I'm not a pessimist, but I did wonder what it meant when I turned on the heat in my truck and was almost overcome by the smell of cooked cat poop that apparently oozed into the treads of my hiking boots on the walk through my yard.
NEW ORLEANS - The moment was about as stilted as it could get, though Les Miles and Nick Saban certainly knew the routine. They posed stiffly for the photographers, smiles fixed on their faces and the BCS trophy between them, even though everyone in the room except the BCS bigwigs who crowded into the photo op knew they would both rather be somewhere - make that anywhere - else.
It's now 2012, and I'm sure many of us have made and probably already broken our New Year's resolutions.
It was fun in a way the NFL often isn't, a midseason diversion that sent fans into a frenzy in Denver and prompted people around the country to drop to a knee. Even if you didn't believe in Tim Tebow, it was hard to take your eyes off him as he found ways to win despite passes that fluttered about like balloons on a windy day.
The rainbow trout in the Stanislaus Rivers had no idea that Sunday was the first of a new year.
Just about this time every year I find myself in Arizona.
Well, are we all ready? Are we standing on top of a grassy hill, fishing rods, hunting rifles, mountain bikes, ab-rollers, recycling bins and piggy banks raised above our collective heads, calling out "Freedom" like William Wallace, ready to attack the new year like "warrior poets"?
Every once in a while I see someone out on the water with a dog in their boat.
"Presents are the best way to show someone how much you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say 'Hey man, I love you this many dollars-worth.'"
In 1964 Robert Traver, author of the classic book and movie Anatomy of a Murder, wrote a delightful book, Anatomy of a Fisherman in which appeared:
The best thing about rain this time of the year is that it knocks down the fog. The worst thing about it of course is staying dry. When it comes to purchasing rain gear, you get what you pay for. The least expensive gear might hold up for a trip or two but it's definitely not going to be comfortable.
A year or so ago, I wrote a column about which rifle cartridge I considered as the best all round caliber of all. Some of you agreed with me and some did not. It was a fun exercise, in part, because it gets people to thinking, about why they prefer one gun over another.
I'm not sure how, but the other day I forgot that my truck would be glazed by the overnight air and thus failed to allot a few extra minutes for that segment of my morning.
It was nice to finally get out and going fishing with some of my childhood friends.
I wonder if Ray Bradbury was morbidly happy.
He had to be the hero.
The Manteca Futbol Club is hosting tryouts this weekend for its youngest teams.
LANSING, Mich. – Ken Huckaby has received a promotion.
EUGENE, Ore. – In his five months as a student-athlete at Oregon, Jake McCreath has gotten used to the chaos and the frenzy that follows the football team.
Last Thursday, while celebrating Thanksgiving, I mentioned to a family member that I was excited about my upcoming fishing trip.
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