I don’t mind sports. I’m not a die-hard, paint your face or even the “oh my gosh, it’s game day!” type. And yes, there were many a Monday night when meals were shared around the TV to appease my father and brother. But they are entertaining and I certainly see the enticing escapism in them. However, there is one thing that is slowly becoming both my favorite and least favorite part about game day. It’s the cats that invade the field during these events. Granted, seeing a cat is always joyous. But how terrifying for the felines that have to go through it?
The newest athlete streaking through the football highlight reels, was a black cat who appeared during the Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants game Monday night.
CBS sports reported on the game this morning with what appeared to be an uneventful start.
While Dallas was able to walk away with the victory, they didn’t exactly put their best foot forward to start. On the very first play, Dak Prescott thew an interception and put the Giants inside the Cowboys’ 10 yard line.
But it was during the 2nd quarter that an unauthorized substitution led to, in my opinion, made the world sit up and take notice. It’s helps that the commentators are HILARIOUS.
Halloween isn’t over yet ? pic.twitter.com/XhLDP3NgJO
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 5, 2019
Clearly, the fact that a cat–any cat–can get past the thousands of fans and stadium security is concerning. Feral cats tend to avoid humans, and a massive sporting event is NOT going to be appealing to them. The same goes for stray cats. UNLESS, that cat snuck into the stadium the night before. Maybe it found a tasty leftover treat, took a comfy snooze and awoke to the sound of 80,000 screaming fans?
But what if this Monday night, something more sinister was planned for the scared black cat?
After the New York Giants tweeted the incident, comments of animal abuse flooded the page. And sadly, what if this is what happened vs. a stray wandering in? It goes to show you that people, even in this day and age, are completely ignorant to these black cat abuses. And if they truly believed in luck and karma, they’d realize that harming another–cat, human, etc.–is just inviting BAD luck onto them. Karmic backfiring at it’s finest.
Agreed…he appeared to be a well fed cat. Nothing funny or cute about it. Looks like someone dumped him on the field because he’s black and “bad luck” to the other team.
— MermaidJen?? ?? (@DJ_JAZZY_JAS) November 5, 2019
Unfortunately for the Giants, it didn’t help them win. Even the Washington Post had something to say about the superstitious streaker.
It was a night when the black cat that made its way across the field at MetLife Stadium, temporarily halting play during the second quarter, brought more bad luck to the New York Giants.
And the last thing security figured they’d be doing Monday night would be chasing a streaking cat on national television.
MSN.com reported on the incident, but for some reason, their description reminds me of a vintage film with a comedic chase scene.
It made a run for the end zone before members of the orange-clad security team attempted to corral the feline friend.
The feline eventually made it’s way towards a tunnel, escaping the flailing would-be “rescuers” and a state trooper that joined in the pursuit.
But then Sports Illustrated and MSG reporter Madelyn Burke, tweeted a newly learned tip she received. This may be better news than an animal abuser tossing a black cat on the field for “luck”.
Asked building security about the black cat on the field: Apparently there are some resident stray cats at MetLife— they usually come out after the game, people feed them, etc. They live in the bleachers, I’m told this one must have gotten startled out by fan noise #journalism
— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) November 5, 2019
You know what would maybe help the stray colony stay out of the dangerous areas, have them fixed! It’s the best deterrent for exploratory and aggressive behavior. The first thing I noticed is that there is no ear-tip, which is done when stray or feral cats are spayed/neutered. Meaning that if this cat was a stray from a well managed colony, there’d be a good chance that this was done. But it’s not. And the cat is clearly well fed.
Promising news continued when the Stadium announced that the Monday night football fluke wasn’t going to fade into the background.
I’m pretty sure if they are able to succeed in locating the cat, once calmed down, they may find their newest friendly feline ready for adoption! I can’t imagine with it’s new found star power that finding a loving and dedicated football fan would be difficult.
For those wondering about the status of our furry friend ? at tonight’s @Giants game?
— MetLife Stadium (@MetLifeStadium) November 5, 2019
However, even with the briefest of streaks, the cat left quite the impression on these sleek house panthers!
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP, MICROCHIP YOUR PETS & SPAY AND NEUTER!
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