What is the greatest underdog story you ever heard?
Americans by virtue of our beginnings love a great underdog story. We look for them in movies, books, games, sports, and everyday life to celebrate. To you, what is one underdog tale that sticks out?
I love the story of Seabiscuit. He was an unlikely horse racing champion who returned to racing after a potentially career ending injury. A symbol of hope for people during the depression.
I would think the 1980 Olympic Gold Metal Victory in ice hockey. Imagine a bunch of college kids first beating the USSR powerhouse and then easily beating Finland to win Gold? It was a breath-taking and completely unexpected upset; yet it demonstrated the essence of team sports... When individuals act as a team a synergy is created and this synergy can offset greater individual talent most easily...
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How can anybody not mention this story and not think "underdog?" Those kids had no chance against the Russians who had clobbered them weeks ago 10-3. But they won anyway.
I'd like to suggest the 1968 Harvard-Yale football game which resulted in a 29-29 tie. Even though both teams went into the season-finale game unbeaten and untied, it was considered a major upset by Harvard, who came back from a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit. The Harvard Crimson student newspaper was so excited about the outcome it declared "Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29" in its headline. The Yale team was led by quarterback Brian Dowling, the inspiration for the B.D. character in the Doonesbury comic strip. They also had Calvin Hill, the last Ivy Leaguer to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft. The tie ended a 16-game winning streak for Yale after losing its 1967 season opener.
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