Monday, February 04, 2008

A Note on Gloating

And, for everyone that does plan on rubbing someone's nose in the New England loss, keep in mind that it is very easy to root for the underdog, win or lose.

Consider:

You Root For: Favourite
They: Win
You're: Happy, probably boastful, confident in the knowledge that - depending on the teams - anywhere from 50% to 95% of the interested parties agree with you. Ultimately, there's not much to gloat about, the favoured team did what they were supposed to do - win

You Root For: Favourite
They: Lose
You're: Upset, sheepish, but safe in the knowledge that a lot of other people are in the same boat. If you're a good loser, you'll congratulate the winning team's supporters and move on. If you're a sore loser, you'll mope (and maybe welsh on the bet). None of that matters, though, because of the next two guys

You Root For: Underdog
They: Lose
You're: Upset, you maybe lost a bet, but you're a good guy, always a champion of the underdog. You can leave the room with your dignity intact knowing that, even though your team lost, no one really expected them to win

You Root For: Underdog
They: Win
You're: Happy, probably ecstatic due to the huge bet you just won. You can now mock the losing team's supporters mercilessly because your team (and, by extension, you) have overcome the odds. You believed, you ate your vitamins and said your prayers, and, ultimately, you are a better fan than the other person because you didn't just go for the easy choice

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