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Classic expectations and reality

Updated: December 29, 2006, 5:15 AM ET
By Steve Bowman | Bassmaster.com exclusive

Expectations are a funny thing, at least when you pair them up with the Bassmaster Classic.

After two decades of covering the Classic it's easy to remember a host of times when expectations didn't measure up. As a matter of fact, in all that time, Kevin VanDam's victory at Pittsburgh last year is the only time when pre-tournament expectations came close to playing out.

That could be considered a no-brainer: KVD plus tough fishing plus smallmouth bass equals Classic championship. But ...

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