Its Super Bowl Sunday and for many of you that means a day spent in front of a screen watching two teams play for the ultimate title in American football, the Superbowl Trophy and bragging rights (to say nothing of the ring and tons of money). This year, Super Bowl XLVIII (48) the battle is between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, ostensibly two teams named after animals. I say that because are those animals the real deal? Or are they fictional? What if all NFL teams had to have real animal names? Would the Seahawks and Broncos still be around?
If we look at last year’s Super Bowl winners, the Baltimore Ravens, the answer is clear. Yep, Ravens exist and are forever associated with Bal’mer and Edger Allen Poe. Ditto the Cincinnati Bengals, another animal that walks the planet, although in far fewer numbers each year. Is the Cincinnati Extinct Bengals inconceivable? Not really. Here are all the other NFL Teams with animals in their names. Can you fit the name to the city they are from (answers listed at the end, some may surprise you)?
Bears, Cardinals, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons,Jaguars, Lions, Panthers, Rams.
But back to the Seahawks and Broncos. There really is no such thing as a Seahawk. There are Sea Eagles, of which our Bald Headed Eagle can be considered a member. There is a Osprey, a raptor that is not exactly a hawk but its own genus within the Raptor order Acciptriformes. But an actual Seahawk? No, not really, not outside a nickname. Now an Osprey is a pretty cool raptor, common here in Maryland (and in fact all of the U.S.). I have watched Bald Eagles steal the fish right away from an Osprey pair on the Bay and had a tough time doing it. With that mask on their face and that fierce attitude, they are a force to be reckoned with. So why not call themselves the Ospreys? That would certainly make more sense to me and be accurate as well.
But the Broncos are no better with their name. Broncos? Google it and you know what comes up? The NFL team the Broncos. Now bucking broncos is a term used with rodeo horses. But if the team was looking for a real animal (versus a animal sport) then they could have looked no further than the Mustang. Wild mustangs are all over the west. A smaller tough wild horse, scrappy and resilient. The Denver Mustangs? That would have been cool, and a chance to help those herds being hunted off park land. Hmm I wonder if ranchers around the Denver area had something to do with the name choice here? Just saying…..
So if we were to stick to real animals, this Sunday’s game would be the Seattle Osprey vs the Denver Mustangs, a missed opportunity all around. For education, for tie-ins with the WWF or some other conservation group. Ah…well I can always look for the Ravens and Bears to return to glory and a chance at the Super Bowl rings once more….
For those of you who are not football enthusiasts, there are other animal bowls to choose from. The Animal Planet has its Puppy Bowl and the Hallmark Channel is having its first ever Kitten Bowl. Both feature puppies and kittens up for adoption and the ultimate in cuteness outside the new Anheuser-Busch Super Bowl Commercial, Puppy Love, with puppies and Clydesdales. But for all of you who look at these next four hours and think nap, I have a truly inspired animal bowl for you. Nat Geo Wild has introduced this year its Fish Bowl. Yep, a goldfish, in a fish bowl, for 4 hours, starting at 6pm. See? Something for everyone this year.
So what you are going to watch today? Mislabeled Teams with large men? Puppies, Kitten or Fish? Or something completely different? Let me know. I will be watching the Super Bowl commercials, reading and eating popcorn surrounded by snoozing terriers and a dancing African Grey. Go Naked Mole Rats! I can dream, can’t I?
Now for this week’s reviews:
Monday, Feb. 3: Second Star to the Right by A.F. Henley
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Cupcakes by Sean Michael
Wed., Feb. 5: Ghosts of Bourbon Street by Rowen Speedwell
Thurs., Feb. 6: The Battle of Will by Sasha L. Miller
Friday, Feb. 7: Frostbite Collection by Totally Bound Press
Friday, Feb. 8: Reviewing Life by Lara Brukz
Football team name answers: Chicago Bears, Arizona (what no city wants them?) Cardinals, Indianapolis (don’t even get me started) Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Carolina (again what’s with the state? based in Charlotte) Panthers, St. Louis (they get around) Rams.