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Poem: "Swish"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 10th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

This is exactly the stuff that the NBA (and other sporting organizations) are fighting over.

>>So just how much do the wings work?<<

It varies -- and people don't realize how much or why yet. The wings are fully functional on a physical level, to the extent of their natural shape. So someone with vulture wings could probably glide quite well, whereas someone with sparrow wings would glide less, and someone with dodo wings would plummet. Wings are excellent for aiding balance and maneuverability, if the person practices with them. In this regard small agile wings like those of hummingbirds or finches are more advantageous.

The real difference comes with the numinous ability. People with bird wings fly by grace. This is a spiritual skill that requires practice, and this early, almost nobody can do it or realize what's happening. But some people are already getting a more a subtle lift, which definitely affects hang time.

>> Because if you can just unfold them and maybe glide a little, players with bigger wings are going to be better at blocking shots with 'em.<<

Bigger wings are an asset in blocking or hanging, but they are less maneuverable than small agile wings. It's not as simple as "the bigger, the better." People are still figuring this out.

>> And then it's really seriously easy to brush into someone's feathers where they're trailing, so is it only technically a foul if you contact a player's wing where there's actual bone and muscle? <<

Still under debate, but the tendency is that a touch is a touch. That's very hard to read in play, for the referees; but it's safer, because wings and feathers are fragile. It doesn't take a lot to break something. The problem is that it's gone from a player's foul-zone being a small defined space to a much larger, highly variable space as the wings extend or fold. So they probably need a rule that deliberately flipping your wings in front of someone can change a one-way foul into a two-way foul, or some other accommodation.
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