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    Greatest underdog sports accomplishement ,team / single and worst under achievers!lol

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    What are sports most impressive Championship underdogs witch no expert predicted ?
    Joe Namath and the New-York Jets http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/history/recap/sbiii
    Super Bowl III
    New York 16, Baltimore 7

    SuperBowl.com wire reports



    Joe Namath was named MVP after leading the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III.(AP)

    Jets quarterback Joe Namath "guaranteed" victory on the Thursday before the game, then went out and led the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season.

    Namath, chosen the outstanding player, completed 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards and directed a steady attack that dominated the NFL champions after the Jets' defense had intercepted Colts quarterback Earl Morrall three times in the first half.

    The Jets had 337 total yards, including 121 rushing yards by Matt Snell.

    Johnny Unitas, who had missed most of the season with a sore elbow, came off the bench and led Baltimore to its only touchdown late in the fourth quarter after New York led 16-0.
    Super Bowl III
    New York 16, Baltimore 7


    But there is many others
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    1999 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship- UConn Shocks The World

    In the 1999 NCAA men's basketball championship game UConn was a 10 point underdog to Duke, which would later become the only NCAA team in history to have all 5 starters selected in the 1st round of the NBA Draft during the next several years. Despite that talent deficit, UConn had two exceptionally talented starters, Richard Hamilton (who had a long NBA career) and Khalid El Amin (who would later win 3 championships in Europe). Led by senior Rickey Moore who played the game of his life, UConn hung tough throughout the game and then made several crucial defensive plays to win the game 77-74. This would be the 1st of 4 national championships in men's basketball since 1999, the last of the 4 coming this past April 2014 when UConn won both the men's and women's titles, the only school to sweep titles in the same year (and they have now done it twice, the other time in 2004). This short video shows El Amin's FT to ice the game followed by UConn's defense on the last play to foil a Duke 3 point attempt at the buzzer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdPxlP8W6tM

    At the end of the video El Amin can be heard screaming, "we shocked the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" This became the mantra of this team.

    This game is now considered one of the best championship games in NCAA tournament history. The Duke team, which had all 5 starters selected in the 1st round of the NBA Draft, is widely considered to be one of the most talented teams of all time and the best team to have not won a title along with Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma in 1983 which was stunned by NC State.

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    1983 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship -Houston Stunned by NC State

    How could a team with Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon, two of the best players in NBA history, fail to win the NCAA men's basketball championship? This is a question fans have been asking since 1983 when Lorenzo Charles's putback at the buzzer led Jimmy Valvano and NC State to a stunning, dramatic win that sent a shocked Valavano running across the Court looking for people to hug:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubCybJk-IAY

    If you watch the last play there was a very bad defensive lapse by Houston which failed to block out and protect the rim from this type of easy putback. Houston coach Guy Lewis's overall game strategy has been widely blamed for this stunning loss.

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    Miracle on Ice- 1980 Lake Placid USA vs USSR

    Probably the greatest upset in both Olympic history and hockey history:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYscemhnf88

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    Quote Originally Posted by BookerL View Post
    Jets quarterback Joe Namath "guaranteed" victory on the Thursday before the game, then went out and led the AFL to its first Super Bowl victory over a Baltimore team that had lost only once in 16 games all season.
    Top 3 sports guarantees of all time:

    1. Namath Guarantee
    2. On a live TV interview before the 1999 NCAA Championship game, UConn's Khalid El Amin declares that UConn will "shock the world".
    3. Mark Messier guarantees victory in game 7 of 1994 NHL conference finals Rangers vs. Devils.

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    1969 Mets Win World Series

    Smuler is going to like this one, last out of 1969 World Series made by Orioles' Dave Johnson, who would later manage the Mets to their 1986 World Series win:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT9hBVPDk8E

    The truth is the Mets had an outstanding pitching staff led by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and HOFer Nolan Ryan was a bullpen pitcher. However the Orioles had a much better team that year. The Mets' lineup was among the weakest of any WS champion ever. They batted .242 as a team and were below league average in runs scored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    Top 3 sports guarantees of all time:

    1. Namath Guarantee
    2. On a live TV interview before the 1999 NCAA Championship game, UConn's Khalid El Amin declares that UConn will "shock the world".
    3. Mark Messier guarantees victory in game 7 of 1994 NHL conference finals Rangers vs. Devils.
    Well EB
    You do know your sports !!!
    Excellent memory !
    And a NCAA basketball fan !!
    Anymore Underdogs ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    Probably the greatest upset in both Olympic history and hockey history:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYscemhnf88
    Yeah it did have a shocker effect ,with NCAA hockey players US hockey Team realized the unthinkable a real miracle !
    It does bring back excellent memories !
    The mighty USSR team brought to there knees unreal but true !!!
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    2007 Fiesta Bowl- Boise State Wins!

    How about the Boise State "Statue of Liberty" play to shock Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6Wfg0n2EE8

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    In 1990, unknown James " Buster " Douglas knocks out undefeated Mike Tyson for the win and the belt in Tokyo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by str8flash View Post
    In 1990, unknown James " Buster " Douglas knocks out undefeated Mike Tyson for the win and the belt in Tokyo.
    Yeah saw the fight !!
    Not quite the expected ending!
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    Here is a old one
    June 13- James J. Braddock, with 24 losses, produces one of the biggest upsets in world Heavyweight championship history, defeating world champion Max Baer to take the world title, by a fifteen round unanimous decision, in New York.
    James J. Braddock


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    Real name James Walter Braddock
    Nickname(s) Bulldog of Bergen,
    Pride of the Irish,
    Pride of New Jersey, Cinderella Man
    Rated at Middleweight
    Light heavyweight
    Heavyweight
    Height 6 ft 2 1⁄2 in (1.89 m)
    Reach 75 in (191 cm)
    Nationality American
    Born June 7, 1905
    New York City, New York
    Died November 29, 1974 (aged 69)
    North Bergen, New Jersey
    Stance Orthodox
    Boxing record
    Total fights 86
    Wins 51
    Wins by KO 26
    Losses 26
    Draws 7
    No contests 2


    James Walter "Cinderella Man" Braddock (June 7, 1905 – November 29, 1974) was an American boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1935–37.

    Fighting under the name James J. Braddock (ostensibly to follow the pattern set by two prior world boxing champions, James J. Corbett and James J. Jeffries), he was known for his powerful right hand, solid chin and comeback from a floundering career. He had lost several bouts due to chronic hand injuries and was forced to work on the docks and collect social assistance to feed his family during the Great Depression. In 1935 he fought Max Baer for the Heavyweight title and won. For this unlikely feat he was given the nickname "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon. Braddock was managed by Joe Gould.
    A film was made on his achievement !!!
    Underdog James Braddock"Cinderella man"
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    Hello all,

    Quote Originally Posted by BookerL View Post
    Hi all
    What are sports most impressive Championship underdogs witch no expert predicted ?
    Joe Namath and the New-York Jets http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/history/recap/sbiii
    Super Bowl III
    New York 16, Baltimore 7
    This is the most over-estimated game in the history of American sports because it was the most successfully over-hyped phoney media creation ever. Every professional sports expert I ever heard since then has said the reality at the time was that the teams were far closer to parity than the huge spread that was given indicated. There had been huge general bias/snobbery among fans favoring the old NFL teams and the media did everything it could to build up a rivalry based on that perception. Not the least of which involved Namath's guarantee. It was a guarantee Jets coach Ewbank was furious over and had issued directions to the team to praise the Colts to make them overconfident. Joe was simply expressing what the team thought...they would win. Why not, the odds were really closer to 50/50 than all the bias and hype could accept. If Joe was wrong it was what everyone supposedly expected. If he was right he'd get the fame.

    http://www.profootballhof.com/histor...RELEASE_ID=744

    As for the game, Namath got the glory for his boast, but he was very mediocre in fact. He was 17 of 29 for 195 yards and no touchdowns. Probably his best contribution was not being intercepted. The defense was the real hero with 3 interceptions in the first half, and yet Joe could only lead the team to 1 rushing touchdown. In the 2nd half Namath couldn't lead the team to the end zone again and the Jets were forced to attempt 5 field goals, 2 of which they missed. The perception of a miraculous win was a big overestimation, the kind of win that can happen in any one-game championship. The Super Bowl III hype is the real factor that put Namath in the Hall of Fame. His career over all rating is a very poor 65.5, a rating that would get him quickly dumped today, and his best single season rating never cracked 75.0. What he did was put up a lot of yards, in some years, but never better than at a 52.9 completion rate, adequate compared to many contemporaries. His team had only 3 winning seasons, in 7 of which they had only 3 wins or less in 13 seasons.

    Namath is the definition of OVER-RATED!

    THE GREATEST COMEBACK/COLLAPSE:

    I remember seeing this game when I was a small boy and had become a Notre Dame fan previously. I was watching it at home, then my mother took us shopping with Notre Dame winning 24-0. Imagine coming back to see USC had scored 55 unanswered points.

    http://espn.go.com/abcsports/s/notre...testgames.html

    Nov. 30, 1974
    No. 6 USC 55, No. 5 Notre Dame 24
    The Coliseum
    "The Comeback."

    USC trailed 24-0 late in the first half against the nation's top-ranked defense. But with 10 seconds remaining before halftime, Anthony Davis scored on a 7-yard pass from Pat Haden. The two-point conversion failed, and the Trojans trailed 24-6 at the half. Davis took the opening kick of the second half 102 yards to open the floodgates for USC, which scored 35 points in the third quarter. Davis scored twice on short runs and Haden threw TD passes of 18 and 45 yards to Johnny McKay. Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Trojans scored twice more on a 16-yard pass from Haden to Shelton Diggs and a Charles Phillips' 58-yard interception return for a touchdown.


    Cheers,

    Merlot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlot View Post
    I remember seeing this game when I was a small boy and had become a Notre Dame fan previously. I was watching it at home, then my mother took us shopping with Notre Dame winning 24-0. Imagine coming back to see USC had scored 55 unanswered points.
    Same thing ( almost ) happened in the CFL last year between Calgary and Montreal. After the first 1/4 it was 24-0 Als and the final score was 38-27 Stamps.
    I do not think outside the box, I do not think inside the box, I do not even know where the box is.

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    Found this using google search.............

    http://observer.theguardian.com/osm/...562527,00.html
    I do not think outside the box, I do not think inside the box, I do not even know where the box is.

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