Daily Limit: Lee’s Classic perspective

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Mike Suchan
Jordan Lee reflects on his second Classic win a row.

You bet there’s crying in fishing.

It’s mostly seen when veterans win, especially after ending a drought, or someone finally qualifies for the Classic. There can be tears of sorrow after missed chances at a title or AOY, too. Then there’s winning the pinnacle event in bass fishing … for the second time … in succession … at the ripe old age of 26.

Jordan Lee broke into those proverbial tears of joy several times after winning the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. A year after his record comeback in Texas, Lee again came from nowhere to take the title on Lake Hartwell.

Most of us probably understand how winning a major event could elicit such emotion. Psychologists have tried to explain “tears of joy” as the body’s way of restoring some “emotional equilibrium,” and there have been papers written, like “Dimorphous Expressions of Positive Emotion.” Say what?

How about we get it straight from the horse’s mouth. After an incredible celebration, complete with jumps, fist pumps and screams as he bounded around the stage, Lee knelt down and bowed next to the trophy as the last rectangles of confetti fluttered down around him. It was a reverent pose.

Rested and thoughts reverting to jubilation mode, he jumped up and once again lifted the wood and metal behemoth over his head and hollered to the crowd in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. During his victory lap with fiancée Kristen Agnew, he was seen head down sobbing. When he looked up, his contorted face showed how overcome he was.

“I just care so much about the sport, my family, everybody that’s here,” he said later. “All these people are here to cheer you on. That means so much to me, that’s why I get teared up and get emotional when I see the fans.

“I’m just a kid. This is my dream. I’m 26. I’m not used to being in the limelight.”