February 4, 2012
Birds of the Big Show – DBNE Super Bowl edition
The National Football League has teams representing five birds: ravens, falcons, eagles, cardinals, and seahawks. This eclectic mix of mascots range from the fearsome, though tired falcons and eagles to the far less threatening cardinals of
. Since Cardinals are found only sporadically in Arizona
this mascot is based less in biology than an oversight of modern, revenue
driven sports and the pension for trading teams from Arizona St.
Louis, Missouri to .
The Baltimore Ravens are of course a literary nod to Edgar Allen Poe’s birthplace.
The raven, however is a tough, intelligent and unforgiving bird making it a far
better mascot than the scavenging eagle. You won’t find a Seahawk in any modern
bird book but you don’t have to go to Tempe, Arizona to see one. The term seahawk
is an antiquated term for the Osprey, the fish hunting raptor found throughout
coastal Seattle New England. Perhaps had the
huge Steller’s Sea Eagle in mind when it named it’s team. These massive birds are only found in western Seattle and on rare occasion the
Aluetian chain. In the end of course it
not a bird but a gritty, citizen solider, lover of homeland, ready to play the
game of football in britches and a three-cornered hat – the Patriot - that will
trounce all other animals, minerals, and hobgoblins from the land this Sunday.