Nothing but compliments for Morrison

While Dave and Lee Lindsay were accepting congratulatory handshakes from other anglers and the crowd, there stood Paul Morrison collecting his notes with a smile on his face and a slight rasp in his voice.
On the stand with his notes also were three packs of Halls Extra Strength lozenges to help ease Morrison’s voice, which had been stretched to the limits by the new emcee of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
“I bought Safeway out of Extra Strength Halls,” said Morrison, who also got help from his wife, Pam, who had mixed some honey with water and lemon, which helped him “get back on track.”
But what did he expect?
He didn’t really think he could emcee the “Kid-Pro” tournament (the first time the emcee for the “big show” has provided his services to that event) and the “Battle of the Band events,” as well as be there for “Streetheart” and, of course, the tournament itself, without feeling a strain on the vocal chords.
“I was doing a little bit of everything, and [FFCBC chairman] Doug [Cain] said not to be afraid to say no, but I like talking and it’s so much fun,” Morrison said.
He was stepping in for Lionel Robert, who had been with the tournament since its inception in 1995. And though he was a little nervous about taking over, Morrison still was happy to take over the reins.
“I’m not going to try and fill his shoes,” Morrison had said before the tournament. “We have totally different styles. We do totally different things, which I think will help me.”
In the end, the general consensus was that Morrison did more than his fair share as people continuously approached him, saying how much of a wonderful job he had done by providing a breath of fresh air to the FFCBC.
“It was just phenomenal. It was more than I expected and just unbelievable,” Morrison said.
“To be honest, it’s embarrassing [having people approach me and complimenting on the job I’m doing],” he added.
“I’m the face they see and the voice they hear over and over again, and this tournament is so well-run and organized and executed that it makes my job simple.”
So how was it emceeing “the show” on Day 3?
“I’ve had tingles watching them go through the tent for 10 years and today was no different,” Morrison remarked. “You feel goose bumps and the hair on the back of your neck, and I was just trying to add to the excitement.
“That’s something I’ll always remember.”
Morrison admitted he wasn’t perfect and made a few mistakes along the way, referring to it as “a learning curve.” But he expects that if he does come back next year, he will have learned from those mistakes and be able to provide a better show for the audience.
“God willing, or Doug willing, it will be better and more fun, even though I don’t think I could have had more fun than I did,” he said.
Another reason why he would be better is that the returning anglers would be familiar to Morrison and his style.
“I know the anglers better and they’ll have more things to share with me because they know my style—and know that things they say to me off the stage won’t be used against them on the stage,” he reasoned.
The audience also will be more familiar with Morrison. And judging by the positive statements people were saying about him afterwards, it seems his return would be a welcome one.

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