This week we were reminded what makes a champion.
Maybe that's why the Triple Crown Championship is so popular. The Series defines greatness in people who show us what championship behavior is all about.
We saw it this week when a little over 2 pounds make a whole lot of difference to Patrick Ivie. Patrick took to social media after being bumped from first place in the ECBC with a once-in-a-lifetime Blue Marlin and showed why he's clearly championship caliber material.
We saw it during the first leg of the Championship when two minutes made a whole lot of difference to Rusty Skalla and Captain Jason Hallmark on the Rise Up. Again, grace under pressure and inspirational championship behavior. None of us will soon forget how they handled themselves in that heartbreaking situation.
All of us with the Triple Crown are humbled and grateful to be associated with these teams and everyone who competes so hard to win the most coveted Championship on the Gulf of Mexico.
Their championship behavior under pressure inspires all of us to be better people and proves once again it's not about the money or the glory...
It's about being a champion.
Scott Poppell Rise Up
838.2 lb 1st Place Blue Marlin
Championship standings after the fourth leg of the Series
Breathe Easy 480 points
Rise Up 365
Click Through 260 (eligible for entry in the BMGC)
Cotton Patch 260
Wild Hooker 185*
Insetta Boat Works 185*
You Never Know 125
Sea Mixer 125
Reel Addiction 100
The Kracken 100*
* not eligible to win the Championship.