Archery hunt hits the spot
If Nov. 15 (the firearms deer opener) is the main course of the Michigan’s three-month-long deer-hunting feast, then Oct. 1 (the archery opener) is the savory hors d’oeuvre.
In the case of this particular banquet, some would argue, the appetizer is more satisfying than the entree. There are good reasons for that.
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The hunt is on
The archery deer season started today. I was in my stand by 6:45 a.m., and was handsomely rewarded for my effort.
I witnessed the beauty of a breaking dawn, the uproarious spectacle of turkeys flying down from their roosts, the morning routines of various birds and squirrels.
And, oh yeah, I saw a deer - well out of bow range, in thick brush.
All and all, it was a successful morning.
Out with the crowd
Heads up, all you die-hard Detroit Tigers fans: Who’s the guy in the Tigers cap sitting behind my nephew, Henry, at Comerica Park?
Think 1984. Think Kirk Gibson. Think Boom Boom Room.
Still can’t guess? OK, here’s the clue that should close the deal: karate kick.
Surely you’ve figured it out by now. I’ll check back with you in an hour, or so.
Lying in wait
On Sunday - a classic yard-work day - my wife spotted this grape-size fellow lounging in his web, strung among the branches of a mugo pine bush near our house, waiting for a meal.
Can anybody out there name him?
Do, or die
I’ve come to peace - I really have - with the proposition that if the Tigers don’t win the Central Division title today, and paint themselves into a do-or-die one-game play-off, then they’ll get exactly what they deserve.
Their fate was in their own hands; all they had to do was win the past two games against the last-place Minnesota Twins.
Instead, they coughed up 23 runs in those two games, and have put their play-off hopes - beyond the dangerous one-game shoot-out - in jeopardy.
If they blow it today, with the much-heralded David Price towing the slab at Comerica, I won’t shed a tear for them. I swear!
(Free Press photo of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus)