This year has not been a great year for me -- as far as sports are concerned.
The USC Trojans entered the season as the preseason number one team only to spend the last week in December gearing up for the 6-7 Georgia Teach Yellow Jackets, whom they will face in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Not to mention the pain I'm still feeling with them losing to both UCLA and Notre Dame in the same season.
Prior to that, I watched the Los Angeles Dodgers buy up half of the Boston Red Sox and fall flat on their faces as the rival San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in the last three years.
It's been a double whammy of sorts for the Los Angeles Lakers as I've had the pleasure of watching them self-destruct in the 2012 NBA Playoffs as well as go through a very rough start to the 2012-13 season.
Not since the days of Sedale Threatt and Anthony Peeler do I recall a more lethargic start to a season. It's as if this year's squad doesn't even care. Perhaps they are just coasting along the regular season and will flip the switch come playoff time. Well, I hope not, because there is no "switch" with this team.
Yes, I still Bolt Up! every week in hopes that the San Diego Chargers are going to put together one of their classic late season winning streaks and glide into the playoffs. Unfortunately, it has been a pathetic journey down the 2012 schedule.
I hate to see anybody lose their job, but damn, Norv Turner really stunk up the place. There was no consistency in anything the team was doing this year. He and General Manager AJ Smith will be fired at the end of the season and that is a decision not one single Chargers fan is against.
The lone bright spot for me? Watching the Los Angeles Kings raise their first ever Stanley Cup Bann...wait -- oh, right, the lockout.
So it hasn't been the greatest of sports years for my teams. I know, boo-hoo. I'm complaining about a Lakers organization that has won five world titles in the last 13 years. I'm depressed about USC even though their football team has won quite a few games over the last decade. The Dodgers, well, they really have stunk for quite some time. Let's face it, we'll never really ever figure out the Chargers.
This all got me to start thinking about fans of teams such as the Cleveland Browns, Milwaukee Bucks, and Chicago Cubs. You have teams that stink just about every year. Yet you still throw on a supporting shirt and go out to the games.
Year after year the playoff dream comes and goes faster than the Polar Express (I'm really not sure if that's a good analogy). You take your kids to the field, stadium, or arena knowing your team has no chance of winning a championship -- yet you go for the experience.
This goes way beyond the scope of those three teams mentioned, but I want to know if losing ever becomes just too much. So bad that it gets to the point where you say, "screw it".
I'll never stop supporting my teams. Yes, I'll turn the Laker game off when I can't stand the poor effort they are displaying, but my support grows for my teams with what I see on the field. If they lose, fine, so be it. That means ticket prices on Stub Hub will be going down and I'll be able to take the family out to a few more games during the season.
Losing is okay, it's the lack of effort that goes along with the losing that I won't tolerate. That's when teams lose me for a bit. I can't imagine plunking down $200 for two upper level seats at a Lakers game just to watch a team that looks like they don't want to be out there.
It's not all about wins and losses for me as a fan, but I will take a break here and there during a season when I've watched enough poor performances strung together in a row.
Sound Off: Have you ever thought about dumping your favorite team and jumping on the bandwagon of another? What, if anything, ever makes you say "I'm done" with your team?
Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.