There have been many times I’ve watched championships and not only was my favorite team not playing, a rival team was playing. I’ll admit it’s hard for me to not want to watch. It’s very depressing watching a team you absolutely despise playing in a championship game.
After the Rangers were eliminated this year, I really didn’t think I’d be able to watch the New Jersey Devils play in a finals that I thought the Rangers would be playing in. It still hurts my throat a bit to say “Adam Henrique”. The thought to me of Marty Brodeur and the Devils potentially winning a fourth Stanley Cup was an absolute nightmare. Not really because of the team, but because my fellow Devils fan friends would probably never let me hear the end of it. Especially due to the fact that the Devils eliminated the Rangers on the way to what could have been their fourth cup.
The only reason why I watched to be honest with you is because I’m a hockey fan first and a Rangers fan second. I absolutely love hockey, and am able to watch a game with two teams I absolutely don’t care about. I can’t say I do the same for a few other sports I like. Also, the Stanley Cup Finals is something historic. I’m not going to let my pain as a Rangers fan stop me from witnessing history.
This Stanley Cup at least to me was very similar to 2010 Stanley Cup Finals when the Blackhawks played the Flyers. The Blackhawks hadn’t won the Stanley Cup in 49 years and were playing a huge Rangers rival. This year the Kings have never won the Stanley Cup and were playing a Rangers rival. Needless to say you know who I was rooting for.
I rooted for the Kings this year, and the Hawks in 2010. The thing is, I didn’t choose these teams because I wanted the other to lose. I truly wanted these teams to win. These two teams were both the most deserving of the two. Not to mention, a championship can do wonders for cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. Another part is I enjoyed the cast of characters these teams had. It wasn’t only the big names these teams featured, but I also liked the role players on each team.
What I don’t like is rooting for a team to lose just for the sake of them losing. I didn’t want the Devils to lose because I dislike Brodeur and Kovalchuk. I didn’t want them to lose because I wanted Devil fans to feel sad either. Schadenfreude is not good, and is bad for karma. But I really truly wanted the Kings and the city of Los Angeles to win the Stanley Cup.
Well, I’ve said enough and congrats to LA Kings for basically steam rolling through everyone on their way to their first Stanley Cup!
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