Life is filled with nuance and compromise. Luckily, Kevin Wildes has sorted through it all for our feature, Winners and Losers.
I’m a Red Sox fan, and I was a little happy when they lost.
That shouldn’t make any sense. It only makes sense because deep down in a New Englander’s gut, right next to the pancreas, lies a fondness for losing.
It’s not something I’m necessarily proud of, but I’ll admit it is there. (Also in this category: My Dukakis tattoo.) I don’t know why it’s there. Maybe it’s nostalgia from when I was a kid and my favorite teams were horrible. Maybe it’s because heartbreaking losses are the dips you need on the emotional log flume that makes sports fun. Maybe it’s a government implant.
Whatever the reason, when I sat down to write this blog post I thought: “Let me see what other New England-centric things I’m supposed to hate but I secretly love.” So without further adieu …
Things New Englanders Claim to Hate But Actually Kind of Love
- Raking leaves
- Injuries incurred from raking leaves
- Whitey Bulger
- Hard-to-get-at lobster meat
- Having nine L.L. Bean catalogs
- Del’s business plan
- Bess Eaton’s business plan
- Itchy sweaters
- Mariano Rivera
- Shoveling snow
- Breaking a snow shovel
- “Having” to go buy a new snow shovel
- Foxboro traffic
- Wearing two different gloves because you somehow lost a glove even though they have a clip
- Wade Boggs on the horse
- Waking up every day and going to that construction job that Ben Affleck had in Good Will Hunting.
- Pumpkin-flavored __________ (Sorry. That one was actually for next week’s column — “Things New Englanders Claim to Like But Actually Kind of Hate.”)
- Tate George’s ponzi scheme
- The seagull that swooped down and stole your lunch
- Getting firewood in slippers
- Black Ice
- The Babe Ruth sale
Kevin Wildes is a Coordinating Producer for ESPN. Follow him on Twitter at @kevinwildes.
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