Simple question for fun: assuming you had the choice to watch your team win a Stanley Cup in four hard fought seven game series or in go a perfect 16-0 and sweep all opponents, which one would you pick?
Winning with no adversity gets boring. What's the point of watching something that's supposed to be entertaining if it's no longer entertaining? It'd be like watching some of the Tyson fights that were over in under 30 seconds...
So yeah; if I'm part of the team or its management, it's sweeps AINEC. You get less bumps/bruises and you get in the record books.
If I'm just part of the fanbase, four 7-game series wins AINEC. You get the ups and downs, the nervous tension, the jubilation when your guys pull it off, etc. It's not even comparable to a blowout in terms of entertainment value.
Either way, you get the cup... so I'll take either one
I gotta go for the sweeps. That would be amazing to watch something that would go down in history as the greatest playoff run, probably ever and something that everyone on HF currently would most likely never see again.
I kind of want my team to be the best possible team ever, so probably would end up taking the 16-0 sweep.
But for pure entertainment value the 4 7 game series would be awesome and one of the most entertaining runs ever. I would enjoy it a lot more (and i would hate it a lot more, but that is the brilliance of Play-Offs. All the ups and downs).
But looking things in retrospective, my team won the 2002 cup (hypothetical) with 16-0 sweep. I would still be all over everyone's face about it. I would call it the best team ever and would not feel a bit shame.