Gut Rumbles

July 12, 2004

rooting for the underdog

Is it just me, or is it an American trait to root for the underdog? I LIKE IT when somebody unknown wins a big golf tournament or some team spotting a lot of points upsets the favorite. I don't want to see that shit happen to my beloved Georgia Bulldogs, but given any other contest, where I haven't placed a bet, I pull for the underdog.

Maybe I do that because I am not a big man and I often thought of myself as the underdog. Underdogs have to try harder, but they can bite you if you don't watch out. Yeah... I like the underdogs.

But I don't like that term, "Underdog." I write frequently about "Tall Dogs" and I know exactly what they are. Tall dogs strut and assert dominance. The term "underdog" implies whimpering and sprawling on your back when intimidated by a Tall Dog. I've never done that and I never will.

Have you ever seen a smaller dog whip the shit out of a bigger dog simply because he had more fight in him? I have. And that's always been my philosophy in life: "It ain't the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog."

Maybe that's why I root for the underdog.


And here I am thinking you always rooted for the underdog because you hated cats!

Posted by: RickR on July 13, 2004 11:13 AM
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