Or in my case, numerous bad teams. All my life, my teams have fallen flat on their faces when it counts. Or in some cases, never even had a chance to fall flat on their faces. Lets take a closer look at my teams:
NFL: San Francissco 49ers and Oakland Raiders
Both these teams have been god awful in the last 6 years. But, at least the Niners are the only one of my teams that have won a championship in my lifetime (1994) However that was when I was only 2 years old, far too young for me to remember or appreciate it.
NBA: Golden State Warriors
Let's put it this way, in my 16 years on this earth, two years ago was the first time in my lifetime that they made the playoffs. And there already on there way back down with the loss of Davis
MLB: San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's
Yes, the Giants did get to the World Series in 2002. They had a 5 run led with only 5 outs to go in game 6. However, of course they blew it. The A's have been solid for most of my life but lets face it. They are a complete non event in the MLB.
NHL: San Jos Sharks
They have been arguably the most succesful team in my lifetime. Can you believe it? They've made the playoffs a whole 4 times!!! Wow!!! For most people, thats nothing. And everytime they get to the playoffs they choke like no other.
But to me, this has just become how it is. My expectations of my teams are not any different. I still expect them to win everytime, even though in my heart I know it can't be done. Lets look even closer at these teams.
The Sharks have been around for 17 years now, and have only made the playoffs once. The managment is not aggresive enough as they have the 5th lowest payroll in the league. While that can be frustrating they are still the hockey team I couldnt do without. And here's a fun fact for you, I have been a Sharks fan my entire life, and in fact have been a season ticket holder longer than I've been alive. I'd like to see anyone on this site say that about any team or any sport.
The Giants have pretty much been a wreck my whole life, and ever since they've been in San Francisco for that matter. I have stuck with them through all the worst times, including the Barry Bonds' Steroids case. And to be honest, Im still a fan of him too. Even though game 6 of the '02 World Series may have been the most depressing moment in my sports life, I still love them (yes, all of them, even Barry Zito).
While it is very hard to be an A's fan as they are changing their roster every day, I do everything in my power to stay as updated as possible. And I try to know that Billy Bean is always doing what he thinks is best for the orginization. Even if that is losing Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Jermaine Dye, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, and many other A's greats who have been traded. None the less, I stand by them.
The Warriors are the least succesful of all my teams, hands down. Their only playoff appearance in my lifetime was one of the greatest sports moments in my life. Beating Dallas was priceless, and even though we got killed by Utah, Baron Davis' dunk over Ak-47 was legendary. Other than that though, they've sucked but I have still been a loyal fan for my entire life, even during 55 loss seasons.
The 49ers are the only team in my lifetime to win a championship. However I don't count it as I was only two. Beyond that, they have been pretty weak. I get so sick of hearing from my elders about the 80's 49ers" and how great they were. Listening about Joe Montana all day everyday is really hard when the next time I see them, I will see the name "O'Sullivan" lining up behind the center. That's tough to take. But I still wouldn't have it any other way.
Finally, last but not least, my Oakland Raiders. They have been awful since their 2002 Super Bowl loss to the Bucs. This franchise has been a wreck every other year of my life. And, they have had the most losses of any team except the Lions since 2002. I am in a very elite group though, as I have faith in Al Davis, and believe he has a very talented team who just need some experience and confidence before they breakout.
To me, this is just everyday life. Many fans, in fact almost all other fans have at least one good team they can root for who has won a championship in recent years. Or who has been good for many, many consecutive years. I have none of these, but this is just the way its always been for me. And guess what, I love it.
I get so tired of hearing fans complain about how "bad" their teams are, or how their teams got screwed, or about how they hate a player or manager, or front office personel on their team. That's part of sports. In fact, that is sports. Being upset, getting emotional, loving the small things about your team, or an irrelevant win for your team that keeps a rival out of the playoffs.
Another thing I hate, is bandwagon fans. How can you love a team that you have no connection to what so ever? Or how can you abandon your team for another? IF anyone had the right to do this, it would be somebody like me. But I have a soul, and would never do that. Because one day, one day, I know it will be my teams that will dominate the leagues they are in. And its gonna taste so sweet, especially when I look back at all these years of hell. But to me it really hasn't been hell because Im just enjoying being a sports fan.