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Are Football Players As Smart As Geese?

Posted Monday, March 05, 2007 by Unknown

Science has discovered why geese fly in a perfect "V" formation. As each individual bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone and will quickly get back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power provided by the bird in front. When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and lets another goose pick up the point. The geese behind all honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Finally, when a goose is hurt or wounded, two geese will instinctively fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They will stay with the goose until it dies or is able to fly. Then they will take off on their own or catch another formation to catch up with their group.

If football players are as smart as geese, they will share this sense of common direction, fight to help each other succeed, stay in formation, encourage from behind, and stay by their coaches and teammates with unconditional loyalty.

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