June 7th, 2013 at 3:50 PM ^

Ugh hate to see attrition, but this does open up another scholarship spot for 2014. DHIII had some nice pad level and size, but speed and feet quickness were areas of concern. Good luck to him wherever he ends up.


June 7th, 2013 at 3:57 PM ^

Unexpected and unfortunate news came in today about the departure of Dr. Hamlet III. The only evidence we have so far is from Taylor Lewan's twitter account so the exact details aren't clear, but we have been made aware that city ordinances may conflict with scholarships for barn animals.

While this clears out a spot for the 2014 class, we can only hope a NCAA overrule will return Dr. Hamlet III to his real home as a Michigan Man(BallPig).


More after whatever


June 7th, 2013 at 6:19 PM ^

My vegan, animal loving wife and I just got our first house last week. She's wanted to keep pot-belly pigs, but we had trouble finding a place because of zoning. The pig raising books and websites we've looked at all say to check your local zoning laws first. Our experience in rural PA was that pigs were typically in a grey zone, sometimes pets (dogs, cats) and sometimes farm animals (cows, horses, sheep), and sometime it depended on how many pot-belly pigs you had (>2 = farm animals, for zoning purposes). Some fancy neighborhoods allowed up to 2 pigs, and some more rural areas didn't; it was almost random. But we found a small farmette in a sort of MadMax-type area that doesn't have any rules at all, so we can get all the pigs, sheep, goats, etc we want. (Our new neighbor has chickens, goats, 2 sheep, a peacock, and an alpaca).


June 7th, 2013 at 7:15 PM ^

a delay at Metro across from 3 or 4 alpaca ranchers. As I recall they were homeward bound from an auction. I learned a few things that trip, among them the fact that those guys are serious about alpacas, as well as how expensive a prime alpaca can be.

I can't believe your wife keeps animals and then teases them by eating their food. Diabolical!


June 7th, 2013 at 8:32 PM ^

So, this traveling salesman stops at a farmhouse in the midwest to peddle his wares.  After a successful sale, the farmer invites him to dinner with his family.  The salesman graciously accepts.
The farmer is sitting at the head of the table with his wife and oldest daughter on one side, and his two sons on the other.  At the other end of the table sits a pig.  The salesman notices that the pig only has three legs.
Dinner is served and everyone eats their fill, including the pig.  Coffee and desert follow, along with engaging conversation.  The pig grunts along.  Finally it's getting late, the salesman thanks the family for a lovely dinner and gets ready to leave.  But before he does, he addresses the farmer.
"My apologies, but I must ask a question.  Who is this pig who you treat just like a member of your family?"
"Son", the farmer says, "That there is the greatest pig in the world.  One night when we were all sleeping, the attic caught on fire and the flames started to spread very quickly.  That pig woke up, ran into each room, and squealed loudly until each one of us was safe.  He even dialed 911 with his snout which brought the firemen here with enough time to save the house."  
"Another time, we were about to be foreclosed because the crops had failed and we did not have enough money to pay the mortgage.  That pig saved us.  From all his rooting around over the years, he had found a sack of antique gold coins buried in the field many years ago.  When they came to repossess the house, he grabbed me by the pant leg and excitedly led me to the coins.  We were saved."
"Greatest pig in the world, he is."
"Yes, I can see that he is very special to you", said the salesman.  "But if you don't mind me asking, why does he only have three legs?"
"Well son, it's like this", said the farmer.  "When a pig means this much to you . . . you just can't eat him all at once."  


June 7th, 2013 at 11:46 PM ^

not worth the butchering.  and pig scat has a funk like no other animal - it will get in your brain.  i suspect as hamlet got older the 'cute' wore off and the smell got worse.  buh-bye pet. 


June 8th, 2013 at 9:07 AM ^

He heard that a pig saved the lives of a family by alerting them there was a fire. When the reported interviewed the family, the family raved about the pig. When the pig ran around the corner of the house and the reporter saw him, the reporter exclaimed "That pigs only got three legs". The farmer replied "Well you don't eat a pig that's that valuable all at once".

Good luck Hamlet.