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Tweets After USA's World Cup Loss Show Misery Is The One Emotion That Unites All Fans

A soccer fan sits on the ground during a viewing party at Veteran's Park in Redondo Beach, California July 1, 2014 after Belg
A soccer fan sits on the ground during a viewing party at Veteran's Park in Redondo Beach, California July 1, 2014 after Belgium defeated the United States in their FIFA 2014 World Cup match in Brazil. Extra time goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku sent Belgium into the World Cup quarter-finals for first time in 28 years with a 2-1 win over the United States. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Here's a question: Which is the most tortured sports franchise in America?

The answer? Apparently, it's whatever team you root for.

With the overwhelming majority of professional sports teams ending each year disappointed and many of them ending entire decades without much to cheer about, the act of rooting for any sports team over time can be viewed as an act of masochism. It's more often the dream deferred than the dream season. In the end, annual grief is the price we all pay for the chance at the catharsis of one victory parade. It also seems to be one thing that fans of nearly every team have in common.

When the U.S. Soccer team bowed out of the 2014 World Cup with an extra-time defeat to Belgium, fans of professional and college teams hailing from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest commiserated and welcomed those new to such disappointment.

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