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Sports Pain

Maybe two minutes before Real Salt Lake scored its first of three (ARGH THREE) unanswered goals in its smacking of the Portland Timbers tonight, I had actually thought this to myself: Does this feel like it's going to be a nil-nil tie? It was easiest for me to see the Timbers and RSL battling to a scoreless draw. Until about two minutes later.

Becoming a fan of the Timbers has been a good lesson in sports fan humility. I hope I keep learning that lesson.

Maybe I shouldn't have had my first rooting team in pro sports be the 1991 Washington Redskins, because they went 14-2 and won the Super Bowl. Where does a fan go from there? And maybe it's good that no pro team I've rooted for since has won a championship, because MOST TEAMS DON'T. That's why they're called "championships."

And my cringing about the Timbers's wildly uneven second season in Major League Soccer doesn't match the pain of rooting for, say, the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Browns, or the 1999-2000 Portland Trail Blazers (I'M STILL A LITTLE SORE ABOUT THAT DEFLATING FOURTH QUARTER IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS AGAINST THE LAKERS), so this is yet another entry that boils down to "Hey, Chris, get over yourself. And still have fun with sport! Even when teams you like lose!"

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