Brauer's better half

Updated: April 6, 2011, 11:59 PM ET
By Craig Lamb | Bassmaster.com

FLORENCE, Ala. -- Denny Brauer matter-of-factly took the lead at Wednesday's first day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Alabama Charge.

Meanwhile, a ritual that has repeated itself countless times over the past 25 years happened off stage as well.

Backstage was Shirley Brauer, her twinkling eyes and jubilant expression just as emotionally charged as the first time the ritual happened some 25 years ago.

Brauer's wife of 41 years might stand in the visual background, but it's ...

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