Quick, what’s the most random thing you can think of? Because there’s no chance it’s as random as the cartoon owl from the old Tootsie Roll Pop commercials tweeting an inquiry to the Tennessee Titans about becoming a fan. I mean, sure, if he did this with all 32 franchises as some sort of marketing stunt, it would make some sense. But Mr. Owl tweeted this to ONLY the Titans.
I was so confused by this, so I did some digging. I learned that the type of owl Mr. Owl is a Great Horned Owl.
I also learned he is voiced by Bob Rafferty, which I think is not as relevant here. But the great horned owl is one of the seven species of owls who are native to Tennessee. I know this because I paid attention in school growing up.
Ok, no, that’s a lie. I learned this by Googling it too.
So maybe Mr. Owl is a Tennessee native (rare to find any Tennessee native these days, I know) and was just recently tipped off that Nashville now has a football team. Like Tom Hanks’s character in Cast Away. Or maybe he’s been aware of them for a decade now, and waited for them to actually be good before coming around? I don’t know. But what I do know is that this was almost two weeks ago. And there’s been no mention of it on his account since. Did he pick the Titans? Is Mr. Owl now a flamehead? I don’t know. But honestly, I’ve never been more curious about anything.
I’ve got so many questions.
Can we make Mr. Owl (a cartoon) the 12th Titan? Can he even count to 12 or does he always stop at “threheee?” Why is Mr. Owl just now looking for an NFL team? Was he a Browns fan and is now changing teams based on how they handled the Deshaun Watson situation? Are his glasses prescription? Is Mr. Turtle also looking for a new NFL team to root for? Is Mr. Turtle still alive? Will there be a signing day ceremony for Mr. Owl to chose a team’s hat? Will those hats be mini-graduation caps?
All I’m saying is if Mr. Owl has a strong presence on Twitter, he’s already halfway to becoming a Titans fan. All he needs now are overly sensitive opinions. I can say this because I am a Titans fan. I can make fun of my own. But that’s also why I welcome the wise old owl with open arms (or wings) to the Titans fan base. I mean, he is the only one to gave us a definitive answer to the unanswerable question of “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?” I’ll keep tabs on this and let everyone know. I’m hoping he says yes, because it would be cool for the Titans to have more celebrity fans than just Ed Sheeran, that one guy from Outer Banks, and every country music artist.
Will Mr. Owl become a Titans fan? The world may never know.
UPDATE: Mr. Owl has answered some of the questions above (that I figured were rhetorical because I never expected an actual response).