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

Why we cheer

Don Barone

About the author

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.

Why We Cheer

“Here We Go…”

Dateline: The Classic

We cheer, I believe, for those amongst us,

who have the courage,

to try.

Today, maybe by the time you read this, there will be a lot less anglers fishing the Bassmaster Classic, than when the gig started.

The stage will be lonelier tomorrow.

And for those whose spotlight has grown dim.

For those not on stage on Sunday.

For those , this column is for you.

For those making the long quiet walk to your boats,

please do this,

stop, and look up to the 14th floor of the Doubletree Hotel,

look to the room where the drapes are open,

look to the room where the lights are on,

because there stands a man who is cheering for you,

and that would be me.

“…strength, courage and wisdom…”

How many of us have the balls to TRY any more.

We hide, behind, being safe, when in fact, we are safer the more we try new things.

How many of us have the strength, to win or lose…instead…just take the tie.  Take the kneel down.

If we are to have salvation, as people, as a nation. We need to cheer just as loud for the TRY as we do for the win.

We, you and me, are in fact a TRY ourselves.

We are all a TRY in this thing we call independence, this thing called democracy.

And standing in the 14th floor window, I cheer for that too.

“…it's been inside of me all along…”

We cheer for honesty, and when there is none, we are silent.

We cheer for determination, and when there is none, we are silent.

We cheer for faith, and when there is none, we will be silenced.

Inside stuff up next.