The National Football League season will officially end in two weeks. The Pro Bowl will take place Sunday night at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, followed the by Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots the following Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
I always don't know what to do with myself, and I feel lost at the end of the football season.
Several fantasy football leagues crowned champions. Daniel Caldwell's team (the Durocks) won the Elite 12 League; Josh Branscum (the Grizzlies) took first in the I.B.C. League; Derek Bond (the Pirates) claimed the championship in the Possum League; Danny Caldwell (the Oklahomans) won the Cavanal Premiere League and Jacques Adams (the Jocks) took first in the Junior Ballerz League.
This is the first year that Joel Thomas put together a junior league for kids. Jeremy Newman wants everyone to know that he will be back next year, and that he expects to make the playoffs. I guess time will tell on that, Jeremy! I've never seen a team lose eight games in a row after beginning 4-0. Good luck, Jeremy!
Punt, Pass and Kick Competitions
The sixth annual Junior He-Man Punt, Pass and Kick Competition will take place at noon Feb. 4 at the “Jody Ray Sports Complex” at 306 Strip Pit Road. Ages 6 to 8 will be in the Li'l He-Man Division, while ages 9 to 12 will be in the Junior He-Man Division.
The 19th annual He-Man Punt, Pass and Kick Competition will be noon Feb. 5, also at the “Jody Ray Sports Complex” — by the way, that's Super Bowl Sunday! The entry fee is $5 per person. Ryan Rollison is working on getting ESPN to film the 20th anniversary of this event next year. That would be so cool!
The sponsors for these events are The Community State Bank, Green Country Trophy and Screen Printing, Warehouse Willy's, LaHuerta's Mexican Restaurant and Spider Webb's Farm Implements.
A Saturday of Hoops
Saturday morning, we went to the third-fourth grade Buccaneers Basketball Game. I swear that Kaden McBeth (No. 15) is Brian Free reincarnated. He passes the ball without looking, just like Free's famous “No-Look Pass.” Kaden will make a great point guard some day.
Sorry, Jace Sommers that I kept yelling at you to dunk the ball, but you're so tall I just know you can do it!
Arkansas Tackle and Hunting Show
After Saturday's hoops, we went to the Arkansas Tackle and Hunting Show at the Phoenix Expo Center in Fort Smith, Ark. We met R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from the television show, “Swamp People,” which airs on the History Channel. They were really serious, and they look taller on TV — but they're really nice guys, who will begin their fifth season of their show Feb. 9. “No guts, no ’gator!”
We watched the dogs run and jump in the tank, and do all kinds of tricks. We did a little “trout fishing” in the small pond at the show, and I visited every fishing tackle stand present.
I did get my first funnel cake that had melted chocolate on it with the standard powdered sugar — and it was so good!
Before we left, I rode my first mechanical bull. It was a lot harder than it looks on TV. I gave it everything I had, and I even threw my arm up in the air and shook my head — ready to be “Bud” on “Urban Cowboy”! But after only three rotations, I flew through the air like a frisbee and landing across the building with part of that funnel cake hanging out of my nose! I ended up outside the pit and slid under the nearby corn dog stand. It was brutal, but I'm glad I finally did it! Mechanical bulls were made famous after 1980's movie hit, starting John Travolta and Debra Winger, but they were mainly used by professional bull riders to train without getting frightened as if they would have possibly been if they had trained on the real bull.
I stopped by Hal's Homemade Jerky in Shady Point on the way home, and I got me some beef jerky. It's really good, and I really like that you can pick your own spice for your jerky while you're there. Try some — it's good. The store's website is www.halshomemadejerky.com .
After I left Hal's, I stopped at Karen's Kitchen in Panama to visit Brian Minks and Paul Fields for lunch. Karen makes everything from scratch, and even cuts her own steaks to whatever thickness you want. But I hear her homemade breakfast is great. She's there by 4:30 a.m. making biscuits, and opens for business at 6 a.m. If you're a real he-man, ask for “Karen's Mixed Breakfast.” Also, she has the “Smasher,” which is an 11-inch tall hamburger, and from what I can tell only one person has eaten the entire burger — Chris Anderson. So, I'm going to have to try one to see if I can eat an entire “Smasher.” I guarantee you that you won't leave Karen's Kitchen hungry! She's a sweet lady.
Here is the 2012 LeFlore County Bass Club Tournament Schedule:
— March 3 on Broken Bow Lake.
— March 18 on Lake Eufaula.
— April 14 on Lake Tenkiller.
— April 29 on Sardis Lake.
— May 5 on Wister Lake.
— May 20 on Sardis Lake.
— June 2 on Wister Lake.
— June 24 on Robert S. Kerr Reservoir.
Other 2012 Tournaments of Interest:
— Feb. 25 — Open Tournament on Broken Bow Lake.
— March 31 — Open Tournament on Wister Lake.
— April 28 — Open Tournament on Sardis Lake.
— July 14 — Open Tournament on Wister Lake.
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