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ESPY Award - Best Outdoor Sports Athlete(9 posts)

ESPY Award - Best Outdoor Sports Athletegregario
Jul 11, 2002 5:20 AM
Drumroll please......And the ESPY for Best Outdoor Sports Athlete goes to....KEVIN VANDAM!!!

Uh, this guy fishes for a living. I just can't get my mind around the fact that a person can make a living this way. He lives a few miles away and I occasionally bike by his house. It's not quite a mansion but it's huge. I just don't get it. I'm absolutely sure that folks say the same about cycling but at least it's an ATHLETIC activity. No offense to people who fish, I enjoy it as well, but I just don't get how you can make your living by it. I guess it's nice work if you can get it. I give the guy credit.
You can bonk from fishing, golfing, bowling, and baseball. nmeschelon
Jul 11, 2002 7:25 AM
perhaps he fishes for sharks, wrestling them into submission? nmweiwentg
Jul 11, 2002 7:34 AM
need distinction between "sports athlete" and "sportsman" (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 11, 2002 7:36 AM
Where's the Croc Hunter guy? nmmr_spin
Jul 11, 2002 7:51 AM
Lots of people fish for a living.bikedodger
Jul 11, 2002 8:22 AM
There are still many commercial fishermen. There are far fewer sport fishermen who make their liveing from it.

RE:Lots of people fish for a living.gregario
Jul 11, 2002 8:25 AM
ok, I meant "sport" fishing for a living. I didn't mean as an industry.
I'm not even so sure...empacher6seat
Jul 11, 2002 8:43 AM
that I'd classify fishing as a sport. Same with bowling, darts, and pool. I can't believe some of that stuff gets coverage on our sports channels.
I have no idea why he won such an award but...Walter
Jul 11, 2002 10:39 AM
.. recreational or sport fishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. If you are good enough at finding fish which is a true skill, though not an athletic one, you can make a living as a charter captain or guide. Most eke out a living but a few do very well. This guy I've never heard of must do very well indeed.

Not surprised that ESPN didn't recognize cycling but am surprised it went so far off the mainstream. I would've figured yet another Tiger Woods award.