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CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 21736177 Bring out the underdogs Bring+out+the+underdogs CBK

Why do we watch sports? To see bullies beat up the weak? No way; everyone loves watching an underdog win the day against a heavily favored foe — such as the Giants ending the Patriots' bid for a perfect season. You remember those big wins: Now see where they stack up among the greatest of all time.

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CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320548 The Miracle on Ice The+Miracle+on+Ice CBK Forget the social and political ramifications of the game -- the world's two superpowers going face-to-face on the ice against the backdrop of a Cold War that was anything but face-to-face. This 1980 Olympic hockey clash in Lake Placid, New York pitted a Soviet team comprised of legendary names against a U.S. squad full of amateur and collegiate players. The Soviets had won four straight Olympic gold medals in ice hockey. The U.S. had won only one gold since the event was first held in 1920.

As the final seconds ticked off in what was, and is, the greatest upset in sports history, a 4-3 U.S. victory, Al Michaels delivered the now-legendary line, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" And at that moment, even if just for a little while, we all did.
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320040 Buster Douglas KO's Mike Tyson Buster+Douglas+KO%27s+Mike+Tyson CBK It was February, 1990. Mike Tyson, a few months shy of 24 and the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world was set to take on James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. Tyson was already being compared to the great heavyweights of all time, and the public was clamoring for a match against then-undefeated Evander Holyfield. How lopsided was this supposed to be? Only one Vegas casino would even lay odds on the fight and it listed Douglas as a 42-to-1 underdog.

In retrospect, it's easy to say that Tyson overlooked the fight and didn't properly train and prepare. Douglas used his superior reach to keep the hard-hitting Tyson at bay, and in the 10th round the champ went down -- and out -- the first time in Tyson's career.
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CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320550 The Guarantee The+Guarantee CBK Super Bowl III pitted the mighty Baltimore Colts against Joe Namath and the New York Jets. Many believed the Colts were one of the best, if not the best team of all time, while the Jets still had many doubters both in the media and among fans across the country. But at least one person believed in New York's chances. Three days before the game, Namath put it all on the line: "We'll win the game. I guarantee you." Namath would take MVP honors in the historic Super Bowl upset, an upset that helped solidify the merger of the AFL and NFL. AP Staff -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320552 18-1 18-1 CBK Had the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLII, they would have been the undisputed best team in NFL history. 19-0. Offensive records by the handful. You name it, they accomplished it. But the Giants stayed close throughout the game, using an effective pass rush to keep the high-powered Patriots in relative check. A Randy Moss touchdown catch with less than three minutes to go in the game gave Tom Brady's squad a 14-10 lead. That's when, for Giants fans, the miracle began. A 12-play, 83-yard drive that covered just over two minutes featured a did-you-just-see-that helmet catch by David Tyree, and a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress that gave New York a 17-14 victory, ruining the Patriots' pursuit of perfection. Donald Miralle -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320044 :03 %3A03 CBK The United States had never failed to win Olympic gold in men's basketball since the event's inception in 1936. The game against the Soviets was a close one, and it came down to the final seconds. In one of the most argued-about games in Olympic history, several questionable decisions by the referees in essence allowed the Soviet team to inbound the ball three different times with three seconds to go. On the third attempt, the Soviets threw the ball the length of the court, caught the pass and converted the layup as the buzzer sounded, producing one of the most shocking and controversial upsets in sports history. AFP -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320046 Double the Dutch delight Double+the+Dutch+delight CBK Let's be fair: the 2009 Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team did not have all of the country's best players. No A-Rod. No Manny. No Pujols. But the team still boasted a deep squad with names like Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and David Ortiz. The Dutch? They had Sidney Ponson and Randall Simon. Simon, of course, is best known for smacking a participant with a bat during the Brewers' Sausage Race, in which four contestants wearing sausage costumes have a footrace on the field. But the Netherlands somehow managed to beat the Dominicans not once, but twice, eliminating the tournament favorites in the first round. Fernando Llano -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320554 UNLV falls to Duke UNLV+falls+to+Duke CBK The 1990-91 UNLV basketball team was considered one of the greatest of all time. The Runnin' Rebels rolled through the regular season with a 27-0 record, becoming the first team to finish the regular season undefeated since Indiana's perfect season of 1976. But in the Final Four against Duke, the 16-point favorites could not stave off the Devils, losing 79-77, ending their dreams of winning back-to-back national titles. Al Behrman -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320042 I-AA stunner I-AA+stunner CBK It was supposed to be a warm-up game for Michigan, the kind that most major programs put at the top of their schedule before wading in to more serious competition. Someone forgot to tell Appalachian State. The two-time defending FCS (formerly I-AA) champions came into the Big House and hit the No. 5 Wolverines square in the jaw. The Mountaineers took a 28-17 lead into halftime before needing a blocked field goal as time ran out to secure the 34-32 upset of storied Michigan. Duane Burleson -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320558 Rulon Gardner Rulon+Gardner CBK Alexander Karelin had not lost a Greco-Roman wrestling match in thirteen years entering the 2000 Olympic games. He had not even surrendered a point in six years. In steps Rulon Gardner, a goofy-looking guy from Wymoing. Gardner, refusing to be overpowered, managed to score a solitary point in the second round, and held on for a 1-0 victory. Karelin, universally considered the greatest Greco-Roman wrestler of all time, would not wrestle again. Billy Stickland -
CBK 99 1580 Biggest upsets in sports history 9320556 Reds sweep the A's Reds+sweep+the+A%27s CBK The vaunted Oakland A's were looking for back-to-back World Series titles, and they entered the 1990 Fall Classic as the prohibitive favorites. Bash Brother Fever had taken over baseball, and no team from Cincinnati was going to take that away. Right? In the four-game sweep that year, the feared A's offense was held to eight runs in four games, while giving up 22 runs and yielding 45 hits. Jonathan Daniel -
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