Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
There’s this longtime underdog team. Much of its existence has been a mixture of a few tantalizingly close highs balanced out by a preponderance of underachieving lows. The fans are loyal and true, but they’re growing more and more restless. The years of falling just short are wearing on them.
They’re ready to win. Finally.
The team makes it to a championship game. Everything is on the line. The thing the loyal fans have wanted for so long seems within reach.
And things are going great! The underdog has built up a pretty big lead early against an opponent that has long dominated the sport. Surely, this is the year it all comes together. This is the time they finally break through.
But … they don’t.
There are some confusing coaching decisions. The once confident players now seem suddenly unsure. Anxiety builds among the fanbase. That dreaded, familiar feeling washes over them.
Here it comes again.