KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – By all conventional tournament metrics, Tennessee pro Ott DeFoe won the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods. His three-day catch of 49 pounds 3 ounces of Tennessee River bass allowed him to beat his closest competitor, Jacob Wheeler, by nearly 4 pounds. DeFoe has the trophy and a check for $302,500 to prove his dominance.
If the field of 52 qualifiers had been playing by the rules of The Price is Right, though, Kansas pro Brent Chapman would’ve taken home the showcase.
During last Thursday’s Media Day, photographer Andy Crawford asked competitors to guess the three-day weight total that would be required to win the sport’s biggest event. Of the 30 anglers surveyed, Chapman and DeFoe were closest. Chapman’s prediction of 49-01 was just 2 ounces under DeFoe’s eventual tally. DeFoe’s prediction that it would take 49-07 was slightly further off the mark, but even if he’d predicted 49-05, he went over his actual total.
As anyone who’s watched any episodes of The Price is Right over it’s six-decade run is well aware, when you go over the actual retail price, no matter how close you are, you go bust.