Ducks and Wild demonstrate why the loser point is bad

  • I’m watching the Ducks/Wild game.
  • 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. 
  • They don’t.
  • 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.