The Fox’s Original Recipe Tee

March 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

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Now that is one tasty tee. The Fox’s Original Recipe is a closely guarded secret. Only three people are permitted to memorize it at a time, it is not written down. The Fox keeps his recipe close to his chest and now you can too with this tee. Too bad he only makes it once a year for his annual invitation-only spelunking soiree. What a handsome snob. You can be one too.

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The Handsome Fox © 2014

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The Fox Recommends: Opening Day and Some Baseball History

March 30, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Opening Day of Major League Baseball. When thirty teams look forward to playing 2430 games over the next 180 days and everyone is a baseball fan, at least for a little while. Thinking of the day conjures sight, sound and smell memories of past games. Cracking peanut shells under footfalls, the hecklers, the anticipatory gasps when the ball connects and the exalted cheers at the resulting double play. The whiff of that first overpriced ballpark hot dog of the year, a harbinger of warmer weather to come. The cold brew on an almost always crummy and cold day – that still somehow tastes so amazing. There’s nothing quite like Opening Day.

Every city, team and fan has their own Opening Day traditions. Some take the day off work to party all day with family and friends, the rest of us call in sick to do the same. Others hold an annual parade, unfurl the largest American flag we’ve ever seen, while still others watch some Clydesdale horses run along the baselines in full regalia.

In Detroit, Tigers fans come in droves to tailgate all day in front of Comerica Park and party like its a hot summer day with nothing better to do. We brave the rain and the snow that often threatens our home openers to enjoy a coney, an overpriced pizza, and one of the most American experiences there is – your team’s home opener. Charlie Bennett was an integral part of the Detroit Tiger’s opening day for their first 26 years of existence.

Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania on November 21st, 1854, Charles Wesley Bennett played in 1062 major league games over 15 seasons. Bennett racked up a .340 on-base percentage, 978 hits, 203 doubles, 67 triples, 55 home runs and 533 RBIs during his career.

Widely regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of the 19th century, he led the National League in fielding percentage by a catcher seven times. Bennett is even credited with inventing the chest protector when he had his wife assemble a cork-lined vest he could wear under his uniform.

Starting with the Milwaukee Grays in 1878 and then the Worcester Ruby Legs in 1880, Bennett moved to the Detroit Wolverines when the franchise was established in 1881. He played eight seasons with the Wolverines and led the team in slugging percentage for the first four years of the team’s existence, and was always a fan favorite. The 1888 season was the last for the Detroit Wolverines franchise – leading Bennett to play his final five major league seasons with the Boston Beaneaters, with whom he won the 1892 World Championship Series over the Cleveland Spiders.

Following the 1893 season, Bennett went on a hunting trip with close friend and former teammate John Clarkson. In Wellsville, Kansas Bennett got off the train to quickly speak to an acquaintance – when attempting to re-board, he slipped and fell under the train. Bennett lost both legs in the accident. His baseball career was over.

In the wake of the accident, Bennett moved back to Detroit where he managed a cigar store. Fans welcomed their beloved Detroit Wolverines catcher back holding a day in his honor where he was presented with a wheelbarrow full of silver dollars. In 1896, Detroit saw the opening of a new ballpark at Michigan and Trumbull; the park was named Bennett Park in his honor. The site would be home to the Detroit Tigers, formed in 1894, for 103 years. Charlie caught the first pitch at Bennett Park in 1896, and continued that honor for every home opener through 1926.

Bennett died in Detroit, Michigan in February 1927. He was 72 years old. The Fox recommends you learn more about Charlie Bennett and enjoy your Opening Day responsibly.

The Handsome Fox © 2014

The Original Wordmark Tee

March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Keep it simple, keep it classic, keep it clean. The Original Wordmark Tee does it all. This tee will quickly become a favorite that goes with anything and takes you anywhere. Be prepared for whatever comes your way when you dress handsome.

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The Handsome Fox © 2014

 

 

The Fox Recommends: Portland

March 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Perhaps best known as a cloudy, rain-soaked city where 90s alternative bands still rule and tattoo-covered hipsters sip only local coffee and micro-brewed beer, Portland’s appeal is a mystery to many of us. Well The Fox has done some digging and found a few delightful and surprising facts that may raise Portland in your esteem.

• Portland is known as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world. The city has thousands of daily-commuter cyclists and pedestrians, and an astounding 84% of public transportation riders are choice riders (meaning they have a car and choose not to use it). The country’s first bridge to carry trains, buses, bikes and pedestrians but no personal vehicles will be opening at the end of 2015.

• It is illegal to pump your own gas in the state of Oregon. Now this is not a Portland specific fact – but for those of us who have been freezing in sub-zero temps the past four months – it is worth noting that every single gas station in Oregon has paid attendants that pump your gas for you.

• Portland was almost named Boston. City founders Asa Lovejoy, a Boston Massachusetts born lawyer, and Portland Maine native turned pioneer Francis Pettygrove both wanted to name their newly minted city after their own hometown back east. They flipped a coin to decide and Pettygrove won.

• It’s not as wet as you think in Portland. As a matter of fact it rains less in Portland then it does in New York City, Houston or Atlanta over the average year. It’s not even the rainiest Portland. Portland Maine receives an average of three inches more rain per year, and 57 more inches of snow. You don’t have to shovel rain.

• Portland is the strip club capital of the United States. I know. It’s weird. One more time – Portland is the strip club capital of the United States. Portland literally has the most strip clubs per capita in the United States, and each one caters to vastly different groups. From steak enthusiasts to vegans – there is a strip club for everyone. Isn’t that nice?

There are so many things to recommend Portland for travel or even a big move. The Fox recommends that you keep on learning. And let’s all remember to Keep Portland Weird.

 

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The Handsome Fox Logo Tee

March 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The Handsome Fox Logo Tee tells the world you know what you’re talking about. The Fox is a sly bugger, a little smarmy, charismatic, and above all – damned handsome. This classic tee will become the go to in your wardrobe as it attracts the attention of everyone lucky enough to see it. Wear it to dinner, the bar or the ball game – you are sure to be happy you put it on.

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The Samurai Are Here

March 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Picture a samurai. Go ahead – take your time. If you are like most westerners you have imagined elaborate armor, dazzling swordplay, enthusiastic victories and noble self sacrifice. Maybe even a little Kill Bill creeps in. If so – then please, head to the Detroit Institute of Arts and put an end to these tragically stereotypical imaginings. Upon entering the current special exhibit, Samurai: Beyond the Sword, you will be greeted by a magnificent suit of Samurai armor dating from the 1800s. The armor is a piece of art in itself. Take time to appreciate the craftsmanship of the ironwork, the intricacies of the gold and silver inlay, and the beautiful and subtle use of traditional Japanese fabrics and colors immediately invite you to see the Samurai beyond the sword. The man who wore this armor was not just a highly trained warrior, but an artist, a Kabuki and Noh theater enthusiast, an avid reader and story teller, and a deeply spiritual person.

As you meander through the exhibit you will be invited into the world of the Samurai; a warrior noble class that ruled Japan for over seven hundred years. A menagerie of individualistic armor and helmets display that during the largely peaceful Edo period (1603-1867) the samurai became courtiers and bureaucrats who donned their warrior vestiges for festivals and court events more often then for battle.

Tea ceremonies were held for important foes and allies in the political arena, as well as to showcase the beautiful ceramics that their warrior protected kilns produced. Swords and their hilts and handles, which could take months to produce, were a place to display their religious and political beliefs. Understanding and being able to discuss Noh theater intelligently became so important that many daimyo, or lords, built theaters within their home compounds and hired their own troop of actors.

The 11th century “Tale of Genji” is the story of the nobility of medieval Japan. This tale, often referred to as the world’s first novel, played a crucial role in the samurai society. It became the subject of constant study and discussion in the noble class, with many samurai ordering custom woodblock prints and elaborately gilded and decorated screens centering on the tale, its characters and central themes of family, love, jealousy, betrayal and court life. The exhibit includes many commissioned bound copies of the tale, woodblock prints and massive screens dating from the 1600s and earlier.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of the exhibit is learning that during the later, peaceful years under the shogun, many samurai transitioned to artists themselves. The highly strict and structured class system left many of the lower rung samurai scrimping to get by. In order to supplement their income these samurai developed into magnificent poets and painters.

The exhibit brilliantly introduces many pieces from the DIA’s own Japanese art collection that rarely appear, as well as pieces on loan from private and museum collections from around the world. It offers amazing insight to the 武 (bu) and 文 (bun) of samurai culture – to practice the arts of peace on the left hand and the arts of war on the right. The Fox highly recommends a visit in order to truly understand the Samurai, Beyond the Sword.

 

The Handsome Fox © 2014

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