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Monday, February 25, 2019

Baseball Game Delayed Due to Falling Fish After Osprey-Eagle Fight

Mickey Mantle said, “It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.” He was talking about baseball’s many nuances, but he could have easily been referring to Saturday’s game between Jacksonville State and Jacksonville University. The contest was briefly delayed in the eighth inning when a fish fell onto the field after two birds got into a tussle above the stadium. Gosh, if only Mickey were around to see it.

This would be a suitable replacement for Miami’s departed homerun sculpture.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 25, 2019 at 03:23 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: February 25, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5818045)
No word on any penalties being handed down by the NCAA for the players having received a gift of free seafood.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: February 25, 2019 at 04:44 PM (#5818048)
I witnessed something similar once - an osprey who had a flounder was being chased through the sky by a bald eagle, and eventually dropped it. I couldn't tell if one of the birds swooped down and collected it. (edit: this wasn't at a baseball game)

Stealing and scavenging seems to be the eagle's m.o., contrary to all its noble associations.
   3. villageidiom Posted: February 25, 2019 at 05:23 PM (#5818070)
Stealing and scavenging seems to be the eagle's m.o., contrary to all its noble associations.
I don't know which of "predator" and "scavenger" is more noble, but those are the choices. And eagles are definitely the former.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: February 25, 2019 at 05:30 PM (#5818072)
I thought they did both.
   5. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 25, 2019 at 05:36 PM (#5818075)
Stealing and scavenging seems to be the eagle's m.o., contrary to all its noble associations.
Dunno - seems kinda perfect for modern-day America.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: February 25, 2019 at 08:25 PM (#5818117)
I have an osprey nest in my work parking lot.

Someone made the mistake of parking right underneath it today.

Their windshield became half-covered in white.
   7. catomi01 Posted: February 25, 2019 at 08:25 PM (#5818118)
An osprey made a nest out of one of the light towers on a field we play softball on. I got #### on for the first time in my life as I was throwing a pitch...my ####-free second baseman assured me that it was good luck.
   8. JRVJ Posted: February 25, 2019 at 08:31 PM (#5818122)
The Ospreys are a Welsh Rugby Union franchise, while the Eagles are the U.S. national Rugby Union team.

So frankly, I saw this headline and I thought that there might be a friendly between the Ospreys and Eagles that turned dark.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: February 25, 2019 at 09:17 PM (#5818131)
That was a torturous route to making sure the article started with Mickey Mantle.
   10. Egregious Hidden Genitals (CoB). Posted: February 25, 2019 at 10:35 PM (#5818152)
“For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

With all this injustice, he is never in good case but like those among men who live by sharping & robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the district. He is therefore by no means a proper emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our country ...


- Benjamin Franklin
   11. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 25, 2019 at 10:44 PM (#5818153)
Franklin advocated for the turkey if I recall correctly. I've seen eagles do some nasty things during all of my fishing trips in Canada and other northern locales. I still hold the beaver in lower esteem when considering the wildlife that I tend to run into in the wild.
   12. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 25, 2019 at 11:18 PM (#5818161)
Where's Randy Johnson when you need him?
   13. Egregious Hidden Genitals (CoB). Posted: February 25, 2019 at 11:22 PM (#5818163)
From the same page that was the source of the above quotation:

While researching our recent article about the Seal of the President of the United States, I came across a few myths about the National Emblem that required a little more investigation.

First up, the idea that Benjamin Franklin, in his infinite wisdom and wit, wanted the National Bird to be the turkey. According to the United States Diplomacy Center, this myth is completely false (though I’ll dive into the murkier parts of that myth in a moment). The center points to the fact that Franklin’s proposal for the Great Seal was devoid of birds completely and suggest that the idea was propagated, in part, by a 1962 illustration for the cover of the New Yorker by artist Anatole Kovarsky, who imagined what the Great Seal of the United States might look like if the turkey did become our national emblem (above image). However, while it’s hard to imagine that overstuffed, flightless bird on our currency and on the President’s lectern instead of on our dinner table, there is actually a bit of truth to this rumor.


In the same letter to his daughter that referenced the bald eagle, Franklin wrote:

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.”
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: February 26, 2019 at 12:08 AM (#5818169)
Apparently even back then, twitter was lousy with random capitalization.
   15. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 26, 2019 at 12:13 AM (#5818171)
[7] So, how well did you pitch?
   16. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 26, 2019 at 12:26 AM (#5818173)
The pace of play issues continue to mount. Guess we’re gonna need a 20-second fish clock now too.
   17. Bote Man Posted: February 26, 2019 at 02:45 AM (#5818186)
my sh|t-free second baseman assured me that it was good luck.

In Haiti.
   18. manchestermets Posted: February 26, 2019 at 06:51 AM (#5818193)
I still hold the beaver in lower esteem when considering the wildlife that I tend to run into in the wild.


What have they done to upset you?
   19. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: February 26, 2019 at 07:39 AM (#5818194)
I don't really get holding any wildlife in low esteem. They are all fascinating and awesome in their particular ways. Hell, I almost wanted to buy a house in upstate New York because it had a pond with beavers on the property. Man, I loved that house, but the commute was just too far.

Anyway, bald eagles will hunt but, like every predator on the planet, it will scavenge or steal food from other predators when possible. Lions are notorious for chasing hyenas and leopards off their kills. I see this in operation everyday when I feed my cats.

I think the bald eagle was probably the right choice as a national bird. At the time, it lived pretty much across the entire country and it's a powerful and striking bird. The whooping crane would be a good choice, too, but I'm not sure how familiar the founding fathers would have been with it and, of course, it's not martial enough. I'm partial to the raven, myself, because they are smart as #### but not many people have any love for ravens. This is a great book about ravens and the science of animal socio-biology if anyone is interested.
   20. Zonk took his own SATs Posted: February 26, 2019 at 08:48 AM (#5818204)
Much as I love Ben -- and I do love Ben; he'd easily be the FF you'd most like to have dinner and drinks with and it's not particularly close -- it's a bit ironic that he holds scavenging in such low regard. He rather famously owned pews in most major Philly denominations and if memory serves; even got the printing contracts for all continental congress and early government printing.... but he'd certainly have a delicious quip or bon mot to excuse it all away!
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 26, 2019 at 08:52 AM (#5818207)
Lions are notorious for chasing hyenas and leopards off their kills. I see this in operation everyday when I feed my cats.
Wow, where do you live?? Although that sounds very unsafe for your cats.
   22. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: February 26, 2019 at 08:57 AM (#5818210)
Wow, where do you live?? Although that sounds very unsafe for your cats.

Heh. I did not word that right!
   23. catomi01 Posted: February 26, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5818454)
[7] So, how well did you pitch?

I don't remember exactly, but it was a pretty bad team, so the bird incident might have actually been the highlight of the day.
   24. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 26, 2019 at 04:50 PM (#5818482)
It's not that the eagle or the beaver are 'bad' or 'good', in large part it is simply a function of circumstances. It's most easy to understand this when you consider the Grizzly or the Wolf. If you want to start a bar fight, go into a saloon in portions or MT or WY and say 'I love the wolves, so glad they brought them back.' The cattle ranchers might have different views, and the teachers and parents in Wapati, WY (heck they are even in Cody now) may not be very fond of the Grizzly bear coming into their backyards, school playgrounds (they now have a bear fence and parking lots to feed). But to the once in a lifetime tourist, they love coming to Yellowstone to see the bears and wolves, before retreating back to their urban homes where the worst varmint is a rat.

In a selfish sense, the beaver can and often does wreak a lot of havoc on fishing and certain other industries, lumber, retention ponds for varied uses), and their dams can create a nuisance, such as bad flooding, in addition to some helpful/useful wetlands it can create (this would be a great thread for Harveys). Yes, there are often substantial benefits to beavers, but they are and can be such territorial bastards and general troublemakers. Even the Muskellunge wants to eat a beaver.

Eagles: I've seen them try to attack dogs, cats, foxes, fishers, lynx, beavers, not to mention all kinds of other birds, and fish. It's an amazing creature, we had to abandon a long time shore lunch spot as one (to our surprise) had decided to nest nearby. You are not welcome, and we got the F out of there.
   25. Nasty Nate Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:01 PM (#5818488)
Sometimes you need a Beaver Deceiver

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