If you're a sports fan, desperation isn't a foreign emotion. Maybe your team has one last chance to rally and send the game to OT, or leave with an outright victory. Perhaps the season is falling apart and one more loss ends any hope for a postseason run.
Desperation isn't a rare affliction, it's one of the fundamental reasons being a diehard sports fan is equal parts joy and agony.
But, some fans—by virtue of a live-and-die-by-the-team family, or their own design—have entered into a pact with a team that specializes in making desperation a continuous state of existence. A state that is never truly interrupted; just periodically numbed.
And, the desperation isn't exclusive to those fanbases of teams which are simply bad at what they do—desperation comes in a variety of flavors. Pick your poison: a glorious past of dominance fading into irrelevance; or perhaps the desperation spawns from perpetually coming up short, when everyone says your team is the favorite to win it all.
These are the 20 most desperate fanbases in sports.