November 8, 2001

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Look out rivals of the Scotland County Lady Tigers basketball team. This may be a premature warning, but when the first words out your wife's mouth as the doctor delivers your baby and announces it is a girl are "That means our daughters can play on the same basketball team" means someone has some hoops plans for this family.

You might think that I am exaggerating, but it's true. I even caught my wife scouting through the area newspapers scanning all the birth announcements as she checked out the competition to see who was having kids in rival school districts. At the same time she was planning our team here in SCR-I. She was truly disappointed when Coach Andrea Ryan had a boy this summer instead of girl. I wouldn't be surprised if she was calling all athletic young couples in the county suggesting they have children immediately so her girls will have some great teammates.

Okay I stretched that last paragraph a bit, but one thing is for sure, we will be SCR-I boosters soon enough. At this point my true focus will be on softball and basketball, but I'm pretty sure we'll have a football player before it's over.

While we're entering the playing field, several senior football players said their farewells to the Scotland County fans November 1 in a special Thursday night season finale. The Tigers went out in impressive fashion with a huge win over Putnam County. Hats off to Coach Dave Shalley and his class act as he and his coaching staff did his best to get all his seniors one final moment of glory. It was an up and down season but this was quite a send off for a quality bunch of kids.

I was ordered out of the hospital room that evening and made it to the field for the first half. But I went back to the bedside at the intermission and missed the most impressive half of football all season for SCR-I.

The Thursday birthday kept me out of the woods this weekend, the first time I can remember missing opening day of bird season in quite some time. But with the bird picture as gloomy as forecasted, I don't think I missed much, especially considering the warm temperatures. But there where some birds on my schedule for the weekend as I was allowed to attend the annual Pheasants Forever banquet in Memphis. While I'm on the congratulations trail I must offer up my praise for what was an impressive show. The crowd, the banquet and the auction were all impressive so congratulations go out to all involved.

It's been awful hard writing this as I am doing so on my laptop at home as I watch game seven of the 2001 World Series. The Diamondbacks just tied it up in the bottom of the ninth inning. I can't remember a better nail-biter of a series. I truly wanted someone besides the Yankees to win, but when I thought about it, a win for New York City would have been all right too considering the circumstances. But Arizona prevailed, ironically in the final at bat just as the Yankees had done the same thing to them on two occasions to lead the Series.

While they may not let me have much maternity leave from work, deer season starts this weekend so I may have to try to milk the new daddy routine to get a day off next week to try to bag the big one.

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