Cross-Country Cock Fight

Forgive me, for this post has very little to do with gun dogs and much to do with college football and smack talking. This Friday my alma mater, the (Screaming, for I refuse to bow to political correctness) Eagles of Eastern Washington University (where OL's Patrick McManus coincidentally taught, albeit before my time), take on the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens for the NCAA 2011 Division I Football Championship in Frisco, Texas.

This is the Eagles' first trip to the championship game. The Fightin' Blue Hens have won six national championships and were runners-up in the 2007 title game.

But, with as tenuous of a link I can draw between gun dogs, the outdoors and college football, where I come from, which proudly is eastern Washington, what kind of mascot is a blue hen, fightin' or not?

A hen is female bird. Male birds are called by various phallic names such as rooster or cock (take the case of the ever-popular ring-necked pheasant) but females are most definitely called hens.

So what we have here is...not a failure to communicate, but an up-and-coming slaughter of what amounts to a female chicken. The storied history of Delaware's football team and even its blue hen (which was has been used since Revolutionary times for cockfighting) is about to be trashed. It's inevitable.

To quote my good friend, Joel Shangle, of Seattle's KJRAM's Northwest Wild Country:

"Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom couldn't portray a more graphic slaughter of blue hens by eagles ... "

"Eagles don't eat worms ... when there are Blue Hens around"

"Blue Hens' most feared natural predator: Eagles."

It's a bloody bird fight and when it comes to eagles and chickens, the eagles have the bigger, meaner, sharper-taloned cock and the chicken pays the price.

If these University of Delaware (Fightin'?) Chickens do somehow manage to escape predation, it will only, like all prey species, be due to environmental circumstances (in football instances: the injury of EWU's running back Taiwan Jones).

LET'S GO EAGLES!