It would be awesome, but it's not the reason. I was born and raised on the Ohio river, the Kentucky side, minutes from downtown Cincinnati. At the tender age of ten, year 1968, the Bengals were established in the NFL by pro football icon Paul Brown.
Calvin and Hobbes was just a comic strip that came along that due to the imagination of its creator Bill Watterson, its characters who he created, really became a joy for me to read daily in the paper. Especially on Sundays.
For me, no other comic strip made me laugh like Calvin and Hobbes. Far Side and Bloom County were excellent too, but they just didn't grab My heart the same way.