Kicking a stereotype.

Sunday, early. Bushwhacking through woods and fields. You see the first waves of fall migrants. Warblers, thrushes, hawks in groups. It’s a whole new ball game as the season changes.

But you can’t stay.

You gotta get home to watch the Bears kickoff. During the game, a familiar idea comes to mind: Stereotype busting.

(It’s the reason behind this website. You know: birders are rugged, not stereotypical geeks. We’ve said this before.)

How did the Bears kick a stereotype right out of the stadium? Here’s how:

Today’s new coach is a thin guy in glasses, and they say he’s got a law degree. Not exactly the old-time image of “Da Bears.”

Never underestimate anybody.

He was a college quarterback, then a big-time winner in cold Canadian pro football. A stereotype buster.

You liked watching the birds change with the season as you slogged through the wilds in the morning. And later that day you liked seeing an intellect in glasses have his team kick ass.

5 Responses to “Kicking a stereotype.”

  1. Peter R. says:

    Liked the old time image of the Bears– how well I remember “Da Bears” — also like the new image of the new coach. Both work as long as the team wins. How the hell you connect these observations about all kinds of things to the activites of birding is a kick in itself.

  2. Typehype says:

    Happiness is sitting in the park at lunchtime, listening to the birds go tweet tweet and reading a new Two Fisted blog post. I get it about the Bears and their coach. I felt that way about “Sacred Hoops” Phil Jackson and the Bulls.

  3. Jan says:

    I’m not a sports fan but I do appreciate the idea of “kicking a stereotype”. And I, too, love listening to and watching birds. You have awakened my senses!

  4. Rick says:

    The frenetic flight of a sparrow hawk desperately diving for dinner:
    The tight spiral of a pigskin spinning off a quarterback’s fingers, seeking
    the outstretched hands of a diving receiver.

    Each is a thing of beauty to the eye of a beholder in possession of a certain
    frame of mind.

  5. peg says:

    Great post, 2 fist. Rick, I agree. Beauty is always around us– it’s up to each of us to see it.

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