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Are you ruddy for some football?

Ruddy Turnstone
Today is a big day in the world of sports.

There's the team in red from the west coast...

Vermillion Flycatcher
and the team in black from the east coast.
Common Raven
For the first time ever, the coaches of the opposing teams are brothers!
Chaco Chachalaca

Jim and John Harbaugh
Lots of folks from out of town have gathered in New Orleans for the ultimate gridiron faceoff.
White-crowned SparrowRed-breasted NuthatchPine SiskinChipping Sparrow
New Orleans is, of course, well known for its party atmosphere and colorful local characters.
Rufescent Tiger Heron - juvenileOrange-backed TroupialWestern BluebirdPeacock fanning tailRuby-crowned Kinglet-flashingToco TouconGray-necked Rail
At the stadium, everyone is getting ready for the kick-off. The umpires and referees are putting on their uniforms and practicing their hand signals.

Nuttall's WoodpeckerBlackpoll WarblerJabiru - in flight
Fans in the stands or sitting in front of televisions will be wearing their team's colors, a few rather red-eyed from last night's festivities.
House FinchesBlack-fronted NunbirdAmerican CootsRufescent Tiger Heron
Before the game starts, we'll be regaled with a live version of the National Anthem.
marsh wren
Pay attention to see if you can tell if it's actually lip-synched.
Northern Mockingbird
I'm sure there will also be some exciting moments during the game - perhaps an unexpected interception or a 50 yard touchdown run. When that happens, the crowd will erupt in excitement, cheering wildly!
Geese Rising
I bet we'll see at least one endzone dance after a touchdown.
Sandhill Crane Dancing
At half-time, there will be a mad rush to the bathroom or to grab a snack, in a hurry to get back to our seats to watch the half-time show.
Speckle Bellies and PintailsLimpkin with clam
Whichever team wins, at the end of the day everyone will go home satisfied that two teams played their best for their fans.
Sandhill Cranes in flight at dusk
Will you be watching the Superbowl today? I am more likely to have an anti-Superbowl kind of day, maybe getting out to one of the birding spots nearby to enjoy the lovely weather and hang out with a few feathered friends.

Originally posted to tgypsy on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Birds and Birdwatching.

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