I Hate Them Too, But Why?

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Unless you were living under a rock, you know that the New England Patriots won their 6th Super Bowl last night.  Like most, I was hoping for a LA Rams upset, but it was not to be.   I was also hoping for a good halftime show, but I should have known better.

So why were most fans of the literally every other team in the NFL rooting for the Rams?  Because, as a collective group, we hate dynasties.  We hated the 70’s Steelers and the 80’s 49ers and the 90s Cowboys.  Buy why do we hate teams that go on amazing winning streaks?

There likely isn’t one definitive answer, but I have two strong theories.

#1 Everyone loves an underdog.  Even if you don’t know a thing about baseball you knew that the Cubs hadn’t won a World Series in forever, and were happy for them when they finally did it.   We identify with the underdog.   We love seeing “the little guy” win one and dynasties have a bad habit of making our beloved underdogs their playthings over and over again.

#2 Groupthink.  We all like to think of ourselves as being likeable, intelligent people.  We all like to think of ourselves as part of a team and our subconscious brain knows that.  After a few years of hearing about all the ways that the Yankees are everything that’s wrong with baseball it’s easy to find yourself rooting against them without ever having given any rational thought to it.  Which leads to finding like-minded people.  Which leads to further discussion on why the Yankees are evil.  Which leads to finding more like-minded people.  Wash, rinse, and repeat.

So, what’s your theory on why we all hate dynasties?  OR, are you one of the few folks who love them?  Let’s talk about it!

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