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Change is the name of the game--except for Christmas

By Richard C. Snell
Barton County Extension Agent--Agriculture


I probably should have been a sports writer. I did do some play by play broadcasting when I was in college. I see a lot of similarities between farming and sports.

At the risk of sounding like Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes or giving a history of sports, I want to continue some thoughts that I had from a few weeks ago. I just can't help it--I enjoy sports and I like history.

Over the years, many professional teams have left causing bitter feelings. Moves to the West Coast by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City and then to Oakland. The Cleveland Browns left and became the Baltimore Ravens. This caused quite an uproar with the Cleveland fans. However, this probably wasn't as bad as the earlier move of the long-time Baltimore Colts franchise to Indianapolis. They left in the middle of the night. They retained the colts name. The football Raiders have bounced back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles and the Chargers of San Diego originally were in Los Angeles.

More recently, the Seattle Super Sonics of pro basketball, packed up and moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Then there are the Los Angeles Angels, who have never moved but just can't decide where they are located. They have always been the Angels but have been the Los Angeles Angels, the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, and now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In this case, I think a rose by any other name would be as sweet. In other words "who cares."

Some teams have changed location and kept the name and it worked out. The St. Louis football Cardinals became the Arizona Cardinals and since there are cardinals flying about everywhere, it matched. The Los Angeles Rams of pro football became the St. Louis Rams and again there are probably more sheep near St. Louis than in LA.

Some of the smart ones did change their nicknames--mascots or whatever you want to call them. The Kansas City Chiefs were originally the Dallas Texans. Texans just wouldn't have fit. The Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Titans. I am sure they didn't intentionally steal this nick name. No, I'm not talking about the high school team from the movie "Remember the Titans", even though it is one of my all time favorites. Originally the New York Jets were the New York Titans. They only had that name for a year or two and don't remember why they changed.

What goes around, comes around as some professional sports franchises have been able to start new teams with the name they had lost years before. The Browns and the Texans ended up being the name of the Houston team.

Talk about name changes. Remember when the Farm Service Agency was the ASCS office and our own Family and Consumer Sciences was home economics and we had EHU and HDU groups.

There is one name that has never changed and never will. He is the reason for the Christmas season. Born around 2000 years ago, he changed the world forever and his name is Jesus the Christ. He's the best gift ever.

With all the changes in our world, it's good to know there is one person we can count on. He is eternal and he is always there for us. Celebrate his birth the whole year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Wildlife and the new farm bill

Larned will be the host for an informational meeting on the new farm bill and how it impacts wildlife. The meeting will be held Jan. 5, 10 a.m., at the J.A. Haas Exhibit Building on the Fairgrounds. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. However, please call the Pawnee County Extension Office at 620-285-6901 by Dec. 30 to register, so that we can have a head count for the meal.

Landlords, tenants, hunters, and anyone interested in wildlife should find this meeting educational. Come to learn about the specific needs of wildlife, food plot management, what plants are preferred by wildlife, how to find areas that could be managed to benefit wildlife, what Federal, State and other programs are available to help manage the costs of wildlife restoration, and lease hunting.

This meeting is for anyone interested in improving areas for wildlife and receiving money from the new farm bill and other sources to help cover the costs. E-mail Rodney Wallace at or call if you have any questions or would like to register for the meeting.


Date: 12/31/08


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