Fans of B.A.S.S.: Comfort in the Chaos

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All photos Don Barone

“It's so important to make someone happy…”

Dateline: Here and there at the Classic

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes."
Frank Lloyd Wright

Here’s a very simple principle for business success: No you, no us.

I just saved you $40,000 in that MBA thing.

Here’s a very simple principle for professional sports: No fans, no you.

You, are the bedrock of everything around you. You vote with your dollars, you vote with your cheers, you vote with your feet.

The customer is not the king, the customer is in fact the king maker. In the entire history of this planet the peasants far out number the kings.

In time both the ruled and the rulers discover there is but on true king, and he does not walk this Earth, so all you out there sizing up those crowns need to back it down some.

In the past three days at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods I have met hundreds if not a thousand or so of you, you the fans. There's no kings, no queens, just hard working folks and their kids, parents, grandparents, BFs, BFFs, sponsors, workers, police, police dogs, people who set up the stages and the folks who sweep up after us. 

Here’s what I learned in a nutshell. Social media is anti-social. The world wide web is pulling the world apart. Crowds are social, a quick handshake pulls us back together.

I found comfort in the chaos. 

“…make just one someone happy…”

"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody."
Mother Teresa