"By next year we will be following the next generation of Elites, and there probably won't be much thought about the anglers who left for the BPT. Time usually heals all wounds."
This statement is laughable. This great tournament will take a HUGE step back from this point forward. The fishermen made this event what it was. Those names will never be forgotten and it will take 20 years for the no-names fishing it next year to be anything more than journeyman pros struggling to survive. The top guys will continue to get most of the money available. Very sad day – it will never be what it was.