I’m not a San Francisco Giants fan, in case you’re wondering. The success and noticeable roundness of the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval created a surge in Panda Popularity this past October. My screen name came from nothing as obvious as that.
Back in 2001 or so, Sprint ran a series of commercials playing on the “our service is clear and yours is not” theme. One of those involved a mall Santa, where if they had used a Sprint phone, the message to pick up a “santa suit” could have been conveyed. Instead it sounded like “panda suit”, and the name stuck in my head. Here’s a link if you need proof. Maybe not so ironically I’ve never had a Sprint phone, though perhaps they’ll feel inclined to reward this story with a fancy new phone and some free service.
Of matters more important, I’m a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and other Maryland-area teams. Those two are my favorites. And you think you’ve got it tough?