You knew Michigan was never going to win a title in your lifetime? I have a few friends here in the DC area who are Cubs fans, and I am admittedly a fair-weather Pistons fan, and much more of a Red Wings fan than a hockey fan. I don't know that I've ever watched a hockey game the Wings weren't playing in. I stop watching once their championship hopes are dashed.
Every year there is a hope that your team will win, and if not this year, you hope they build for the future. But if you knew, right now that Michigan (God forbid) or any team that you root for would not win a title before you died...would it affect your fanhood? Would you care a little less?