I've always wondered if the generic Homer Circle questions are made up and if the generic responses are just stock answers from ancient sporting mags entered into a database. Who actually reads that column?
And the antique gear Q&A page is quite the dud too. "How much is this beat up Zebco combo worth? My Uncle John Jack won the 1973 Tri-States Catfish Derby with it and I think it's worth a pretty penny." For the good stuff, I think the columnist purposely lowballs the value to keep asking prices low.