“Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero.”

and the full translation is this: “Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.”

It is up to you whether you prefer to “Pluck” or “Seize” your day, but to me the most important part of the Horace quote, is the last part, “...trusting as little as possible in the future.”

And for all you dudes fishing the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, if you don’t think Horace knew squat when he wrote that quote somewhere around 30 BC just ask Dan Marino…

“…you own it, you better never let it go…”

Yep…I just connected a famous ancient Roman poet, Horace, and his Ode 1.11 to Roman Numeral XLVII Super Bowl…to Dan Marino…and the Bassmaster Classic.

“…trusting as little as possible in the future.”

We, are given today.

We, are given the moment.

We own our, past.

We own our, now.

Tomorrow, belongs to no one.

Tomorrow, is promised to none.

All we have, is today.

It is the only thing we can seize,

or pluck.

“…you only get one shot, do not miss your chance…”

During the 1980’s I had a Love/Hate relationship with Dan Marino. Dan of course knew nothing about it.

I was back then a Die-Hard Buffalo Bills fan.

Dan Marino, back then was the Quarterback of the Miami Dolphins.

The hated Miami Dolphins…at least in Western New York.

Dan, for the most part didn’t fare too well against the Bills…had a won/loss record of something like 13/17…but as a QB, I loved his talent, hated it when it worked against the Bills…but admired the dude as a player.

“…trusting as little as possible in the future.”

So when Dan, in his first full year as the starting QB of the Dolphins, lost in Super Bowl XIX to the San Francisco 49ers I didn’t think much of it, figured the dude would have a bunch of chances for a Super Bowl ring.

I was wrong.

Very wrong.

Dan Marino, never again, threw a pass in a Super Bowl.

Never, and he played 14 more seasons in the NFL,

but he never once made it back to the Super Bowl.

Dan Marino is one of the greatest Quarterbacks to ever play the game, is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame (and deservedly so), is ranked in the Top 30 football players of all time, had a pro football career most players would kill for,


no Super Bowl ring, no Dan Marino lips on the Lombardi Trophy, I don’t know Dan, did do a real quick run-and-gun interview with him once, he was very nice, and accommodating,  I can’t remember what the interview was about or what I asked, I’m sure Dan has no memory of it, but I remember this from it, he stopped, he listened to my question, he thought of an answer, not some canned athlete answer, and you could tell he cared about the answer and about his career as a professional athlete.

All you anglers about to fish the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, remember Dan Marino and,

“…trusting as little as possible in the future.”

“…this opportunity comes once in a lifetime…”

You 2013 class of the Classic think, big deal with Marino, well how about these dudes:

Steve Largent.

Earl Campbell.

Dan Fouts.

Gale Sayers.

Dick Butkus.

All five have their own bronze bust in Canton, Ohio.

All five would make anyone’s All-World list.

Largent, Campbell, Fouts, Sayers, and…BUTKUS.

Hall Of Fame, every one.

Not a one of them ever stepped foot as a player,

on a Super Bowl field.

Not a Super Bowl ring among them.

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How special is getting to the Super Bowl and winning it.

How special is getting to the Bassmaster Classic and winning it.

“…trusting as little as possible in the future.”

Horace, knew.

“…comes once in a lifetime…’”

To the Bassmaster Classic class of 2013, listen,

watch not those who will hoist this Sunday’s trophy,

watch instead those sitting on the bench with their heads down,

watch instead those walking slowly to the tunnel.

Class of 2013 there will come three days in February that you will remember for the rest of your life…no matter HOW YOU FINISH.