RE: Balog on Super Tournament – Joe, I think you missed the point in regard to the more intimate relationship between the commentators and the participants. One of the most important parts of televised bass fishing is how the rest of us mortals can relate to the pros, even though they are a world above us in terms of fishing ability. On any cast, one of us could catch a giant, and we can realistically dream of that. We all know the fun of sharing a boat with a buddy, the frustration of a backlash and the thrill of setting the hook on a big fish and fighting it back into the boat. Not many of us will ever hit a 400-foot homer or slam down a thunder dunk over someone, but we can still fish.
The elevation of the other pro sports' stars to superhuman status, while maybe well-deserved, separates us from them, and I think that is a mistake. Bass doesn't to that and I, for one, appreciate it.