Everyone likes to root for an underdog. Here are a couple sporting events where the support paid off.

  1. Appalachian State beats #5 Michigan in the season opener at Michigan Stadium (2007): They led nearly the entire game and with seconds left, gave up a big play that put Michigan in the position to win with this field goal.
  2. U.S. beats Soviets Olympic ice hockey, 1980: Not only a huge upset in sports, but an unbelievable moment in the context of American history.
  3. Buster Douglas KOs Mike Tyson for heavyweight championship, 1990: Tyson was seen as invincible at the time, making his improbable loss to little known Buster Douglas all the more surprising.
  4. The 18-and-0, multi-record setting New England Patriots fall to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. The Patriots were 12 point favorites in Las Vegas, and Tom Brady was undefeated in Super Bowls. They were going to be the greatest team ever, with the greatest coach ever, with the greatest QB ever... now just a footnote.
  5. Golden State Warriors eliminate Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs: The Mavericks were the biggest favorites to win the west since the Kobe/Shaq Lakers.
  6. N.C. State knocks off Houston to win 1983 NCAA championship. Everyone counted Jimmy Valvano and his N.C. State team out... but everyone was wrong.
  7. Villanova tops Georgetown to win 1985 NCAA championship.
  8. New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl III, 1969
  9. Man O' War loses only race, to 100-to-1 shot Upset, 1919
  10. Denver Nuggets eliminate Seattle SuperSonics in 1994 NBA playoffs
  11. Duke tops UNLV in 1991 NCAA Tournament
  12. Jack Fleck beats Ben Hogan at 1955 U.S. Open
  13. New York Mets defeat Baltimore Orioles for 1969 World Series
  14. Cincinnati Reds sweep A's in 1990 World Series
  15. Rulon Gardner overpowers Alexander Karelin for Greco-Roman wrestling gold, 2000
  16. Chaminade knocks of Virginia in 1982-1983 season
  17. George Mason in the 2006 NCAA Tournament
  18. Los Angeles Dodgers beat Oakland A's in 1988 World Series
  19. Larry Owings beats undefeated, three-time champion Dan Gable at the 1970 NCAA wrestling tournament
  20. Denver Nuggets eliminate Seattle SuperSonics in 1994 NBA playoffs
  21. Soviet Union wins controversial gold over U.S. basketball team at 1972 Olympics
  22. Canadian UFC fighter Georges St. Pierre loses title to Matt Serra at UFC 69
  23. Samir Patel losing in the 5th round of the 2007 Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on the word "Clevis" (he spelled it "Clevice")
  24. Connecticut beats Duke for 1999 NCAA men's basketball title
  25. Denver Broncos drop Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII
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