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That was nine years ago, a moment in time that would change my life, and if you think by that moment in time I would be a jaded sportswriter about all of it…that in the scheme of all the big time events that I’ve been to, this one would just fade away…check this out…8 years later, thousands of miles, seven other Classics, probably a hundred or so events, that this my first Classic would just be a faint memory…just check out what to this day sits on the ledge above my home office desk…a framed photo of Alton Jones holding up the first Classic trophy I ever saw. Yeah, that Classic and all the other ones that follow mean something to me, it’s the peak of what we do, it’s the biggest stage in this gig, the one I look to the most because when I step on that Classic floor to do my job, like the anglers I’m there to blow the roof off the place. Come to Houston…and watch, you’ll never forget it either.
Photo: Don Barone