As the pain of the Caps’ loss fades to a dull ache, I find myself watching the Bruins-Lightning series with great interest. It’s exciting stuff—unpredictable, fast-paced, and… confusing. Because while I’m a fan of neither team, I still like to pick a horse if I’m going to bother watching a race. Whom to pick?
My wife takes a simple yet elegant approach: root for whoever’s losing at that exact moment. Stay with that team while they’re losing or tied… then switch to the other team if the lead changes. The Underdog Special, basically. Effective, if a bit murky before the game’s first goal.
But I can’t watch this series that way; it feels like I should be following one of two schools of thought:
School 1: If the team that just beat your team does really well—maybe even wins the Cup—it’s a little less embarrassing to lose to a team that’s obviously on a roll.
School 2: No rooting for divisional rivals, especially not those who just beat your team.
So what are your thoughts on the matter?