With the Penguins' loss in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I'm wondering who I should root for in the Eastern Conference. I debated this issue with my college friends a long time ago. I was upset that the Islanders had upset the Penguins in the second round of the 1993 playoffs and I wanted to see them crushed in the next round. But my friends argued that I should want to see the team that beat my team win the title. That way, they said, I could take comfort in the fact that my team lost to the eventual champion.
So which is better? To see the team that ended your season defeated in the next round, so that their fans may know your pain? Or would you rather see that team hoist the trophy and celebrate, knowing that you lost to a champion?
There's always a third option: don't watch the rest of the playoffs and try to forget the whole thing happened. So far that's the course I've chosen.