Once in a while, I cover an event that doesn't cooperate with my 5 PM deadline. The Super Bowl is one such event. I had to draw two cartoons yesterday. One in case the Steelers lost and one if they won. This is harder than it sounds. I still remember in 2000 drawing two cartoons the day before the election and then leaving for a cultural exchange trip to China. I figured, no biggie, Gore will be a shoe-in. We all know how that turned out. They couldn't run either cartoon for months.
For the Super Bowl, I decided to do something using a Groundhog Day metaphor. I drew one showing him too depressed to come out of his hole (Steelers loss) and one where he is predicting six more weeks of celebration (Steelers victory). Fortunately, hanging chads don't affect the Super Bowl.
Version One: Here is the cartoon the paper would've run if the Steelers had lost the Super Bowl. Poor, unhappy groundhog! (notice the little tear)
Version Two: Here is the one that ran in today's paper. Happy, happy groundhog!
You know, I feel like I keep waking up on the same day and drawing the same cartoon over and over ... weird.