Originally Posted by BlaZeQuietly
I've noticed in general any football fan is pessimistic about their team most of the time. I notice it here during game threads and I notice it with other people in real life. It seems we tend to lower expectations so that we don't get disappointed if our team loses.
what you describe is actually a very common coping mechanism.
if we lose we are prepared for it and if the Steelers win we can act surprised and be happy.