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As we near the end of the year 2008, it's no doubt this year in America will certainly go down as one of the worst in the nation's history - except of course for the late-year fact there's renewed hope for future recovery with president-elect Obama. So usually, I look back on my escsapes of reality and look at my sports fan life, which is always a huge chunk of my life.

But here's my problem. I believe - unless by odd chance you are just like me and live in the armpit of America, New Jersey, and devotely root for and support the San Diego Padres, University of Southern California Trojans football, and the Oakland Raiders - I alone in America will close out 2008 as the worst sports fandom year of my life up to this point. I believe no other American has suffered as badly as I have as a fan of the Padres, Raiders, and Trojans in 2008. Of course some here (specifically in the San Diego and Oakland areas) will all me a horse's **** for being a fan of a So.Cal team and a Nor Cal team at the same time, and maybe I am.

But looking at my three teams, I can't think of two many reasons to smiles of course except for Jan. 1 2008 when USC romped in the Rose Bowl and offered promise for the 2008-09 season (then Oregon State happened and destroyed all hopes), and August 1 when I was fortunate enough to fly out to San Diego and be at Petco Park for a Padres home game vs. San Francisco (Padres lost of course, but I did get to see in person, just four rows behind the Padres dugout the amazing NL Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum pitch). And the Raiders? Forget it. Not a single highlight to think of. Although Davis' press conference after firing Kiffin was comical.

So can anyone beat this misery that I have in 2008 with the teams you root for. Could there really be a worse combo of pro baseball and football teams in 2008 to call your favorite than the Padres and the Raiders? For the record, no matter how bad it gets - and I believe it will get much worse for both the Padres and Raiders before it does get better - I will not turn my back on my teams. 

So please weigh in. Does anyone think they have a sadder sports fandom story for 2008 than this?

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