Being a Hopeful Romantic with a passion for Star Wars, movies and sports in college isn't easy, but I get by with a little help from my friends....Joe Cocker anyone?
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Why root for an underdog? The desire to do so is ancient, of course — even older than the NCAA tournament, which predates Verne Lundquist’s broadcasting career and therefore also the Epic of Gilgamesh — but given its primality, it also strikes me as surprisingly sophisticated. What I mean by that is that the really deep-down, automatic, lizard-brain urge is surely to ally yourself with Goliath, to stand behind the biggest, meanest, baddest guy in the yard. To root for an underdog, by contrast, requires an outlook. You have to think something about the world, something that extends beyond the mere worship of strength; you have to believe in a kind of merit that is invisible. Children, given a choice between two sports teams and no information, will almost always gravitate toward the one that’s winning. It’s only when you’ve seen a little more life that you start to pine for the upset.
Brian Phillips, Grantland
It’s important to note, however, that Nicolas Cage is someone for whom we all LINE UP to see do whatever. If I’m at a party at your house and I put Grown Ups 2 in the DVD player, nothing against that movie, but it’s a party, people are going to eventually go into the kitchen so they can keep partying. If I put Ghost Rider 2 in, at some point, there’s going to be a circle of people sitting cross legged around the TV. The party’s going to become a Ghost Rider 2 party.
I returned home today from a long afternoon of traversing Indianapolis to find a place to get an oil change and a car wash (the latter impossible in our post-snow storm world) to find I had accidentally started a media storm in Dallas.
Two days ago (March 5) I had been in my sports writing class at IUPUI, taught by Ronnie Ramos, the sports director at the Indianapolis Star. At the end of class…