If you heard Andrew Potter was competing in a Mixed Martial Arts cage fight in Marshalltown Saturday night, I can assure you it wasn't me. My wife got a text message saying Andrew Potter was knuckling up that night, but then looked over to make sure I was still in the living room.
I spent my night doing the exact opposite of cage fighting - listening to Paul Simon's greatest hits on record. It was about as mellow as you could get and I wound up with no facial contusions.
Truth is, there are plenty of Andrew Potters out there doing all sorts of things in this world. Just by doing a web search I found out we are Canadian authors, artists, professional lacrosse players and ministers. Man, we can do it all.
Wait a minute, did I say lacrosse?
Yes, there he is Andrew Potter, a forward who has played for the Rochester Knighthawks and Colorado Mammoth during his time in the National Lacrosse League. It looks like he was recently signed by a different team, the Washington Stealth - this league has some pretty cool team nicknames.
At one point several years ago I snatched up the website www.andrewpotter.com, until I failed to renew it.
I got an email from an Andrew Potter from England who was jealous I had domain and not him. He was younger than me so I made sure I told him I was the original Andrew Potter. He said it took a few to have that name to get it right and it was kind of fun to banter with someone from across the pond.
I remember other Andrew Potters also coming out of the wood work as well contacting me.
Well, eventually some other Andrew Potter from New York snatched up that website, but it looks like he hasn't kept it up.
There is another Andrew Potter right here in Marshalltown. In fact, I met him once while out on a story and I made sure to tell him he had a nice name.
Us Andrew Potters in the world hold a special bond. We all have heard the litany of Harry Potter jokes, and there are other variations of the name Potter that can be used to tease as well.
Stay strong my Andrew Potter brothers, those Harry Potter books and movies have to be going away sometime, hopefully.
We have a lot to be proud of with our name. It's a name that's easy to say, easy to spell and hey, it's ours. Let's own it.
And if anybody teases us, we'll get Andrew Potter the cage fighter after them.
That should work.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org