Hats off to the Auburn University Tigers/War Eagles (why do they get two mascots?) for once again beating the Gators with a last second field goal. Auburn's defense was very good and their quarterback was flawless. Their coaching was damn good, too.
Tomorrow's rankings will be very interesting. This year's title will be up for grabs if either LSU or USC stumbles.
But, whoa there big fella, there's a whole lot of football to be played yet. After LSU, the Gators face two other top 25 ranked teams. That will be a tough stretch. But by the night of October 27 we'll know if we should cry in our beer or crank up the gloatometer.
While we wait, we can gloat a little about this. Check out the Regional Rankings, upper right corner. But look who's #3?
A guy walks into a bar with a dachshund under his arm. The dog is wearing a Tampa Bay Buccaneer's jersey and helmet, and is festooned with Buccaneer pom-poms.
The bartender says, "Hey! No pets are allowed! You'll have to leave."
The guy begs him, "Look, I'm desperate! We're both big fans, the TV's broken at home, and this is the only place around where we can see the game."
After securing a promise that the dog will behave, and warning him that he and the dog will be thrown out if there's any trouble, the ;bartender relents and allows them to stay in the bar and watch the game.
The big game begins with the Buccaneers receiving the kickoff. They march down field, get stopped at the 30, and kick a field goal. Suddenly, the dog jumps up on the bar and begins walking up and down the bar giving high-fives to everyone.
The bartender says, "Wow, that's the most amazing thing I've ever seen! What does the dog do if they score a touchdown?"
The owner replies,
"I don't know, I've only had him for three years."
Hummingbird Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
Flamingo! One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
Falcon! Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
Black Skimmer These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
Dead sea turtle cool, but smelly
Reddish Egret These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
Brown Pelican I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
Wood Pecker They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.