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TNML commissioner’s report:
It’s been another busy week at the league office where I was on the phone with OutKick T-shirt Manager Maxx (yes, there’s an extra ‘x’), and we came to the conclusion that TNML was growing so fast that we needed to take the step of making a Twitter page. This project is still my baby and you can always reach me at email@example.com, but it was important to have that dedicated space for TNML.
Maxx and I also came to the conclusion that TNML needed a hat. You don’t see many mowing hats on the market, so let’s offer one up that’s going to get plenty of attention at the microbreweries. Hey I was looking at your hat. Why is there a lawnmower on it? What’s TNML mean? Uh, do you have time to suck down 2-3 triple IPAs while I explain it? BOOM, a new TNML member.
I think the key to the TNML clothing line is that it’s gear that’s made for several different settings. You can wear it to the microbreweries. You can wear it to lunch at the VFW and start 15 conversations. You can wear the hat to the ballpark, and other dads will be giving you fist knocks. You can wear the shirt when your children are born. We have scientific evidence that babies absolutely love the tri-blend shirt material. You can wear the hat while golfing. The guys who cheat at golf wear Titleist hats. The guys who have fun, count everything and drink wear TNML gear.
• I’m ready to do a TNML meet-up here in NW Ohio. Let’s get a headcount of those who want to get together, and I’ll name a date and time. We’ll do it at a Toledo bar. If you can make it, great. If not, no big deal. Let me know if you’re interested: firstname.lastname@example.org or slide into the DMs.
• There was some chatter this week from guys mentioning how they were injured and how they should go on the disabled list. Look, sometimes you have to play hurt. Sometimes you have to suck it up. I like to gauge things on how my father would’ve handled the situation. Would he play hurt or go on the 7-day disabled list? Usually, we can base our decisions on the mental part of the game handed down through the generations. Steve B. said he had an eye injury. Look, I hate to get aggressive here, but one eye is better than no eyes.
• Weather report: Our Utah guys have disappeared. It might have something to do with Salt Lake City sitting at about 100 degrees and no rain. I was a little disappointed we didn’t see much out of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. In fact, SEC country was rather quiet as a whole. Are you guys even mowing down there? Too soupy?
I get sunscreen in my eyes at least 2-3 times a year that leaves me blind in one eye. Do I stop? Absolutely not! So unless you lose both eyes in a tragic accident, get out there!
I cut my grass two weeks after surgery! pic.twitter.com/nOgLF4f8Is
— D 🦬 (@donmega9903) July 15, 2021
Sounds like you have one working eye & legs. Mow it on league night. https://t.co/HLCfYCCn2M
— Joe Kinsey (@JoeKinseyexp) July 15, 2021
• And finally this week, I have to say that Lyle Davis the pecan farmer (see his post below) sends in some of the best TNML pics. The guy just has a knack for reading the room and understanding the emotions of the game. Good for Lyle. It’s much appreciated.
One more thing, this week I asked for your NASCAR reports. I want you guys to look at yourselves as NASCAR drivers who just finished 500 miles on a superspeedway. There’s no reason why residential mowing shouldn’t be like NASCAR post-race reports. Tim in Delaware absolutely won the week. He took the idea and filled in the blanks beautifully.
This is how it’s done, folks. Get creative. Have fun. Suck down life and see what it gives you in return.
@OutKickTNML The Mower was fast tonight. Sharpened blades, air pressure adjustment. Want to thank @JohnDeere, @StihlUSA, @Echo_USA and @Sunoco racing fuel and @dogfishbeer. Was a good Thursday night pic.twitter.com/Ygmr9ELSrH
— Tim (@Hornet316) July 15, 2021
— Lyle Davis (@lwdtiger) July 16, 2021
— Troy Brainard (@trbrainard) July 16, 2021
Some of you have been asking about encouraging neighbors to join in on the Thursday night mowing lifestyle. Matt in Nashville has a great story to share. Keep at it, everyone. Soon you’ll have others joining in. Nonverbal cues! Love it.
Wanted to let you know that TNML is alive and well in my neighborhood, due solely to the power of nonverbal cues. I started mowing on Thursday nights over a year ago without even knowing the TNML existed, and slowly but surely, my entire street has taken up the cause and are all now mowing on Thursday Nights without my ever having said a word. It’s incredible. I plan to break it to them soon that they are a part of something bigger, but for now it’s just awesome to watch. Anyways, here’s a couple of pics of my work including working in a new playset we built from scratch last weekend.
It was a big week for Matts sending in reports. I also heard from Matt C. in Denver who has opened up his weekends via the league. Emails like this one fuel me even more. There’s all this talk about mental health in the world. Here’s a mental health tip: Mow your grass on Thursdays & suck down the joy of life on Fridays and Saturdays without yardwork responsibilities.
Anyway, here’s Matt’s email:
Been mowing along with you out here in Denver’s south suburbs since the inception of TNML. My wife initially didn’t get why I was so insistent that the mowing must be done on Thursdays, but she’s come to appreciate how it opens up the weekends as much as I do. Love what you’re doing with the league and with Screencaps every morning. It’s become daily viewing for me, no doubt.
Have a good one,
— Mark Nemire (@mnemire15) July 16, 2021
Couldn’t help but post this beauty for @OutKickTNML out at Bayside Golf Course at @LakeMcConaughy in NE. Dude does a great job every week. Tight lines & re-covers his turns after push mowing & trimming first. #professional pic.twitter.com/0x105MZYKV
— Greg Miller (@greg_miller33) July 15, 2021
I received this message from an emailer who wished to remain anonymous. All good. We’re not here to make anyone uncomfortable.
@OutKickTNML Mowing is done, just in time for date night with @westleveebeth. Team Mongo is for Mongo Mcmichael from the 1985 Bears, he has ALS and is not good. All proceeds from the shirt went to his family. #gobears pic.twitter.com/hNkJstHMVv
— Jeff Maaske (@MongoMaaske) July 16, 2021
Sean C. in Granger, IN is about as loyal of an OutKick reader as you’re going to find. It was great to hear from him on league night. Read that last paragraph from Sean.
Well, after a couple weeks of washouts, I’m finally back on schedule…..albeit with some more rain on the way.
But as luck would have it, I’m a little rusty. I was a strip and a half from being done and, you guessed it, out of gas. The best part, my gas can was empty. So a quick trip to the gas station was in order. I guess that’s like a closer coming into the game and loading the bases with nobody out, then getting a strikeout up followed by a double play to end the game. Not pretty, but I got the job done.
Depending on when the rain gets here, a Busch Light sitting by my newly put together fire pit is in order….as long as the rain holds off a little longer.
Regardless, a Saturday morning golf outing followed up by an afternoon cookout and a fire pit night is in order for the weekend. All because my lawn is done on Thursday due to the genius of the TNML! I’m barely exaggerating by saying this whole concept has changed my life for the better!
Howdy Joe, from Louisville, KY. Thank you for all that you do for us real Dads out here. I’m a loyal follower and #TNML fan, although between weather, our 2-year old’s “soccer” (read: kick a ball between meltdowns) on Thursday nights, and an ongoing battle with a nasty yard mole and his chipmunk buddies, our participation has been limited.
However, we finally got in a good solid all-around family mow tonight, complete with a fierce game of chicken between Mom’s battery mower and Daughter’s bubble mower. After putting the little to sleep, I finished up the backyard and enjoyed a refreshing Country Boy cider from just across your border, but still right here in KY!
— Alex Berg (@ab2503) July 16, 2021
@OutKickTNML @JoeKinseyexp Need to thank Boy for trimming. Thanks to @STIHLUSA @JohnDeere and @PitBossGrills for pushing me through. Of course @Kwikfill diesel for carrying me through the late night. Will touch ‘er up Monday, with a cold @foundersbrewing again #rednecker #wet pic.twitter.com/fWbjZGGxnv
— Backwoods NY BBQ (@HandForgedNY) July 16, 2021
@OutKickTNML @JoeKinseyexp Well, @ATT is running a new fiber line in our subdivision and the yard is being torn up a bit. Still have to mow and edge — can't let your circumstances dictate your behavior. #TNML pic.twitter.com/3LZ6o0moPe
— Adam Miller (@AMiller31) July 16, 2021
— Steven Boatright (@boatright3) July 16, 2021
Bill in Palacios, TX writes:
I know it is not quite the night yet, but I had the day off and wanted to get a quick start as we have a chance for more rain tonight (after 15+ inches last 2 weeks). Enjoy!
Things have dried out for Dave in Rhode Island to get a league night cut in. And I agree, the season is flying by. I don’t even want to think of summer coming to a close. I refuse to let those thoughts into my own head, Dave.
Hey Joe –
Azaleas finally starting to bloom – higher than average rainfall so far this summer continues to support #TNML efforts here in New England…season is flying by.
Yup. Done before noon in Cincinnati today. Couldn’t chance it, as next three days even more wet. pic.twitter.com/wMO9S9h9B7
— Pete 🇺🇸🇸🇪🇩🇪 (@PeteKlein) July 16, 2021
— Theisanity (@Theis23Aaron) July 16, 2021
Grass clipping still in shoes ✔️
Kids about to mess up my lines ✔️
Tank top now on✔️
Weekend ready ✔️
— Cory Branham (@MrCoryBranham) July 15, 2021
— Sam Warner (@SamuelJWarner) July 15, 2021
Tim G. in Ohio had to file a rainout report. It happens.
A line of heavy TStorms came through the 419 just as I got home from work. A complete TNML rainout. Not deterred. We will get back on schedule and be ready for next week!
@OutKickTNML I’d like to thank my @craftsman machine, which runs much better since I switched out the @WIXFilters air filter. The mower runs much cleaner thanks to @SunocoRacing fuel. Finally, I couldn’t have edged without my battery powered @RYOBItoolsusa blades from @HomeDepot pic.twitter.com/8JNNfPpweC
— Darren Evans (@DarrenEvans01) July 16, 2021
— Chandler Shepherd (@idad416) July 16, 2021
— Jake Simmons (@11jsimmons) July 16, 2021
— Big Slim™ (@TheCodyP) July 15, 2021
— YeezyFan (@GoHawksGoIrish) July 14, 2021
— DanScott (@Dscott1003) July 14, 2021
— Buckeye_Bub (@RuckerMatt) July 16, 2021
— Chris Leonard (@chleon) July 16, 2021
@OutKickTNML I have to mow about every 5 days, 8 acres of mowing between my place and my father in law’s, so it’s not always on Thursday. But I got it done today here in Dickson county Tn. GB🍊 pic.twitter.com/W9kJ4lv71Z
— Josh Toby T Sullivan (@tntoby22) July 16, 2021
5 inches of rain last night couldn't stop this mow! We got a little muddy and I put my Ipod shuffle on display too. pic.twitter.com/1IVgUqYj38
— Adam Dolezal (@thedatingdude) July 15, 2021
Bad angle, but you got some diagonal lines there.. pic.twitter.com/yDi5agGzbm
— Tim Taylor (@timtaylor22) July 16, 2021
— Diesel (@DieselRenius) July 15, 2021
New yard is starting to fill in courtesy of Ida Farmers Co-Op seed and the fertilizer from the farmer down the road. Shout out to Cub Cadet for the sharp blades Menard’s for the fire pit bought with 7 Mail in Rebates. Not a drop of rain today in southern Monroe County. #MNML pic.twitter.com/xwyXRJRZ8C
— Jon Gulch (@Jon_Gulch) July 15, 2021
@OutKickTNML Currently in a Rain and Lightening Delay here in Avon, IN. After being away for a few weeks I was excited to be back on the mound. Not giving up hope yet, it stays daylight to 10pm. pic.twitter.com/NtdhFB26Qb
— Jonathan Mayo (@fbcoachjmayo) July 16, 2021
Need a Commish ruling @JoeKinseyexp
This weekend is the annual village garage sale. Do I consider the following “grounds under repair” (it’s so trampled I can’t mow” or consider USGA Rule 16.1 “abnormal course conditions”? pic.twitter.com/Hsq1iBT2cW
— J Edwards (@jedbreaksbread) July 16, 2021