So, who do I hate, and why? There are a few reasons - hatred of a particular key player, the coach, or the owner seem to predominate. This is often irrational, but that ends up not mattering very much. However, there can be some more or less rational basis for it, often relating to bad behaviors. I have hated the Fildelfia Phlyers because of their cheating ways back in the early 70’s. It seemed as if they always scored the winning goal with a man in the crease, mugging the goalie - and getting away with it! They were a genuinely great team, but everyone on it - even Bobby Clarke - was a damned goon. That, right there is a good, solid reason, seasoned with a heavy dollop of resentment for the hash realities of an unfair world. Carrying it on for over 4 decades is way over the top, but there you have it. When it comes to teams, I am a grudge holder. But in this instance the passion has gone out of it for me - maybe through the passage of time, or the fact that they aren’t very good any more, or that my youngest grandson is a fan of theirs. At any rate, the whining, cheating, cry-baby Crosby-Malkin edition of the Penguins is now in top spot. Sad, because I liked them in the Lemieux years.
My next favorite hate is the Dallas Cowboys. I have no particular animus toward any of their players - with only a couple of historical exceptions. But their conceit of calling themselves “America’s Team” is an affront this mid-westerner refuses to tolerate. Beyond that, it's the terminally loathsome, hyper-Republican, meddling owner Jerry Jones who inspires my everlasting enmity. I never hated the Cowboys under coach Landry.
What does it for you?