Hate is such a strong word.
When it comes to sports, we toss that word around as casually as we say, “I know, right?”
It’s not uncommon, when hanging around a group of people discussing the tournament, that you’ll hear sentiments like these:
“Oregon? I hate Oregon!”
“Man, I can’t stand Baylor!”
I’m as bad as any of them. Every time the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament rolls around, it stuns me how often I find myself rooting against teams, rather than for them.