Metroid wrote:Would you rather see your favorite sports teams win a title just once in your lifetime, and then sink into mediocrity? Or be major contenders year after year, make it deep into the playoffs, yet never win a title.
Oh and forget about your teams past history.
I'd go with mediocrity and a side of a title please. I think a fan can live with mediocrity, if the expectations aren't there for the team to be great year in and year out.
I think a good example of this is West Ham. They never won the league, but they've won a few FA Cups and most West Ham supporters are proud to say it was West Ham players who won England's only World Cup in 1966. Other than that, West Ham has a reputation for a great academy that has developed a good number of top-flight players, only for those players to join more prominent clubs. It's the most romanticized working-class club in England, IMO, because often times they're portrayed as such in entertainment and media. Even Obama is supposedly a West Ham fan.
I suppose fans can live with mediocrity, as long as the club isn't meandering into financial instability and/or flirting with relegation.