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Old 06-26-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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Default Velvet Elvis, rest in peace....

Steven Leggett

Last thoughts on the death of the Velvet Elvis

The reason Velvet Elvis was created was to make sure people got the recognition they deserved back when there were not many here. Now we see threads where 500 to 1000 people see a successful hunt with maybe 100 comments (depending on the hunt). Point being, there seems to be plenty of recognition on the green screen.

While I'm a bit disturbed by the eagerness of some to take a TBH icon out by the collar and shoot him like a dog with mange, I understand the motives. The Velvet Elvis was never meant to overlook anyone who was able to close the deal with archery tackle. To omit hogs or restrict the award in an effort to save also seems wrong. Shooting hogs is the freakin' backbone of bowhunting in Texas. Heck people fly here from other states to do that. When Landon Smith arrows his first hog, he will deserve a VE if it still exists. Same goes for the rest of our kids who are still too young to draw. Heck my little Devil's Sinkhole doe still ranks as one of my best moments in a tree. To restrict to bucks simply does not sit well with me. Shooting does is critical to the maintenance of a healthy deer population in Texas. I could go on, but you get my point.

Joey did an awesome job carrying the torch. The award was as personal and warm as ever. Letting everyone try to help watered it down a bit but at least we still had our tradition alive. Green screen traditions such as the tasteful LDP are also a big part of what makes TBH so unique and successful. But opening it up to everyone is also a problem because a handful of guys stepped up while a handful of others will always be ready to point out that they never got their award (and rightfully so).

Problem is we simply can't keep up. Heck we can't even read a fraction of all the threads today. Even Rob can't do that!

For historical record, the idea first emerged on this sacred board on July 6th, 2002 on or about 1:42PM.

I'm calling for his death on October 26th, 2006 at 8:00 AM.

Codeman gets the last VE from me...if I can find his report!.
(Link to discussion on last VE - Codemans buck.)

Thanks to all who worked to preserve this GS tradition. Thank ye, thank yee verra muchh.

Let's all join hands and sing!

And now the end is near
So I face the final curtain
My friend, Ill say it clear
Ill state my case of which I'm certain

I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception

I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
Oh, and more, much more than this
I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I'm sure you know
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fails, my share of losing
And now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, no not me
I did it my way

For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has not
To say the words he truly feels
And not the words he would reveal
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
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