Maybe you have noticed birds and professional sports have a great relationship. Just look at all the teams named after birds.
The National Football League has Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens and Seahawks.
The National Hockey League has Mighty Ducks and Penguins, and once had Thrashers.
Major League Baseball has Blue Jays, Cardinals and Orioles.
Atlanta is probably the most birdy city when it comes to sports teams, having had Falcons, Hawks and Thrashers.
And, closer to home, Austin once had a hockey team named after Bats.