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!"