Do I "crave an optimal degree of uncertainty" or "an anchor of familiarity" or "narrative uncertainty" or even "a contest"? I honestly don't know:
Why is it good news for England fans that Australia played so much better at Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street?
There were plenty of times during Australia's era of dominance when I shot down anyone fool enough to crave a contest. I revelled in Australia clouting the opposition, and was always vividly aware that what goes around comes around. When I watch Melbourne play footy I crave big win so that I can relax and enjoy the match as Melbourne cruise home. (And yes, I'm perfectly aware the crave has been on the other foot, thank you very much.) When I watch the Aussies play cricket, I hope we make a squillion, then roll the opposition for rock all; on the flip side, the current Aussie cricket team has rendered cricket as interesting as I can remember, if teeth-gnashingly so.
I crave a contest - up to a point.