ICAST is still nearly two months away, but if industry buzz is accurate this is going to be the year of the trolling motor. With the introduction of the Ultrex a few years back, Minn Kota took a substantial lead in what was up until then a two-horse race at the top end. Now it appears that Garmin, Lowrance and possibly one other company (Power Pole?) are going to join the party.
The NBA All-Star Game will be played this Sunday in Charlotte, and you can be sure that both the arena and the television audience will be full of people who never laced up basketball shoes past junior high school. Their ranks may be outnumbered by fans who’ve never dribbled anything other than a beverage.
So far pro bass fishing’s “silly season” of sponsorship announcements has been pretty mild. There have been a few small tackle deals here and there, some comparatively inconsequential (at least to the fans) non-endemics, but no tree-shaking, yeti-slaughtering acts of commerce that’ll change the landscape.
I’ve blogged in this space since February of 2008, a total of nearly 9 ½ years. I’ve endeavored to provide at least two entries a week, and while I’ve failed to accomplish that on a handful of occasions, those failures are more than offset by the times that I’ve published three, four or even five pieces in a seven day span. That means that I’ve found inspiration on at least a thousand occasions to write something, and I’m sure that I have at least a thousand left in me.
In a spirited and far-ranging online discussion about the future of football, writers Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell seemed to agree on one thing: In every major sport, there is a “second conversation,” one that goes far beyond, and may not even intersect with, the activity that occurs on the field of play.