Penguins-Red Wings: Whoever Wins, I Lose

Aaron ArcherCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

DETROIT - JUNE 4:  Andreas Lilja #3 of the Detroit Red Wings steps into Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during game six of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 4, 2008 in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania.

If possible, I'm going to start at a tangent and work my way back. Back to what? Well, you'll see.

As a fan of both the Alien and Predator franchises, I watched in utter anticipation at the release of the movie 'Alien Vs. Predator' but was rather disappointed by the showing.

I never thought the humans stood any chance of survival, and thought the concept while good on paper wasn't as good as it could have been.

Whenever I'm asked, I'll say it's a total deal breaker on both franchises and I always say that as a human, I would have died early on.

Sadly, this was true for me this year. Not that I was in the Antarctic fighting two alien species, but I'll explain how I figure it. As a Flyers fan, I strongly dislike—but I wouldn't say 'hate'—the Pittsburgh Penguins. As a person, I despise the Red Wings for consistently being one of the best teams in the NHL (despite one or two wobbly moments).

I am a human (Flyers fan) and I'm about to witness the facing off between two alien races (Penguins vs. Red Wings) and in all honesty, I feel that if I follow the Penguins I'll be going against every Flyers fan in the world but if I follow the Red Wings I'll be going against every ounce of my being.

Yes, that's how much I loathe the Red Wings. This also makes sense out of my headline. It was a take from the Alien Vs. Predator tag-line of "Whoever wins, we lose." And the worst difference between the dire movie and the Stanley Cup finals at hand is that I know by the end of it, one of them will still be standing.

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So I'm in a bit of a pickle, because I always need a team to support or I don't enjoy the games nearly enough. From 2004 to 2008, I've supported one of the finalists. 2004: Calgary Flames. 2006: Edmonton Oilers. 2007: Anaheim Ducks. Finally, there was last year, in which I considered and reconsidered who to follow when in the end I went for the Red Wings. I decided to leave it until the first game started and I went for the one that felt right.

I instantly felt it was the better choice, but I also felt that I needed a cold shower to wash that feeling off me. Luckily, I didn't need the shower because I had the pleasure of seeing the Penguins lose. Fair enough, they went down fighting but that just made it all the sweeter.

This brings me back to my original point. While it's no longer a matter of "which team do I want to win?" it's closer to "which team would I rather see lose?" and gun to my head, I'd say that it'd have to be the Red Wings.

So, Red Wings, the Predators of the scenario have my support. But like I said, whoever wins, I lose. The only thing I can really want from this is to see some good hockey and a phenomenal series.

Good luck, Red Wings.

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