College football has its visible mascots and, occasionally, sports teams have two or three mascots...the University of Oklahoma has two mascots: Boomer and Schooner times two though. Boomer and Schooner are two human mascots and also two horses pulling a Conestoga wagon during Sooner's home games.
The National Football League's Baltimore Ravens have three: Edgar, Allen and Poe. This is, of course, because Edgar Allen Poe resided in Baltimore. In fact he died there. What a theme: Poe died in Baltimore in the 1840s....his writings are legendary. He is credited with beginning the detective novel genre. He's worthy of remembering. He is thought of, for non-readers, as that guy who writes about solitary birds. Or, perhaps, it was three birds. It is in 2013.
Auburn University has a war eagle who needs to be retained with a tether that the Baltimore trio of birds didn't require. That we know of, of course. We can joke.
Freddy the Falcon isn't a John Cheever novel though saying 'The Falconer' while looking at Freddy somehow elevates our sense of personal worth...and some might concurrently feel diminished.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have a pride problem I'd say: people call them Hokies, after all. You're so Hokie: you said what? Do you need a gun to reply? Hmmm.
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