I don’t think I’ve pitched this idea before, but I would imagine that most, if not all of us, have allegiances to a number of different college and professional teams, depending on where you grew up, where you live now, whom you saw on TV once that you’ve been following ever since then (like JYD2, who saw the Carolina Panthers play on TV once (once!) on TV a number of years ago and has been following them ever since), etc.
My question is: if all of your favorite sports teams had a regular season game at the exact same time and you could only pick one, which one would you go to in person? Is the answer different if they were on TV?
And, what if those teams had a playoff game? (Assume for the sake of argument that all sports had games at the same time of year, recognizing that there is not a perfect overlap of all sports.)
And, what if those teams were all playing in the championship of their sport (Game 7 of the final round, for those that have series), all at the same time, and you could only go to one?
I’ll confine my favorites to Penn State hoops, Penn State football, the Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Celtics. Don’t tell them, but the Celts are probably my least favorite of my three favorite pro sports teams. I’d definitely pick Game 7 with the Sox over the Pats in the Super Bowl. Things get messy when you add in Penn State basketball and football, which I’ve been following since I was little.
If Penn State was playing for the NCAA championship in basketball at the same time as the football team was playing for the CFP championship, I’d go to or watch the basketball team, as much as I love Penn State football. I’m that invested in PSU hoops, but maybe it’s because they’ve never played in the NCAA finals before and this would be their first shot at it. I’m hoping to one day be bored enough with basketball championships that I won’t worry about missing one of them (although I suspect I will).
Love the Penn State football team, but I think I’d have to narrow it down to Penn State hoops and a Red Sox World Series Game 7. In mulling it over, I’d watch the basketball team. Even if they were all regular season games, I’d watch Penn State basketball, too, in person or on TV.
No judging by me if your answer is different than mine! I’d be interested in other views.