Mountain Goat said:
I think this is all a play on words.
really, the quote should be "the french like to see new up and comers"
or better yet "all fans of any sport are interested in seeing some underdog win"
there's nothing wrong with wanting to see a new winner each year, but personally i think it is completely irrational to, say, 'hate' a winner purely becoz they win... I guess the reason people don't like some winners is becoz of the way they win, whether it's arrogance or something like that. Personally, i like arrogant sports stars...
(Lleyton Hewitt - tennis - comes to mind from Oz. I don't know anyone other than myself that actually likes him. Youngest ever world number one and frimly agreed upon to be an arrogant little shit for most of his winning days - but i thought he was great!!)
Did anyone hate Merckx?
I dont think its a case of hating somebody for winning, its more a case of getting bored or tired of the same person/team winning.
I was tired of Indurain winning after he won three Tours but I still respected his perfromances, like the stage to Liege in 95 I think. I just wanted to see him beaten, I never hated him.
Was the same with Lance, after 02 I was tired of him winning but then 03 was a great race but he still won. It was what happened in 04 that changed my mentality from just wanting to see him beaten to actually disliking him. If forced me to look at a lot of previous incidents in a different light and so much attention was focused on him in the last few years of his winning streak, I just wanted rid of him.
Another example is Manchester United, I hate them so much now. I am definitely an ABU but I actually supported them when I was young and they were not winning much. I then got tired of them winning and couldnt see the point of following some team from a city in England I had never even been to.
In Ireland its crazy how many people follow Man Utd and I mean really worship them, text alerts when they score, the whole jazz. I was at a wedding once where the 'groom figuerine' on the wedding cake was in a United shirt. I just think, christ, most of thes guys have no connection to Manchester or have never been to England but they worship this team. To me its crazy and is a big part of the reason I love to see them lose. They play great football though and I respect that.
In summary, the hate only comes when some other factor other than just winning comes into play.