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For the Birds

May 04, 2009
May 04, 2009

Table of Contents
May 4, 2009

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFS
  • The first-round series between Boston and Chicago proved to be a first-class fight as the upstart Bulls played without fear and the Celtics struggled to mount a title defense with one superstar very notably absent

BASEBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
NHL PLAYOFFS
  • The Canucks' Daniel and Henrik Sedin are beyond symbiotic: They skate on the same line, score the same number of points and play identity tricks on refs. They're also in the second round, so who cares if their coach can't tell them apart?

SURFING
Departments

For the Birds

Sports world's avian follies

Last week
Spirit, a live hawk mascot released by the Atlanta Hawks before a playoff game, refuses to return to his handler. When he turns up on a basket, several players freak out, leading to a delay as the bird's handler wrangles it.

This is an article from the May 4, 2009 issue

2003
The Yankees pay 10 grand to have Challenger, a bald eagle, land on the pitcher's mound before Game 1 of the ALCS. However, the bird is spooked by an F-14 flyover and nearly hits Derek Jeter in the face. "He was a little off today," says Jeter. Challenger is not asked back for Game 2.

1988
Several doves released in the opening ceremonies for the Seoul Games land on the unlit Olympic torch cauldron. Some—but, alas, not all—successfully scatter when the cauldron is lit.

1968
Tawalki, an Air Force Falcons mascot, goes AWOL during a stunt at Florida. When a falcon is spotted the next day at a nearby golf course, would-be rescuers are told to lure it by swinging a piece of meat on a string while whistling. To their embarrassment, the bird had actually been recovered in the parking lot after the game.

PHOTOTONY GUTIERREZ/AP (CHALLENGER)