March 26, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
I have always rooted for the underdog.
Right now I am watching the NCAA Basketball tournament: West Virginia (#7) vs Louisville (#4). I have no reason to root for either team, but I find myself rooting for WV simply because they aren’t supposed to win. I want the little guy to come out on top.
What is it about the weak or disadvantaged overcoming the strong that resounds with me? I know that I am not unique. Many people I know tend to root for the little guy. They have their reasons, but what about me? Why?
I think of being a middle child sandwiched between two girls. I often felt left out or not as important. So maybe I identify with those who don’t get as much attention. Or, maybe it is because I was raised in 2 small towns. People often look down on small towns, so maybe I have developed that small-man-syndrome.
You know, the guys under 5’5″ who have a chip on their shoulder because they were never big? They try to make up for their diminutive size with a big attitude. Very much like a Chichuawa: a lotta bark, a lotta fight, but not much for size.
Even though I am 6’4″ and 250 lbs, I have some of that too. Don’t tell me that, because I am from a small town, I should be looked down on.
Anyway, I am just thinking while typing.
I don’t have much else to say today. Go WV. Make this Chichuawa proud.