In anticipation of next week’s District 22 showdown in Texas, Manvel High is promoting “Eagle Hunting Friday” on the day of their football game against the rival Pearland Dawson … wait for it … Eagles. Manvel students are encouraged to “wear your camouflage” for their school’s spirit day.
Manvel and Dawson are tied atop the standings with 3-0 records in the district and 4-1 marks overall. The Mavericks beat the Eagles, 62-35, on their way to a Class 6A, Division II appearance last season.
For the record, hunting bald and golden eagles is illegal in the U.S. under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940, as the former are the nation’s mascot as well. So, eagle-hunting Friday is downright un-American! Unless, of course, Manvel is talking about Steller’s sea eagles or white-tailed eagles, which would be weird, since those are mainly found in the Pacific Northwest — not Texas.
Or maybe the Manvel school district was spreading its wings and talking about hunting “with” eagles — a 4,000-year-old Central Asian form of falconry practiced by fewer than 100 people worldwide. That must be it. But then students should be encouraged to wear some sweet Mongolian duds.
And isn’t camouflage designed to help you hide from your enemy? I’m so confused.