MetLife Stadium black cat still on the loose after ‘MNF’ star turn
The black cat whose appearance on “Monday Night Football” was arguably the highlight of the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-18 win over the host New York Giants remains on the prowl, according to a MetLife Stadium statement.
Play was stopped during the second quarter as the feline made its way around the gridiron before ultimately running through an end zone and into a tunnel.
Halloween isn't over yet pic.twitter.com/XhLDP3NgJO— New York Giants (@Giants) November 5, 2019
A dispatch later Monday night from the official Twitter account of MetLife Stadium relayed that the black cat has not yet been safely captured. Once that occurs, the feline will be taken to a vet for an examination, per the tweet.
For those wondering about the status of our furry friend at tonight’s @Giants game— MetLife Stadium (@MetLifeStadium) November 5, 2019
The black cat ran off the field and disappeared under a seating section. Once we locate and safely capture the cat, we will take it to a veterinarian for examination. #BlackCat | #DALvsNYG
Interestingly, it appears that stray cats, of which there are said to be several, are known to strut around MetLife Stadium, but usually only after a game, not during one.
Asked building security about the black cat on the field: Apparently there are some resident stray cats at MetLife— they usually come out after the game, people feed them, etc. They live in the bleachers, I’m told this one must have gotten startled out by fan noise #journalism— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) November 5, 2019
Footage of the black cat’s appearance on the field unsurprisingly became a viral sensation on social media, and perhaps one of the more amusing videos to emerge features an Indiana couple’s cats becoming transfixed by the situation playing out on television.
#BlackCat #NFLcat pic.twitter.com/ZmcRItPY19— Cindy Saucier (@Brat1st) November 5, 2019
“My husband said, ‘Well, how would a cat get in there?’ But, it is an outdoor stadium,” Cindy Saucier recalled, per the Associated Press, as she captured her two 6-month-old cats, Max and Leo, on camera as they jumped onto a TV stand to watch the stadium cat from a different angle, via the New York Post.
The black cat stealing the show of course is only the most recent instance of an animal interrupting a sporting event. Typically, these incidents inspire a “Rally [Insert Animal Here]” craze.
Then, there are occasions — like the one that played out at MetLife Stadium — where the fate of the creature is left uncertain after an appearance. Hopefully, the black cat’s story ends favorably, as was the case when the Cleveland Browns’ “Rally Possum” captured sports fans’ collective imagination back in 2018.