I'm experiencing some mahor cognitive dissonance, and since I know that it's happening, I'm having fun seeing my brain jump around and act all twitchy.
Basically, the sports team I've given my tribal allegience to has been accused of cheating, and there appears to be evidence to back it up. Because I give weight to the concept of fairness, my morals are in conflict with my tribe. It's really fascinating to see what's my mind's been doing.
- Deny that it even happened. "There's no way they could have had the opportunity."
- Even if it did happen, it's not cheating because it wasn't utilized. "The game was won on the ground, and Brady had one of his worst passing games all season."
- We didn't win by cheating, the other team lost by poor play. "Their defense sucked, and their offensive line was non-existent."
And in a very clever turnaround, pretending to appeal to fairness itself. "Did the officials check the other team's equipment too, or just ours?"
The thing is, I know how this works, and in all likelyhood even if they are found guilty of cheating, the emotional tribal affiliation will beat out the intellectual morality, and I'll go on being a fan. Brains are weird.
At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of dudes in plastic armor running on a field.