Serious question here. If you had to choose one, would you rather watch your favorite wrestler, maybe your son or brother or you yourself even, win an NCAA finals match in a slow dull boring paced match? Or lose it in an exciting dramatic back and forth match with tons of action? I would be surprised to find anyone who would choose the latter over the former...
I think the answer depends on how close you are personally to the wrestler. If its my son or brother in the NCAA finals, I'd prefer he win a boring match instead of lose an exciting one. The same could be said of team fan affiliation and/or circumstances. For example, If the NCAA team championship comes down to the final match-up, I might want "my" guy to wrestle a controlled match - instead of opening up (assuming that's strategically the best move).
Of course. I'd prefer my guy or team win in exciting fashion - not least of all because that has more potential to attract new fans. However, I don't think the answer to the question is as cut and dried as it may appear at first glance. And, in responding, I was reminded of the biography of Gable's HS coach. (Siddens! Win with Humility, Lose with Dignity -- But Don't Lose! by Don Huff and Mike Chapman)
Edited by HurricaneWrestling, 24 July 2017 - 12:59 AM.