The Field & Stream Vote
This morning as I tried to draw up plays for the anemic Bengals offense — the worst since Coach Marvin Lewis offered a glimmer of hope when he took over six seasons ago — I was greeted with a press release from the hunting and fishing stalwart, Field & Stream, about its pivotal role this campaign season.
Um, yeah. Those of you who have read my contributions to the TWI blog know I come from this demographic, or at least grew up with it. I can recall with some exactness a conversation at the barbershop that my barber, Ray, had with a customer. The customer said that he had 40 to 50 rabbits over the past week, and intended to give the meat to his preacher.
But before I get snippy, the interviews do deal with serious subjects like conservation and the environment. In my time around both serious hunters and fishermen, I’ve often found that they care a great deal about such issues and have great respect for the environment in which they are engaged. They worry about over-fishing of waters and unfair gaming practices. And they loathe the suburban sprawl that depletes our open spaces and strains our ecology.
Both interviews can be read at www.FieldandStream.com. Now, I can return to drawing up plays to create a better protection bubble for quarterback Carson Palmer and open lanes for his two Pro Bowl wide receivers. They’re playing the Super Bowl champion New York Giants this weekend and I’m determined to set this team straight — whether they like it or not.