*Happy April Fool’s Day! This article is part of the Active NorCal April Fool’s Day Extravaganza. Don’t @ us.
Well folks, it’s that time of year again. As we head into April north state towns are already talking smack about their neighbors. The annual April Fishlympics is almost upon us with athletes across NorCal priming for some of the most popular events.
Mt. Shasta already has a good base of snow for the Fish Jumping event, but Mammoth Lakes fish jumper Myles Pleevus declared the Mt. Shasta team’s chances of dominating the event “smells like dead fish.”
Chico Greco-Roman Fish Wrestling champ Sue Piles implied Weaverville fish wrestler Diane Smelsh “snorts fish slime” prior to competing. Serious allegations, indeed.
Fish pole vaulters are excited that judges are allowing them to jump fish from Lake Shasta this year, taking the event to an unprecedented new level. Fish shot putters are also happy that a rule change will allow them to wear gloves, in deference to last year’s injury when a big fish slipped out of Ben Maltby’s grip and put a spectator in the hospital.
As the north state enters this inspiring Fishlympics season, let us all remember the words of Michael Jordan, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 fish in my career… I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” (Fish on, your Airness.)