A couple years ago I mentioned the fact that I was going to officially change my favorite hockey team from the Blackhawks to the Sharks in order to like at least one semi-local team (San Jose is two hours away from Sacramento, so I guess that counts.)
The problem with this was, at the time, one of my main reasons for switching is because Jeremy Roenick was on the Sharks. He was my favorite hockey player growing up as he (Chris Chelios and Ed Belfor) consistently made the Blackhawks pretty good. Hey! They even went to the 1996 Stanley Cup finals (only to get swept by the Penguins.) Not to mention that their team on NHL '94 for Super Nintendo was off the hook! As you can tell, I still have a loyalty to the Blackhawks (plus their logos are sweet!)
So, I now have these two teams facing off in the Western Conference Finals. I was tempted to let this play out a few different ways:
- I sit back and claim that my favorite team is whoever wins the series. It's a cheap bandwagon-jumping strategy, but one with little risk that allows me to have my "favorite" team in the Stanley Cup finals.
- I allow this to be a competition for my favorite team. This is similar to the first option, except I vow to swear undying loyalty to the winner of the series. From this day forward, I would only allow myself like the winner of this series. It adds intrigue for me, as I would be bound to this team for the rest of my life, but I'm also taking any choice away from me.
- I simply pick before the series even starts and roll with that team through thick and thin. This is a great idea, but I truly am not as familiar with all the players these days so it's a harder proposition than one would think initially.
I hear this is supposed to be a great series, so that's a good thing, but now that I've confused myself as to who my favorite team is, I don't really know what to do. I'm sure someone can come up with a creative idea as to how I should root, so let me know.