Bad Weekend for Bird Teams
Using an avian as a team totem has never been particularly auspicious in the National Football League, as teams named for human professions (meat packer, chieftain, cowpoke, steel worker, gold miner, U.S. nationalist, or some sort of pirate) or race (indigenous American — when will this affront end?) win the Super Bowl far more frequently than teams named for birds. But to go from the heights of having ornithologically-inspired organizations compete in three of four playoff games to the depths of losing all three handily made this a bad weekend for bird teams. Will any sports team redeem this bird brutality in 2011?