As a fellow New Yorker I understand, but... People are different. Some people like fighting with friends and family, do not feel comfortable without it. IMHO newyawker meant no harm with his derogatory and obscene taunting (ok that may be a bit overdramatic). There is nothing wrong with wearing your heart on your sleeve. On the other hand telling people to f off, even in jest...
Let me try a different approach. Players, coaches and others also have a lot vested in this game. In the NHL after a series is over players line up and shake their opponent's hand. Though a losing coach congratulates the winning team and wishes them well, he doesn't really mean it. It's the right thing to do.
Next issue. This business of living vicariously thru sports teams successes and failures. I thinks it's much healthier to let my emotions swing based on whether Phil & friends are playing well, but what do I know.
i agree people are different David. But we a remain the same. I did not mean any harm. It was trash talking to the max. I could never understand the 'faked good game handshake'. Id prefer my adversary to not even come near me if I beat him. I prefer true colors and not some charade. Plus I only react this way if my team is close to winning it all. i do not react during any regular season like this. 2011 was a banner year for my gloating with the Bruins. And I have been shortchanged the last 2 years. last year me and my buddy who is a big Bruins fan burned a Blackhawks Jersey in effigy while listening to Spac 83. It was awesome. 2011 was my first cup since 72. And every week for a year straight till season 2012, I mailed a copy of the box score from the first round that year to my Canadian fan friend. I know he is planning some way to pay me back and am waiting every day.