A professional angler found to have stuffed lead sinkers down the throats of fish he submitted for weigh-ins during a prestigious bass-fishing tournament has been banned for life from that and other competitions in a scandal that has rocked the tight-knit and passionate bass-fishing community.
Forget gaining notoriety by actually being compelling. It seems bass fishing regards cheating as a one-way ticket to relevancy in the sports world, which on the surface isn’t a totally outrageous notion. But we have news for all the anglers out there: the rarified air of the steroids scandal in baseball is way out of reach. Mimicking the doping thing in cycling might be doable, but no one gives a shit about cycling either, and becoming the next Floyd Landis is not something that Mike Hart (or anyone else for that matter) should aspire to. And what’s with using phrases like “a day of infamy” and “acted alone” to describe this situation? We have no problem with hyperbole, but invoking the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Kennedy assassination here is just a tad, um, fishy.