April 23, 2009
This story is making the rounds on the Interwebs this morning, but in case you haven't seen the video: "Spirit," the Atlanta Hawks' real-life mascot, got a little extra beak time during the first quarter of Wednesday's playoff game against the Heat. Watch your head.
The stubborn bird was supposed to fly from the upper level to a handler on the court, but instead decided to swoop around the arena for a few minutes — freaking out fans and some of the players — before settling on the top of the basket at the Hawks end of the court. The game was halted with 8:28 remaining in the quarter until a man with a leather glove and snacks lured Spirit to his arm.