I think it's fine to give up on a sports team. You just cannot pick another one in the same league unless an expansion team is awarded to the city where you live (or another franchise moves to where you live). So if you give up on Tampa, you cannot claim to be a fan of any NFL team.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
As a fan of the 90s/00's Bengals, the 00's Reds, the 00's Chicago Bulls, the 90's UD Flyers and the John Cooper lead Buckeyes, I'm a proud member of the "I just can't quite you Babe" fanclub when it comes to "my teams". Its envitable, they always drag me back at some point, new coach, Jeff "Shake N'" Blake, Griffey, Jr, Ed Curry, etc... there's alway a new hope to place your faith in.
So how did I cope, so to speak? Easy, I became a low level fan of different teams based upon they way they played or perhaps a specific player. For instance, I loved the way the 90s Bucaneers played, once they switched to the Pewter uniform, I was hooked. I still "root" for them to an extent as one of my auxilary teams, but not that the Bengals are good again, I don't worry about them too much. I could say the same about the mid 90s Colts. Once they drafted Marshall Faulk I became a fan, but on the good side, the really tough losses, don't fester. For instance, the ball that slipped thru the fingers of Sean Dawkins at the end of the AFC title game loss to the Steelers didn't hurt nearly as bad as if that had happened to the Bengals. I'm never fully invested emotionally in these teams, when they win and are playing well and are on a national stage, its easy to enjoy, when they lose, no big deal. Its like being the casual sports fan that my wife is. She can sit and watch a UD basketball game or a Buckeyes game, but the only team she gets even a hint emotionally invested in are the Bengals.
"I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all out of bubble gum."
- - Rowdy Roddy Piper
"It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. I am not a big man"
- - Fletch
Can't do it. I feel dirty rooting for another team. If I lived in another city I think I could generating a rooting interest for another professional sports team, but I live in Cincy. I have found that it is a lot easier taking a casual rooting interest in soccer and hockey, sports that I don't have a dog in the fight.
I have never given up on the main teams I have followed over the years. That being the Reds,Kentucky (basketball and football) and Dallas in the NFL. I will admit I don't folllow or root as hard for Dallas as I once did. But I think that is more from losing interest in the NFL in total than just the team. I have had ample opportunity to change over the years too. The Reds were awful for a decade or more and UK football has never been good. I moved to the DC area in 1990 and could have changed to local teams then but never did. Just couldn't get that level of excitement going for the Redskins,Orioles and later the Nats or any of the college programs.
Reds Fan Since 1971
I've tried once with the Bengals when Tim Couch went to Cleveland. Being a UK fan I wanted Couch to succeed and the Bengals were going nowhere. I just couldn't do it.
The problem with the NFL is there are teams I absolutely refuse to pull for, and others that aren't much of an upgrade, so leaving the Bengals is pretty hard.
Lord knows I've wanted to quit the Redskins many times. I know they're already very unlikeable from an outsider's perspective but I'm afraid they're in my blood, like anemia or malaria.
Before the Expos became the Nats, there was a movement to try to lure the team to Norfolk/Va. Beach, which was an extreme long shot at best. I said then that if we got the team, they'd never be any better than my second favorite behind the Reds...and I've never lived anywhere close to Cincinnati.
I completely get why some people give up on their teams; I just don't think I'm wired to do it. And sometimes, I curse my faulty wiring.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."
Josh McCown has never been to the post-season, never held a starting gig over multiple seasons, and (until last year) never posted a winning record or thrown more TDs than INTs in a season. He could have been had for a phone call in 2010 and 2011 and nobody bothered. Tampa will be his 8th gig in 12 years.
Johnson I got. Steady hand. Veteran presence. Could lead teams to the post-season. McCown I don't get at all.
23 Years and Counting...
Unfortunately the NFL is a Johnny come first serve league. You are expected to win right away. Tampa I think needs about 2-3 years to rebuild but at least there's a structure in place to do it. And by the time they are good again, McCown won't be the starting QB.
At least you're not the Browns. :-)
.....when you discover you're parents tried to make you a Cubs fan.
"One problem with people who have no vices is that they're pretty sure to have some annoying virtues."