Pressure: Garrett Paquette

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James Overstreet

“The moment…”

Dateline: Lake St. Clair AOY

“To be honest I’m disappointed in my performance this year.”
Garrett Paquette
Elite rookie

To Garrett Paquette, there is an old saying that old men know, old men who have seen it all, written it all, done good, done bad, old men who’ve spent more time in the sand than on the green, and that old man saying goes something like this: No pressure, no diamonds.

Welcome to the bigs.

But there’s this as well, I think you belong. Here’s why, any athlete who tells me he’s disappointed in his professional performance for the season while sitting in the mid-30s in the overall Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race with an almost certain golden ticket to the 50th Bassmaster Classic, that athlete in my book has got some chops.

Here’s the deal, young man, we old men have learned this along the way, sometimes when you swing for the fences you find out that the fences are a little further out there than you thought.

Know this too, may the fences you swing for always be a bit further out than you think. What makes a champion is the knowledge that the fences always move, and that the swings always get stronger with time.

“…you own it…”

"You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a 100 percent effort that you gave — win or lose."
— Gordie Howe
NHL Hall of Fame
25 years with Detroit Red Wings