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A Couple of Historical Thoughts on the 2018 Classic

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  • In 1976, in his 3rd Classic, Rick Clunn won his very first BASS tournament.  He won a small, 20 angler special tournament in 1977 and then followed it up with his 2nd Classic in 4 tries.  He went on to finish 2nd in the 1978 Classic and 3rd in the 1979 Classic.

    The first half of that history is eerily similar to Lee's track record so far, it will be interesting to see if it continues the next few years.

     
  • In the 2015 Elite Season, Brent Ehrler edged out Jordan Lee for Rookie of the Year and when accepting the award, Ehrler graciously said that due to the number of years he had fished professionally, Jordan was the true ROY (this led to BASS changing the definition of a Rookie).  In both 2017 & 2018, Ehrler left the Classic stage on day 3 with a handshake of Jordan Lees hand instead of holding the trophy.  This may be just the beginning of a pair of careers that parallel each other.
     
  • After Jordan Lee won the Classic last year, I thought the sudden influx of commitments as champion would have at least a slight negative effect on his 2017 Elite season.  I now don't know if the back-to-back will do the same or if it has released King Kong.  Clunn cashed in every tournament in 1978 after his back-to-back (30th or better every tournament) and KVD did the same in the regular season events in 2011 (worst finish 33rd).
     
  • Jack Nicklaus came into his career challenging a legend (Arnold Palmer) and during his peak, was himself challenged by tough competitors such as Lee Trevino & Tom Watson.  If Jordan Lee is coming into his own the same way, will it light an even hotter fire under the Jacob Wheelers & Brandon Palanuiks to make sure their mark in Bass Fishing history isn't overlooked?  Great competition between talented individuals leads to some amazing performances by all.
     
  • As a big brother, I wonder if Matt Lee has ever just shaken his head & then pushed Jordan out of the boat into the lake... :D
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Great observations.  The future of Bass and some of the up and comers is unbelievable.  Kids at the high school and college level are waiting in the ranks to be the next Jordan Lee.  

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8 hours ago, OCdockskipper said:
  • In 1976, in his 3rd Classic, Rick Clunn won his very first BASS tournament.  He won a small, 20 angler special tournament in 1977 and then followed it up with his 2nd Classic in 4 tries.  He went on to finish 2nd in the 1978 Classic and 3rd in the 1979 Classic.

    The first half of that history is eerily similar to Lee's track record so far, it will be interesting to see if it continues the next few years.

     
  • In the 2015 Elite Season, Brent Ehrler edged out Jordan Lee for Rookie of the Year and when accepting the award, Ehrler graciously said that due to the number of years he had fished professionally, Jordan was the true ROY (this led to BASS changing the definition of a Rookie).  In both 2017 & 2018, Ehrler left the Classic stage on day 3 with a handshake of Jordan Lees hand instead of holding the trophy.  This may be just the beginning of a pair of careers that parallel each other.
     
  • After Jordan Lee won the Classic last year, I thought the sudden influx of commitments as champion would have at least a slight negative effect on his 2017 Elite season.  I now don't know if the back-to-back will do the same or if it has released King Kong.  Clunn cashed in every tournament in 1978 after his back-to-back (30th or better every tournament) and KVD did the same in the regular season events in 2011 (worst finish 33rd).
     
  • Jack Nicklaus came into his career challenging a legend (Arnold Palmer) and during his peak, was himself challenged by tough competitors such as Lee Trevino & Tom Watson.  If Jordan Lee is coming into his own the same way, will it light an even hotter fire under the Jacob Wheelers & Brandon Palanuiks to make sure their mark in Bass Fishing history isn't overlooked?  Great competition between talented individuals leads to some amazing performances by all.
     
  • As a big brother, I wonder if Matt Lee has ever just shaken his head & then pushed Jordan out of the boat into the lake... :D

Good observations.. These young guys can fish!

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Heres a thought .When the sport first took off the pros were multi species anglers . They spent years  just catching fish and bass just happened to be their ticket to making some cash . Do people like Jordan know that   much about fishing in general or are they just good at tourney fishing .

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8 hours ago, OCdockskipper said:
  • Jack Nicklaus came into his career challenging a legend (Arnold Palmer) and during his peak, was himself challenged by tough competitors such as Lee Trevino & Tom Watson.  If Jordan Lee is coming into his own the same way, will it light an even hotter fire under the Jacob Wheelers & Brandon Palanuiks to make sure their mark in Bass Fishing history isn't overlooked?  Great competition between talented individuals leads to some amazing performances by all.

 

The rivalry is real...

 

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12 hours ago, Team9nine said:

 

The rivalry is real...

What is funny about that is that Palaniuk is the old man in the group...

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It’s pretty amazing what Lee did with back to back classics but overall I think Wheeler is gonna be the next KVD/Clunn.

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