Kevin VanDam is the B.O.A.T. (best of all time). But that doesn't make him immune to the peaks and valleys of a career in professional fishing, and right now he's in the one deepest valleys he's ever had to cross. KVD entered this tournament in 42nd place in the AOY standings — not bad, but not good if you want to qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic ... and not safe if you want to be in the Top 50 so as to qualify for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Bays de Noc next month. On Day 1 at Cayuga, VanDam dropped two places in the AOY standings, and he's now mired in 44th place in the tournament. If he falls another 15 places or so, he'll fail to qualify for the championship and miss the Classic for the first time since 1990. Even with the excitement surrounding the AOY race, KVD's struggles may be the most compelling story of the season right now. It reminds me of 2002 when Rick Clunn's Classic streak (28 in a row) ended. Some other anglers were having great years, but all anyone could talk about was the end of an era.