Some sports are defined by their numbers. Baseball is a great example. In other sports, the numbers are harder to come by; wins and losses are all that matter. Soccer comes to mind in this group.
The Bassmaster Classic falls somewhere in between. The numbers tell a big part of the story, but it's winning or losing that ultimately matters.
Here are the numbers that tell at least part of the story of the 2010 Classic. We'll be updating them as the event goes along and new numbers jump into the equation.
You can't get them anywhere else but BASS Insider.
500,000 — the number of dollars the next Classic champion will earn. Of course, it's just the beginning; endorsements, appearance money, book deals, etc., likely push the number into seven figures.
10,000 — how many dollars went to the winner of the first two Classics (Bobby Murray and Don Butler); also the number of dollars that will go to the last place finisher in the 2010 Classic.
514 — how many individual anglers will have fished the Classic after this year.
271 — how many Classic qualifiers have come from Texas over the years.
61 — Denny Brauer's age; he's the oldest competitor in the 2010 Classic.
51 — number of anglers who will compete in the 2010 Classic.
40 — this is the 40th Bassmaster Classic.
28 — number of times Gary Klein has qualified for the Classic; he has never won.
26 — Casey Ashley's age; he's the youngest competitor in the 2010 Classic.
20 — number of consecutive times Kevin VanDam has qualified for the Classic; only Rick Clunn (28 straight) has done more.
11 — how often the Classic has been held in Alabama; North Carolina ranks second with just five.
9 — number of Classic rookies in this year's field.
8 — number of rookies who have won the Classic; the last time it happened was in 2007 at Lay Lake when Boyd Duckett won; also the number of Alabama residents fishing this year's Classic.
7 — number of former Classic champs and Anglers of the Year in this year's championship.
4 — how many times Lay Lake has been the site of the Bassmaster Classic; no other body of water has hosted more often.
1 — number of anglers who have qualified for the Classic in each decade of its existence; only Gary Klein has done it; six other anglers (Harold Allen, Rick Clunn, Roland Martin, Tommy Martin, Larry Nixon and Woo Daves) qualified for the Classic in the first four decades of its existence.