One word that can be attributed to all Detroit Lions fans.
Sure, some put "guarded" before it, and some put "within reason" after it, but it is the one trait that binds all Lions fans together.
Optimism that the front office will finally get it right.
Optimism that the hot-shot rookie doesn't break his collarbone.
Optimism that eventually we too will have a Super Bowl contending team.
For the bulk of my life, that optimism seemed to be wasted on the Lions as they put together bad team after bad team, and squandered a once-in-a-lifetime talent like Barry Sanders.
With the NFL Draft soon to come, with it also comes another reason for optimism, and another batch of players that we hope will not break our hearts.
And while times seem to be good right now, it doesn't take much to remember some of those players that had us questioning our optimism as fans, and wondering if a more apt character trade might be "masochist."
Here are the 10 most disappointing Lions in my lifetime.