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October 27, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

NFL Going Ghost

Carved Pumpkin display (© image copyrighted , no permissions granted, ALL rights reserved)

You see pumpkins, they see fans…or squirrel food. Maybe these should be wearing defensive helmets.(© image)

That stadium must be haunted.

The clash of helmets attracted attention. (Football mostly been about why the local news/weather is on so late this year.)

Then the roar of the crowd filled the airways.…only they must have either unwrapped their Christmas gifts of invisibility coats early (what else would a sport’s fan ask for this year?) or, like the wild life wandering out of the back country into towns during COVID lockdown, ghosts drifted into the stadium seats to cheer on the teams. The roar of a crowd was so loud – and on cue. Totally weird.

Even weirder was when during an almost game ending touchdown run, the Seattle receiver charged into the end zone and kept going to do the usual leap up into the audience airspace to high five those fans right there…He did. He High Fives with phantoms. Either so hyped about his (almost) winning run he forgot who was/wasn’t in the stands, or one of the braves of players. (Maybe one who accepts alternative life forces?) Anyway, oddly fun and weird.

Were the otherworldly fans enjoying the game so much they extended it by forcing the Cardinal’s kicker to miss that kick with seconds left in the OT game?

Haunting situation for the poor kicker.

Ghosts have been known to torment people a little bit now and then.

(Whew, spirits were certainly raised when he did make the next one.)

Halloween decorative lights (© image all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Oh, spooky night: It’s outdoors. It’s easy to social distance. A Holler-Ring spectacular! Take that you tormenting virus ghoul. (© image)

Small observations on game’s heads shots: the teams’ helmet logos

The Seattle Seahawks logo: “The many brightly colored ceremonial masks of the Kwakwaka’wakw each had their own ritual or religious meaning. One in particular was the “transformation” mask; it’s painted like a “thunderbird,” a quasi-mythological version of an eagle. The team’s helmets reference the thunderbird mask, opening and closing like raptor beaks. (According to the Seahawks website, Taima means “thunder,” though it’s unclear in what language.)” Audubon.

The Arizona Cardinal’s logo: “The eagle eye cardinal has been around since 1947 and is now one of the more familiar logos in football. Minor changes have occurred during the years with the current cardinal having a more ferocious look.” Sports Logo History

OK, going with birds. Yet somehow…what do you think?

The Seahawks bird looks formidable – serious raptor image. Bird of power.

The Cardinal – even with the angular-eyed “ferocious look” with heavy mascara and frowny beak, it’s still a cardinal. You know, the seed, berry, and nut eating bird which “brightens winters with its’ color” and songs with males “actively attacking intruding males (and attacking his own reflection in windows and mirrors)” (Audubon). The last few bits does sound like a ready for some football bird. I dunno. A pretty bird singer? At least the Blue Jays have ferocious reputation for attacks….most of us have scars or nightmares about our local Blue Jay kamikazes. Cardinals? Well, they’re red.

(Note: our high school mascot was a cardinal….had been since 1955. We never knew who to blame for that  why. The current mascot has round-ish lines and appears to have dentures…in his beak…)

Halloween yard decorations with skeletons and ghostly horse pulling hearse (© image copyrighted, no permissions given, all rights reserved)

What do you think? Result of lockdowns: far too much time to shop on Amazon and far too many hours bingeing  Game of Thrones.(© image)

Halloween yard skeleton giant with selfie friend (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

No bones about it. Everyone loves selfies. Squint. The one on the right with the orange is taking a selfie.(© image)

All so far afield these days. Hauntingly weird has become the norm.

Fly with what you got.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Christmas yard decorations - at Halloween (© image copyrighted no permissions granted , ALL rights reserved)

Hey – it’s appropriate: It’s the Ghosts of Christmas past! I think the HOA made them take down the Christmas porch wreath and decorations. Some simply do not see the spirit of it all. (© image)


  1. easyweimaraner / Oct 27 2020 7:36 am

    it seems as if we live in such a world… there is applause from empty seats and there are questions in talk shows from invisible people… and there are thumbs up or down instead of written evaluations… scary…..

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 4:34 pm

      It’s a computer game – we are actually inside a video game? Hang out with dogs – the only normal route these days! Thanks for slipping by with a comment ( apologizes for the tardy respond…nice weather …everyone outside!)


  2. Kate Crimmins / Oct 27 2020 7:47 am

    Football is…umm….different this year but most annoying is how it delays all the other programs. After all these years can’t they judge how long a game takes? Maybe cardboard fans are nicer and more polite but they programmed some boos when a play goes wrong or maybe that’s just in Philly.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 4:38 pm

      Sometimes it’s nothing but football, baseball, basketball – including old games from past seasons! Follow the bouncing balls to Bonkerville. (Sports + politics = tv on off….and whyyyy do the games run late and delay the local news?)
      Like you say if there’s not boo’s, it’s not even close to real experience. Everyone knows that.
      Thanks for kicking a perfect comment across the goal post here

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  3. shoreacres / Oct 27 2020 10:49 am

    This is the first year in my life I haven’t watched at least a couple of NFL games. Apart from being utterly confused about the schedule, I just haven’t been interested. Likewise baseball. The world series got past me before I even knew it started.

    Our high school mascot was the cardinal, too. But we were the ‘Cardinals,’ and I think the Arizona team just uses ‘Cardinal.’ I like the idea of a flock better.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 4:42 pm

      Yawn. That’s the new football, baseball, basketball cheer. The World Series was a blink and we missed it.
      Oh, yes, that “s” makes a huge difference. Never thought of it but it’s better to flock…well, not on Christmas tree, but, well, you know.
      Thanks for running the bases here.


  4. Ally Bean / Oct 27 2020 12:09 pm

    Watching these NFL games with almost empty stadiums is weird. Especially with on cue crowd noise.

    As for “the current cardinal having a more ferocious look” I’d just like to say that cardinals are the stupidest birds we have in our area. They’re just the fashion models of the bird world. They’ll fly into a glass door until they knock themselves out. They will never look ferocious to me.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 4:45 pm

      It’s better if they keep the camera frame tightly on the field and you don’t see the stands…only then you see the poor coaches trying to direct their players by headphones and jerking their mask up as someone somewhere is yelling in their ear about their mandated mask. The cheer leaders look a little weird out there, too.
      This is all like a bad movie…
      You nailed it – cardinals are the fashion models of the bird world – that’s just hilarious. Thanks!

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  5. sustainabilitea / Oct 27 2020 2:43 pm

    We didn’t get cable when we moved and haven’t really missed TV. We have CBS All Access, so when the NCIS’s and Blue Bloods come back, we’ll get them. Netflix provides us with our current favorite, “The Great British Baking Show” (talk about tension and suspense!!) and all the weird movies my husband watches after I go to bed because I’m not interested. Also when football went political, we were done. The NBA is even worse, but I didn’t like pro basketball to start with. I think the sound people do an amazing job of making it sound as if there’s a crowd at whatever event. I can’t wait until hockey starts again and there’s always cycling. In the meantime, get ready to bake! 😉


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 4:54 pm

      Over that past months we’ve dropped quite a few channels – it’s just not worth watching between politics, arrogant sports athletes, and the stupidity passing for shows. I have started watching old Blue Bloods /very old Law and Order (neither we watched before – actually wen never watched much tv anyway)- and there’s a Netflix new show about a chess prodigy (in a couple of episodes, but rest of staff has already wandered off ..I’ll give it a bit more time)
      I keep thinking of old SNL shows mimicking baking shows/chefs…back when people used to laugh at stuff.///funny stuff..not mean laugh at people or at people getting humiliated or hurt. Yeah, outdoors – even watching squirrels is looking good.
      Thanks for baking up a comment – sorry it’s taken so long to respond….it’s really nice weather


      • sustainabilitea / Nov 1 2020 5:04 pm

        We love “Blue Bloods” and it will be interesting to see where they take it after all that’s happened this year.

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  6. Littlesundog / Oct 29 2020 7:00 am

    Like Janet, we quit watching national sports when it went political. Fake crowd noise – hell, fake everything seems to be acceptable these days. Sadly, I think we are seeing just how lazy our nation is about taking a stand and showing our American pride where we used to stand for the national anthem and respect those who helped give us freedom. We’ve quit watching sports, and we’ve quit watching networks that carry fake news. We’re not on social media either. I guess we’ve gone ghost…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 4:58 pm

      I’d rather play phantom and be MIA, too.
      Remember the old “always dance with the one that brought you” phrase? Seems like far too many have forgotten.

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Oct 29 2020 5:25 pm

    Watched my annual football game here a couple of weeks ago and was amused/blown away/irritated by the fake people. Did read you could submit a photo of yourself and have a doppelgänger of you made for a fee. You too can be a fan. As for birds, the Thunderbird is common among the petroglyphs and totem poles of the west. And cardinals, we had one attack the mirror on out RV for hours. Except he wasn’t attacking his image, he was mating with it! We had a parakeet that did that when we were going up. Pretty Bird, pretty bird, awk, awk. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2020 5:08 pm

      Sometime during the summer the local football team was advertising “pay your money and we’ll put a fake/photo of you at the game”. I guess they have to figure out some way to continue to make money to pay those really smart, sophisticated, athletes (who have forgotten how they got to be paid so well)
      That thunderbird logo is quite elegant (but, uh, cultural appropriation-ish…how do they get away with that in the NW? I would say it’s all with giant admiration of the regional Native American tribes, but in other places, that hasn’t been enough to save mascots or logos. Must be because it’s excuse because of the high level of design HAHAHAHAHA) Gotta love the myths.
      Cardinals – definitely not the best role model for mascots
      Thanks for flying in to cheer with a comment. Please excuse the late response – weather much too nice


      • Curt Mekemson / Nov 2 2020 4:41 pm

        Ha, I wish I could blame the weather for my tardiness. 🙂 As for the fake people in the stands, it’s just too weird! I guess if there is a buck to make, somebody will figure it out.
        I’ve always liked animals for mascots. In high school we were the cougars, in community college, the wolverines, and at Berkeley the bears. Admittedly I don’t understand all of the hullabaloo over non-animal mascots, or cars for that matter Especially if they are meant as a compliment. I never saw any problem with calling a car a Thunderbird. 🙂 –Curt

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