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Fall is in the air. It’s here and it feels fantastic.

Last week while uninstalling the window a/c unit, I found an unusual creature.

A frog.

I lifted the unit out of the window and resting on the 2x4 I use to keep the unit level a little green intruder.

So, I did what any young person does – I took a picture of it. Then I strategized how to get it safely off the window sill. While I was thinking it jumped into the house.

After about three minutes of moving furniture and planning an attack, I used a magazine and a hat to coerce the frog safely back into the wild.

It was the perfect place for a frog to take a nap. I’ve seen this frog before. It was sitting on my tv stand earlier this summer—the same course of action – hat and magazine.

They were just a little more hoppy this time around.

Anyway, Autumnus (Latin meaning passing of the year) is upon us, which means it’s sweatshirt weather.

The season technically doesn’t start until September 22. However, I’m all for it starting early. There’s something extraordinary about the crispness in the air. And sports are back.

In any typical year, this would be the time for the Packers. Due to the coronavirus, the NBA is forced to play in a bubble furnished by the Disney Corporation while pro baseball teams play a fraction of their games, in empty stadiums.

When this all started I thought – wow, the Brewers, Bucks and Packers might all be playing simultaneously.

However, it seems the Milwaukee Bucks have realized they have a coach who doesn’t know how to make adjustments in the postseason, the Milwaukee Brewers can’t hit the ball and the Packers have been alienating their star player for the past decade.

It’s a grim outlook, but I think the recent success Wisconsin pro teams have had over the last three years for Milwaukee and the last 30 years for the Packers may be ending soon.

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is a once-in-a-lifetime player who becomes a free agent after this season, and MVP Christian Yellich needs some help with hitting personally and the Brewers could use some more integrity in the bullpen.

Don’t get me started on how the Packers front office has handled Aaron Rodgers.

They were a powerhouse, but now another city can take over. Maybe Minneapolis. The Timberwolves, Twins, and Wild might be on the way up.

We all know the Vikings will never amount to anything, especially with a quarterback who might prefer dying on the field like a gladiator.

I’m hoping for the best when the Packers meet the Vikings in the season opener. Who knows, with a little luck, maybe this could be the year for our teams.