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The star gap

2/13/2011

A lot of professional sports talk about being fan friendly. NASCAR takes pride in this. So does bass fishing.

By "fan friendly" they seem to mean that the athletes are readily accessible to the folks who show up to see them play, race or weigh in. The easier it is to shake hands with or get the autograph of your hero, the more fan friendly the sport.

Now, I've never been to a NASCAR race ("drive fast, turn left" doesn't do it for me), but I've been to lots of baseball, basketball and football games — even a few hockey games — and I can attest that professional bass fishing is pretty fan friendly. You can get to the anglers, talk fishing, even get an autograph or two ("Mr. Brauer, would you please sign it to 'The greatest bass fisherman I've ever known'?").