As a lifelong Cubs fan, I know a little bit about hope and a whole lot about disappointment.
Year after year, I enter the baseball season with unbridled optimism and unrealistic expectations, only to let reality pick me up and throw me back to the ground over and over and over again.
We Cubs fans, however, are not alone.
Whenever sports fans place their trust in a team or an athlete, they are setting themselves up for disappointment. Whenever the media showers an individual with hype, it is writing the script of another young man or woman who couldn't meet expectations.
Time and time again, our heroes let us down.
The games aren't as good as we hope. The players aren't performing to the best of their abilities. The storylines lack the excitement we were promised.
The following slides contain a few of the players, teams and stories that have let us down the most over the past year.
Just don't expect too much out of this list. I don't want you to be disappointed.