Dec 27, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT
I repeat; the Air Force Falcon has fled the Independence Bowl, and is at large in the Shreveport area. According to several sources, the live bird mascot of the Air Force Academy flew away during pregame warmups as the Falcons prepared to play Georgia Tech in what is sure to be a run-dominated affair that no bird would want to see.
From the Air Force web site:
Some people said falcons could not be trained to perform before huge crowds, that the birds would panic and flee. Since 1956, however, cadets have flown the birds at sporting events before thousands of cheering spectators.
Six weeks or more and an average of 300 man-hours per bird are required to properly train a young falcon. When a bird is in top condition, it is able to fly for more than an hour and make repeated stoops at the baited lure swung by the cadet falconer. Although they can be trained to perform, falcons are never totally domesticated and remain wild creatures with strong, independent spirits.
So, chalk up one more vote for a college football playoff system, I guess. And keep a close eye on on your small pets, people of Shreveport.
Caption for photo: "So long, suckers."
Wait; do you think that the Falcon is headed to the Georgia Dome?
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