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Michael Jordan's Catch 23 crew finishes ninth in fishing tournament despite 442-pound Marlin catch

Michael Jordan's Catch 23 crew finishes ninth in fishing tournament despite 442-pound Marlin catch

Michael Jordan can't be the G.O.A.T. at everything.

Jordan's fishing crew, Catch 23, finished ninth in the 62nd Annual Big Rock Tournament despite hauling in an impressive catch last week.

Last Tuesday, Jordan's crew reeled in a 442-pound blue marlin, which was good for fifth-place at the time. Several spectators cheered on Jordan and his Catch 23 crew as they approached the dock and reeled in the gigantic fish.

However, over the final four days of the competition, several other boats hauled in heavier marlins, pushing the Catch 23 crew down the leaderboard.

Jordan's team would not reel in a heavier marlin the rest of the competition, as their 442-pound haul ended up ninth out of the 10 total crews.

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The winning boat, Pelagic Hunter II, reeled in a 495.2-pound blue marlin, slightly edging out Sea Striker, who's boat reeled in a 495.0-pound marlin.

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Former Terps, NBA players say Len Bias would have been worthy rival to Michael Jordan

Former Terps, NBA players say Len Bias would have been worthy rival to Michael Jordan

As they battled it out in the ACC for Maryland and North Carolina, it was only natural to wonder in the 1980s if Len Bias and Michael Jordan would continue their rivalry at the NBA level. Unfortunately, Bias never made it that far as he passed away just days after being taken as the No. 2 pick in the 1986 draft. Jordan, of course, went on to be the best player in NBA history.

Former Maryland stars and NBA players Tony Massenburg and Walt Williams still wonder what could have been. And knowing Bias as well as they did, they think he would have been a worthy adversary for Jordan in the pros.

They both joined the 'Wizards Talk' podcast to reflect on Bias, now 34 (his jersey number) years to the week of his untimely death.

"There's no question in my mind he would have been one of the all-time greats," Massenburg said. "Every year it would have been the Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. The debate would have been who is the greatest, who is going to inherit this mantle: Michael Jordan or Len Bias?... There is no doubt in my mind that the Boston Celtics would have won championships. There's no doubt that the Chicago Bulls would not have won six."

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Massenburg said Bias would have realized his potential in Boston in part because he would have studied under Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, two Hall of Famers who played a similar position. And, Massenburg added, he would have been like Dominique Wilkins but with a better outside shot.

The truth is, both Williams and Massenburg, haven't seen a true contemporary of Bias since he passed away. And they wonder if that would be different if he lived.

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"You never got a chance to see a replica of him in the younger generation," Williams said. "To me, that's the saddest thing about Lenny and his death. When you saw a guy like Michael Jordan, when he played in the NBA for years and years, you started to see the next generation copy his game. You can see it incorporated in a lot of guys who play the game now. I think that was because of how he progressed at the NBA level. You never got an opportunity to see Len Bias do that."

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Watch: Michael Jordan, Catch 23 fishing crew reel in 442-pound marlin

Watch: Michael Jordan, Catch 23 fishing crew reel in 442-pound marlin

Between 'The Last Dance' and his $100 million donation to organizations fighting for racial inequality, NBA legend Michael Jordan has been in the news frequently over the past couple of months.

On Tuesday, the GOAT made headlines again, but it had nothing to do with anything basketball-related.

Jordan and his fishing crew set out to sea on Tuesday afternoon, participating in the 62nd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in North Carolina. Jordan's crew, Catch 23, reeled in an incredible catch: a 442.3-pound blue marlin.

When Jordan's boat docked later in the afternoon, his crew was seen pulling the marlin out of the water onto the boat. A large crowd was in attendance, cheering loudly as the crew brought the marlin out of the water. Jordan was spotted on the back of the boat, smoking a cigar as his crew brought the fish above water.

What's remarkable about the catch is the marlin was just the fifth-heaviest catch of the day, as the first-place boat reeled in a marlin weighing 494.2 pounds, according to TMZ.

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The competition has a huge prize of $3.4 million. The Big Rock tournament is not the first major competition Jordan and his crew have competed in, as they participated in the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md., last August.

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The competition doesn't end for another four days, so Jordan and Catch 23 have some time to make up the difference. And if 'The Last Dance' was any indication of Jordan's fishing abilities, the six-time NBA champion will find a way to come through in the clutch.

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