In the A to Z Challenge today, U is for Underdog. I live it, breathe it, and coach it. I identify with it. Only pizza ranks higher in word count on this blog than underdog.
In the NFL playoffs, I root for the underdog.
In the NBA playoffs, I root for the underdog.
In the NCAA tournament, I root for the underdog.
A funny thing happened in the Super Bowl last year, though …
 Unless it’s the raiders.
 Unless it’s the lakers.
 Unless it’s north carolina.
1. Who were you going for in the Super Bowl?
There exists a direct nerve between your heart and the portion of brain responsible for rooting tendencies. It’s like sexual orientation or political affiliation: You can try, but you can’t hide it. At kickoff, your heart puts it in motion. The Seahawks, or Patriots? I’ve hate for them both.
I rooted hard for New England to lose to Indianapolis, and for Green Bay to hold on and beat Seattle two weeks before. These teams cost me a dinner of Wisconsin bratwurst and Indiana strawberry pie. (Seattle salmon and Boston cream pie? A delicious consolation).
Who would I hate less? On this day, it was New England. A pissy and unspoken evil of fandom is that it feels almost as good to watch a team you hate lose as it does a team you love win.
2. Is all of Garfield’s character animated?
Yes. Marshawn Lynch’s isn’t, if you can believe it.
Bill Murray voiced the Garfield character 2004 film adaptation of Garfield – then voiced regret. A generation who knows that fat cat and not the lasagna-scarfing smartass cat of comic strips is a sad generation indeed. (That’s even with bonus points awarded because Jennifer Love Hewitt).
The world even tolerated a sequel, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. A merciful God will prevent the Patriots from repeating as champs and a Garfield Part 3 from ever seeing the light of day.
3. Can a ghost kill someone?
My extensive research (two seasons of Ghost Hunters on Netflix) leads me to the scientific conclusion that ghosts can’t kill – but they can scare the Shasta out of you.
Ghosts are like Seahawks fans – they’ll scratch you and make you feel chilly, but they won’t kill you. It takes a ghost a load of collected energy just to blurt incoherently into a Ghost Adeventurer’s digital recorder. It would take loads more to conjure enough juice even for a throat punch.
That said, if a ghost ever offers you smokes …
4. What if they miss with the flaming arrow in the Olympics?
The Olympic flame represents mankind’s first rendition of sticking it to the man.
It’s to commemorate Prometheus for stealing fire from Zeus. (He paid dearly, though).
Relays from Olympia, Greece, to the host city begin months before opening ceremonies. Propylene or a mix of propane and butane keep the flame lit for the journey to the Olympic cauldron.
Spanish archer Antonio Rebollo fired a flaming arrow over the cauldron in the 1992 Barcelona Games. That’s the only time it’s been done.
5. Is Kesha married?
No – but she’s reportedly not on the market, either.
Rumors website Famous Fix reports Kesha dates Brad Ashenfelter. Who is Brad Ashenfelter, you ask? Well, he’s tall, and he’s bearded. And dirty, says Kesha. “I just like them beardy (with) long hair and look a little homeless,” she told US Magazine. “I like guys who look like they don’t groom themselves.”
Clearly she’s not seen your daddy lately, girls.