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Watch: Cat runs around field during Memphis-USF game

Cat Memphis South Florida

We had another cat on the loose during a football game.

During Saturday’s Memphis-South Florida game, a cat got on the field and was running around before a Memphis kickoff in the third quarter. This one seemed to be scared and ran towards the edge of the field and hid under a cart.

Congrats to the cat, who picked up more yards on that scamper than South Florida’s offense had in the game.

This was also the second cat on the field during a football game recently, following the cat on Monday Night Football in the Giants-Cowboys game.

Watch: Black cat runs onto field during Cowboys-Giants game

Black cat Monday Night Football

The “Monday Night Football” game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants at MetLife Stadium was delayed for a minute in the second quarter when a black cat ran onto the field.

Play was stopped as the Giants were driving because the cat was running aroudn on the opposite end of the field. ESPN announcers Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland were loving it, with Tessitore talking about how the black cat could be a bad omen for the Cowboys’ season. McFarland was at his best talking about the cat in football terms, describing its quickness and ability to change direction.

Some state troopers were able to get on the field and direct the cat towards a tunnel, and it finally exited after around a minute, allowing the teams to resume play.

As odd as it is, we’ve seen various animals sneak onto the playing field multiple times over the years.

Squirrel interrupts Twins game for second day in a row

A squirrel got loose at Target Field for the second day in a row during the Minnesota Twins’ series against the Chicago White Sox.

On Monday, a squirrel was seen running by the Twins’ dugout during the first inning of the team’s 6-4 loss.

On Tuesday, a squirrel interrupted the game again. It ran across the field in the middle of an at-bat in the fifth inning. This time the squirrel went into the White Sox’s dugout.

You may think that a squirrel on the field during a game is odd, but it actually happened to the Twins two years ago too on the road. Nothing generates buzz at a game quite like an animal running around on the field.

Athletics’ batting practice was cancelled because of bees

Now we know why the Oakland Athletics are known as the A’s for short and not the B’s.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A’s scheduled batting practice before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels was cancelled due to a swarm of bees at Angel Stadium. Oakland manager Bob Melvin noted that he’d never had a batting practice scrapped by bees before.

The A’s did not appear to be affected by the cancelled BP. They plated six runs in the early going of Thursday’s contest and chased Angels starter Tyler Skaggs from the game by the fifth inning.

Interestingly enough though, Oakland is not the only MLB team that has been affected by an unwelcome swarm of bees in the last month.

Reds-Giants game delayed by bee swarm

Monday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds got off to a late start for a very unusual reason.

The game was delayed by roughly 15 minutes due to a swarm of bees on the field in Cincinnati, making it impossible to play.

At one point, Reds outfielder Derek Dietrich dressed up in exterminator gear and took to the field to try to help.

The game ultimately started after the bees moved, though they remained in the vicinity.

Bee delays happen from time to time during spring training games. It’s a lot rarer for this to take place during the regular season, especially in a northern city, and both teams will be urgently hoping that’s the end of that.

Watch: Spurs mascot captures flying bat

Spurs logo

The San Antonio Spurs mascot played hero and captured a bat that caused the team’s game to be temporarily delayed.

Earlier in the week, the Spurs’ game against the Brooklyn Nets was temporarily delayed due to a bat invasion. On Saturday, another bat appeared, this time during the game between the Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans.

Early in the first quarter, the creature made its way around the arena. While flying near the court, the bat was corralled by the Spurs mascot, who caught it when a giant net.

If this is going to be a regular occurrence, perhaps the Spurs can take advantage of it. Here’s one suggestion.

The Spurs might need to bring Manu Ginobili back just to serve as the bat regulator.

Watch: Spurs-Nets game delayed by bats invasion

Spurs logo

A game between the San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets was delayed due to some flying creatures in the arena.

During Thursday’s game between the two teams, bats began flying around AT&T Center, which caused the game to be temporarily delayed until they could be brought under control.

While the bats flew around, fans chanted for Manu Ginobili, who once famously swatted a bat out of mid air during a game.

If only Ginobili hadn’t retired.