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Of Bucks and Basketball and “Fear the Deer”

(Image credit: Milwaukee Bucks and NBA)

ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We were founded in 2007, in response to a need – a need that was growing rapidly as it continues today – to protect … without the use of harsh chemicals and toxins … people, pets, and livestock from the disease that mosquitoes and ticks transmit, without the despoiling that deer visit on landscapes as they make a meal of shrubs and leaves and flowers and branches. Deer are also a problem in their blood is a preferred food source for ticks, and ticks attach themselves to the animals which then can transport the ticks to your property.

Through our corporate office in Wayland, MA, and our ever-expanding franchise network, we provide service to all of Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; all of Rhode Island; the eastern section of Long Island, NY; and central New Jersey.

We have often mentioned that, while we have a focus on and are very good at, keeping deer (Cervidae) away from places at and on which they do not belong, we also hold a strong affection and admiration for deer – for their beauty, power and elegance of movement, and that they are an excellent source of nutritious and quality protein.

Consistent with our like and love of deer, we call attention today an NBA team which has the deer as its mascot, and which finished this the 2018-19 regular season with the best win-loss record in the league, and which on Monday night completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the first round of playoffs.

We refer to the Milwaukee Bucks.  A buck, of course, is a male deer.

Yes, we know, ohDEER coverage territory is one of NBA loyalty which is primarily to the Boston Celtics, and also contains fairly significant segments of New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Philadelphia 76ers fandom.

And, of course, the Bucks and the Celtics are squaring off in round two of the postseason.  Boston advanced with its own first-round sweep, over the Indiana Pacers.

This series is a rematch from last year when the Bucks and Celtics met in round 2.  In that series, Boston had home-court advantage, and held the advantage, winning in seven games.  This year, though, Milwaukee has the home-court advantage to start the series.

But this post is as much about deer as it is basketball.

It is about bucks, as in the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Milwaukee NBA franchise that would become the Milwaukee Bucks was incorporated, without yet a name, on February 5, 1968.

Why the “Bucks”?

Here we excerpt from the Milwaukee Bucks website to provide the answer:

“May 22, 1968, was the day when Milwaukee’s second professional basketball team finally got a name – the Milwaukee Bucks. More than 14,000 fans participated in a contest to name the team. Records show that R.D. Trebilcox of Whitefish Bay, Wis., was one of 45 people who suggested the name ‘Bucks.’ He saw bucks (male deer) as being spirited, good jumpers, fast and agile. For his efforts in helping Milwaukee’s entry into the professional sports world gain an enduring nickname, Mr. Trebilcox won a new car.”

ohDEER needs no persuasion to side with the character, emotions, and physical qualities that Mr. Trebilox ascribed to deer.

ohDEER also want to note that in Milwaukee territory, just like in ohDEER territory, almost all of the deer are of the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) species.

The Milwaukee Bucks even have a fan favorite rallying cry, “Fear the Deer,” the origin of which is debated.  Many though think the slogan was created in early April 2010, late in the NBA regular season – a season Milwaukee had started surrounded with low expectations – when the Bucks clinched a playoff spot, which prompted ESPN commentator Scott Van Pelt to proclaim on air: “Fear the Deer.”

Quickly, fans started showing up at Bucks games with signs bearing the inspirational message.  And, soon enough, as would have to be the case, “Fear the Deer” merchandise was on sale.

Travel in and around Milwaukee and you will see a high incidence of those words – “Fear the Deer.”

We at ohDEER like very much when deer receive positive attention, and are shown the love

onDEER does as much for deer, frequently.

But, please, be assured that we are stalwart … and effective … opponents of deer in our business of making your property a place that deer don’t want to visit.