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Discussion: Sad News ** DAN SMITH **

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March 28, 2006
C-Man
Men's 55
36 posts
Sad News ** DAN SMITH **
I really didn't know where to put this but because we are all part of the SOFTBALL community and I'm sure that Dan Smith has touched most of us at one time in our lifes. I thought I would let everyone know this.
I got some sad news from the Jean Smith, wife of Dan Smith. My friend,Team mate & Sponsor of 20+ years. Dan Smith was ATTACKED by a Leopard while Hunting in Africa. He spent 3 days in a remote hospital prior to being released for his return trip back to the Uinited States. The Leopard did some major damage to him. The major concerns of course that be some type of infection might set in. He will have to go thru some plastic surgery to repair the damage the big cat inflicted on him. He is back in the states now. Our Prayers & wishes go out to Dan, his wife, Jean and his 3 sons, Dan, Steve & Chris Smith. God Bless / Cman#3 Cecil Litle
March 28, 2006
DoubleL10
Men's 65
834 posts
Cecil-I heard this news from Pat Dalsanders last Monday. I have tried to get an update to no avail; I am sure everyone is worried sick.

To all our softball brothers and sisters, please keep Dan Smith, his wife Jean and their sons in your prayers during this most trying of times.

I had the pleasure of playing on Dan's senior team for 3 years and he is a true gentleman and his entire family is top-notch.

Best wishes to our good friend, Dan Smith, on a quick and complete recovery.

Larry Lopez
March 28, 2006
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2688 posts
Dan posted a "thank you/reply" on The Old Scout. It seems like he is doing better.
March 30, 2006
Joncon
289 posts
I think it is a nice twist of fate when something like this happens. He is out hunting an unarmed animal with a high powered rifle and the Lepord wins!

It's like when the bullfighter gets gored I am always cheering for the bull.

Sorry. I know he is a legend but that's my take on things.
March 30, 2006
Ken
Men's 55
462 posts
Lol, I can't wait to hear the answers fo Joncon's Post. I'm against hunting too, but hoping for something bad to happen to the hunter is absurd.
March 31, 2006
Gene22
Men's 55
78 posts
Are you guys that F#%KEN board with life that you have to look for some deeper meaning to a message about someone getting injured? I do not know this man that got injured, but at 50+ and doing the things he loves is great. Give him some respect, or just shut the HELL up!!! Making lite of "Man Bites Dog" stories are funny, but this is NOT!!!!
March 31, 2006
DMac
Men's 60
186 posts
"Man eats dog"? Actually, this is more "Pussy eats man".
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
March 31, 2006
metrojim33
9 posts
i am with you cman. dont let these whiny pussys insult Dan. they buy a steak and dont worry where it came from. they need to get off their wives lap and be a man.
April 1, 2006
STONEMAN
Men's 50
535 posts
HUNTING for SPORT: One pays a great deal of cash to go on this kind of hunt. In almost all cases a guide will track an animal for one to kill. (Both the guide & the animal are paid for.) The animal that a guide picks out are usually old aninals that in most case won't live another 2 years or less. One can keep the head & in most cases the meat is given to an area orphans.
Ask most hunters that hunt big game & even game birds, it is long hours, a long walk, & in some cases one will not see a deer, a bear, or a bird that day.
In some of the Upper N.W. states, one can pay a guide plus a $1500 to hunt buffalo. This guide tracks one game & one shoots only that animal. The meat is then given to one of many charitable orginaz. in that area.
P.E.T.A. Stands for PEOPLE EATING TASTEY ANIMALS. So, I guest some of you will not be fishing w/ yer grandkids & will stop eating meat. High Tech equipment:: Will some of you men start hitting w/ wooden bats? How about giving up your cars & walking or ride a donkee to work??? LAST POINT: Has this message board gone to ............... or what?? I hope everyone is doing well & those of us that are hurting, all
heal very quickly. Let us wish everyone good health & happyness.
THE STONEMAN
April 1, 2006
Gary Heifner
248 posts
Not to distract from the concerns of this situation, but I did get a little chuckle out of the following. I was fishing about 20 years ago in Northern Wisconsin and had a small radio with an ear piece with me listening to the local radio station. The news guy says, as we all know the bear season opened at sunrise this morning. The current score is Bears 3 and humans "0". We have one hunter down with a heart attack and two down being shot by other hunters. Dan, Good luck with your recovery.
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