It's 4 o'clock on a rainy Friday afternoon. Most of southern Alabama is sluggish; in many offices, business executives and workers are cocking their eyes at wall clocks, thinking about checking out, maybe even a little early if they can get away with it.
Following the mandatory Bassmaster Elite Series pre-tournament briefing, there were a lot of dreamers walking around in that Tavares, Fla., parking lot. Few of them were as young as 23-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Brandon Palaniuk.
Inside the locker at his Toronto high school, Dave Mercer didn't have a picture of Michael Jordan, Joe Montana or Fred McGriff. No, Mercer had a photo of Hank Parker hanging on the door, eliciting some ribbing from his friends.