Classic Countdown: 17

We were confident that we'd have something relevant to say about each and every number between 39 and 1

When we started this Classic Countdown on, we were confident that we'd have something relevant to say about each and every number between 39 and 1. By and large it's worked out. The Bassmaster Classic is a historic tournament with lots of stories and lots of numbers.

At least until you get to 17. For that one number, things run dry.

Luckily there's haiku. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry in three lines that has a total of — you guessed it — 17 syllables. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven and the third has five.

And while millions of haiku have been written over the centuries, we couldn't find even one about the Bassmaster Classic. Unbelievable, right?

Well, we have to correct that situation, and this seems like the perfect time and place to do it. The following 17 haiku (plus one to lead into tomorrow's story) tell some of the stories of the Classic.

With apologies to all who appreciate poetry of any kind, here they are:

Ray Scott and Bob Cobb

Had an idea — the Classic

The test of the best


Sin City, Las Vegas

Big bass paid in poker chips

Bobby Murray wins


Day One and Day Two

Paul Chamblee leads the Classic

Collapse on Day Three


Thirty-three pounds — wow!

Clunn leads and never looks back

A legend is born


One crown to rule them

A second to show no fluke

Clunn has won ... again



No room for flip stick

Hank Parker needs help and fast

Gary Klein comes through


Youth is served this year

Stanley Mitchell takes the crown

Twenty-one years old


A new technique wins

Paul Elias kneels and reels

Biggest beard ever!


Classic victory

Safely in his grip — Oh no!

That's why Jim's Bitter


Already the best

Clunn added to three titles

One more gives him four


An amateur wins

Kerchal takes the Classic crown

Tragedy follows


Never before had

An AOY also won

The Classic title


Dalton Bobo learns

An expensive bass lesson

Do not kill your catch


In '04 it happened,

Takahiro Omori,

A "world" championship


Ohio River

Record low catches were made

KVD wins again


There once was a man

Named Boyd Duckett — Hold on now!

That's a limerick!

Tomorrow's number

Will be sixteen — the tale of

Rick Clunn's top tens