Underdog Has His Day

(By Chris, Editor in Chief of MyBriefs.com and the adult writer of the Gab Four, with guest columnist Underdog. Sponsored by 3 Spoons Yogurt)
 
There's no need to fear! Underdog is here! 
 
When players in this world appear and beat the teams that they should fear and frighten all who see or hear, the cry goes up both far and near for Underdog!

Every week throughout the season, teams call on me for the simplest reason. An injury, playing on the road or even playing in the snow. And sometimes both teams claim no respect, but if you ask me, they're doing it for motivation. That's what I suspect.

It's only during the week, when teams are not playing, am I able to be humble and lovable Shoeshine Boy, my only job that's paying.

But come Sundays, when teams are in trouble, I am not slow. It's Hip, Hip, Hip and away I go!

After all, football is my favorite sport, so I have to cut something short. Do you have any idea how many shoes I've twirled? I'd much rather be helping teams shock the world. Though my quality time with Sweet Polly Purebred gets to be less and less . . . at least that's what she said.

The conference championships will soon be played, though I can hardly wait another day. The Niners and Ravens are the teams that will claim to be me, but both are capable of winning, you can plainly see.
 
Colin Kaepernick is a dandy, and the Ravens' defense is as solid as rock candy. Yes, the Falcons and Patriots are favored (the term for that is "Overcat") . . . but both games should be something to be savored.

An interesting fact, you may not be aware of, a statistic football buffs are sure to love: since the merger caused conference championships to be played in 1971, over half the time a home team has come undone.

That record has gotten worse in recent years, causing teams to give in to their fears. Since '98, when the Steelers lost to Elway, have either an AFC or NFC team playing at home lost, much to their fans' dismay.

A road team comes in, unafraid of the noisy crowd, but by the time the game is through, it's the home team that's wondering, was it really 400 total yards they allowed?

Just three times in the past 15 years have both home teams been victorious. These are facts that aren't too glorious. Only in '07, '09 and 2010 did both home teams defend their turf, though was that a new trend we witnessed the birth?

So this weekend, when the teams line up to play, instead of at the field, fans will be looking my way. I'll be flying the skies in Foxborough or the ATL, so you better know, one of the home teams won't play so well.

Someone is sure to say, "Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a frog . . . a frog?" Not bird, nor plane, nor even frog. It's just little 'ole me . . . Underdog!

Chris is a Waco, Texas, resident, Editor in Chief of MyBriefs.com, author of the book "Sports Briefs" and the adult writer for the Gab Four. Read more of Chris' solo columns here.

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