Imagine this: Your college team plays its heart out from November to March, clinching a coveted NCAA Tournament berth. And then, just as soon as the chance to compete for a national title begins, it suddenly comes to an end. It doesn’t matter if the game was a major upset or your team was the underdog—the loss is all kinds of heartbreaking. (I’ll admit it: Watching my favorite college player cry on the bench after losing in the first round this year had me on the brink of tears.)
As you can see, the fans below were particularly devastated by their teams’ performances—and we’ve ranked them by just how sad they were.
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6. The Disappointed Iowa State Supporter
There’s always a Cinderella story—but it sucks for the high-seeded team that loses in the very first round.
This is what getting your bracket busted in the first round looks like… #MarchMadness @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/UznZgTPP8H
— Greg Cohen (@Greg_Cohen) March 19, 2015
5. The Very Invested Notre Dame Fan
Just picture what this woman’s expression must’ve been like when the buzzer sounded and the Fighting Irish won. Think she had money on the outcome?
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4. The Iowa Devotee Whose Team Was Down by 20 Points to Gonzaga
With only a little more than six minutes to go, this guy knew his team was toast.
Iowa fan Stefon-ing pic.twitter.com/LTewIqppBp
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 23, 2015
3. The Sad Gonzaga Fan
When your dad’s the coach, it’s hard not to let your feelings get the best of you.
Seriously?!?! Showing #Gonzaga head coach Mark Few’s daughter crying! Come on mannnnnn. #MarchSadness pic.twitter.com/KNHMtAgF3R
— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) March 29, 2015
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2. The SMU Child Who Couldn’t Take the Heartbreak of a Close Loss
Hopefully this kid’s parents bought him some cotton candy after SMU lost to UCLA by a devastating one point.
1. The Villanova Band Member Whose Piccolo Will Forever Live in Infamy
Props to this pep band piccoloist for playing through the pain (and for enjoying her 15 minutes of fame with an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon).