I do not like the Ducks. I always root against the Ducks.
However, at this point in this season, it’s better for the Kings if the Wild lose. Because the Wild are more of a threat to the Kings’ playoff chances. The Ducks are currently out of reach.
For that reason, as I watch the game, I am not bothered all that much by the fact that Anaheim jumps out to a 3-0 lead. It’s annoying, because I don’t like the Ducks and hate to see them succeed. But it’s gratifying, because the Wild losing helps the Kings.
Then the Wild get two goals, and now it’s 3-2.
With the third period half over, I’m no longer passively gratified by the Wild’s potential loss.
I now want them to score two more goals and win.
So I root for the Wild to score.
But not just once, because that would send the game to OT, which means 3 points split up between two teams both of whom I would like to lose.
So I can only root for the Wild if they score a goal soon.
I stop rooting for the Wild. They took too long. The window has closed. I’m back to rooting for the Ducks.
So I’ve gone from hating the Ducks and yet wanting them to win, to wanting the Wild to catch up, to wanting the Wild not to catch up.
Well, the Ducks held on to win in regulation. So that’s fine. But if the Wild had gotten the game to OT, I would then have switched allegiances again.
To the Ducks? No.
I would then be rooting for no-one to score. Why? Because OT wins count in the ROW column, which is a tie-breaker, while SO wins don’t count in the ROW tie-breaker.
So now I’m resigned to the stupid 3 points distributed to my enemies, and simply want the thing to get to the shoot-out, so that no-one benefits from the extra ROW.
Either way, if it gets to the shoot-out, I must change allegiances yet again, no longer rooting for no-one, and now rooting for the Ducks. To keep the Wild down.
And all that switching has made me tired and irritated.
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