In recognition of his winning the 2008 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., visited ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, on Monday, one day after the conclusion of the 2008 Elite Series season.
VanDam and his family traveled to the Bristol, Conn., campus from the season finale in Syracuse, N.Y., and the four-time Angler of the Year made stops at ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning, First Take and ESPNEWS.
In his first stop, at Mike & Mike in the Morning, VanDam was quizzed by a curious Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg — who broadcast their show live from the 2008 Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, S.C. — about VanDam's favorite lure, the Strike King Series 6 crankbait in the Sexy Shad color, a crankbait KVD designed and one that helped him win four tournaments through the past two Elite Series seasons. The radio show hosts wondered what drove VanDam to name the color "sexy shad."
"I think the highlight of the day for me was Greenie talking about Sexy Shad," VanDam said. "We wanted to name it something catchy and transcendent — and when a guy who's not an avid angler wants to talk about it, then that strategy worked."
VanDam, also a two-time Bassmaster Classic winner, drove his tournament rig to the ESPN campus and parked it for the day outside the cafeteria, where hundreds of curious employees made stops to inspect his fully wrapped truck and boat.
"It was neat to see how many people came to check it out," said VanDam, who answered questions and posed for photographs with fans. "It was a really great day. We had some BASS fans out there."
VanDam was then interviewed by ESPN's Michael Kim for First Take in a segment that will air Wednesday, Aug. 13, on ESPN. Finally, he talked with Cindy Brunson for a Monday afternoon spot on ESPNEWS.