Two years ago, Freddy was unbeatable. I think he could have made some serious $$$ if he had actually submitted his NCAA basketball picks someplace. He definitely whooped up on everyone in our extended family....by a lot. His secret? He always picked the team with a dog for a mascot. (He got a head start that year on everyone because he picked the SIU Salukis for several rounds and they won.) If there is no dog in the fight, he goes with a cat. No cat? Then any other animal....small animal over large one. (See, very very technical!!!) No animals? Then he chooses the team that is blue (He has a blue collar, he's a boy!). No animal/no blue team then I guess he will have to wing it, but I don't think that happened. Last year I failed to help him with his picks, and he was crushed. But he has his system in place and this year he's ready.
This year, of course, Dick (the goldfish) wants in on the game, being the sports afficianado that he is. He likes Fred's concept, but of course he felt the need to support his aquatic mascot friends. He was sorely disappointed that the Jacksonville Union Dolphins, the Evergreen State Geoducks, and the Nova Southeastern University Sharks didn't make the playoffs. But, after pointing out the fact that, yes, he could support the Florida Gators, did he really want to swing all his support to a mascot that wouldn't hestitate to EAT him?
With that in mind, he totally dumped his plan to vote by animal mascot and decided he would do the exact opposite. His was going to be a vegan choice all the way. While his first choice was Artie the Fighting Artichoke (Scottsdale Community College) followed closely by the Fighting Okra (Delta State University), when he really really thought this through, he settled on what should have been his #1 choice all along....
.....Otto, the Orange.
Oh, my gosh. He might actually win. That's Syracuse.