Hawk hammers NBA National Anthem

Bird brought out to sing in front of our nation’s colors, earns major praise from fans and players


Logan Flake

The red-tailed hawk Comet sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” as fans can be seen crying behind her. “I’ll never forget that moment for as long as I live,” one teary-eyed fan later said.

Hailey Boger, Staff Artist

Look out, Fergie. Out of the way, Lady Gaga. There’s a new star in the national anthem-singing game, and she’s about to spread her wings and fly.

Comet, a red-tailed hawk, was invited to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” last night before an NBA game. The crowd was astonished as she screeched into the microphone with all the grace and vibrato of a singing bird.

“I was honestly moved to tears,” audience member John Patrons said. “I’ve never heard a performance so beautiful in my entire life.”

As Comet reached the climax of the song, there were many people crying in the stands and on the court as well. The basketball game itself had to be delayed ten minutes because the players couldn’t stop sobbing uncontrollably.

“In my entire career, I’ve never not been able to play a game because of something like that,” NBA player Cody McFeels said. “That bird made me feel things I haven’t felt in years.”

Comet’s agent, Michael Grells, was surprised by the reaction to the bird, considering Comet is not from a zoo or sanctuary.

“We just found her out in the woods and brought her in,” Grells said. “All the big singers were booked. I never would’ve thought this bird would stir so much emotion.”

Despite this, Comet has been offered record labels by several major studios and will be releasing her first studio album, “On The Wings Of A Bird,” this summer.