Everyone loves a good underdog story unless you’re the overdog. In that case the underdog can be really annoying, especially with everyone rooting for them just because they’re not as good as you are. Seems a bit racist against talent on their part if we’re being honest. But when you’re an impartial third party theres’ nothing quite like watching a shocking outcome to a game that no one expected; case in point- Germany vs. Brazil.
That’s why this week we’re drafting the most shocking victories/defeats in sports history. Only real games count, so no Mighty Ducks vs. Iceland or Bill Paxton vs. a bunch of tornados. It will be a 2 round snake-style draft and we’re sure to leave a shit load out, so please tell us what we missed.
Let’s get it on.
1. Johnny Sugar selects- Super Bowl XLII
It wasn’t until the throw downfield to Moss that he came really close to catching that I actually realized the Pats were going to lose. I…did not take it well.
2. David Rappoccio selects- Boise State beating Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl
Before anyone knew Boise State existed.
3. StuScottBooyahs selects- Germany 7, Brazil 1
The host nation conceding 4 goals in 6 minutes 40 seconds of game time. We will never see anything like that again.
4. Sarah Sprague selects- Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson
Even though I loathe boxing, it dominated the sports world discussions for the entire year and was just an unreal shock to boxing. (And Don King can go fuck himself for his behavior after the match.)
You have to remember this was Tyson at the height of his powers, no shadow of accusations of rape and coke hanging over his career yet, and boxing still was considered one the countries biggest sports. I remember everything about watching that match. (With my friend — now a real estate investor in Miami who seems to do nothing but date 23 year old South American models and go to Heat games — because it was our night to volunteer answer the phones for SafeRides that night and where we took calls from had a TV and cable.)
/A few years later I would be forced to resign my presidency of township’s/HS SafeRides chapter for being busted for underaged drinking by the cops, which is some BS because I was not driving and the whole idea behind SafeRides was acknowledging teens drank and needed a safe way home.
5. Christmas Ape selects- Super Bowl III
The AFL was considered an inferior league and the Jets weren’t given much of a chance to even compete with the Colts. Then there’s the historic import of the Patron Saint’s guarantee and the fact that the NFL might be different today if the Colts won.
Dan: In fact, Joe Namath might’ve ended up just another quarterback who came up short and his name forgotten rather than become Broadway Joe, and Suzy Kolber thus might never have interviewed him on the sidelines many years later, and … KSK might have never been born.
6. PFT Commenter selects- Hickory over South Bend in “Hoosiers.”
No one thought Jimmy Chitwood could do it. Well quess again.
Oh we cant do movies? well then I select the real team from Milam, IN that I assume is exactly like the story from the movie. They make it all the way to the final’s and have to dig deep real deep.
7. Old James selects- Kansas State over Oklahoma
Let’s go ahead and keep piling on Oklahoma…I pick the 2003 Big 12 Championship game. K-State 35, Oklahoma 7. I’ve got documented proof that I naively thought K-State would win this game, but the truth is over a decade has passed, and I still have a hard time believing the Cats actually steamrolled the ever-loving shit out of the supposed best team in CFB history.
8. Eric Sollenberger selects – Utah over Bama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl
I drove solo across the country the following Monday and was introduced to the Paul Finebaum show for the very first time. It was amazing.
9. Trevor Risk selects- Cardinals over Cowboys 1998 NFC Wild Card game
The Cowboys lose to Jake Plummer and the Cardinals and it officially ends the coked up, Haley-dong-whipping, Jerry Jones asking reporters about their panties, stupid dynasty.
10. Big Sandy selects- The Miracle On Ice
I was born during the Carter administration so I grew up during the 80s Soviet-USA battle. Rocky IV. Superman IV. Major milestones of my childhood, knocking off the evil empire, the behemoth of the world as the USA still stood as a paragon of virtue and all that was right about freedom. I was but a wee lad during the 1980 Olympics, but growing up I remember seeing the occasional replay, the famous “Do you believe in miracles” clip featuring Al Michaels, particularly during the 1984 Olympic boycott. To this day, this still remains one of a few sports moments that gets me choked up. And it still remains one of the greatest upsets and moments in all of sports history.
11. Big Sandy selects- The A’s lose to the Dodgers in 1988 World Series
So as a child of the 1980s, I also loved the Bash Brothers. Steroids weren’t even a thought in 1988 when McGwire, Canseco, Weiss, Steinbach, and the rest of the A’s seemed like they were on cruise control to a World Series win. Except Orel Hersheiser and Kirk Gibson got in the way and one of baseball’s greatest moment is one I still hate with all my being. Screw you, Kirk Gibson, for making young Big Sandy cry.
12. Trevor Risk selects- Appalachian State over Michigan
I don’t care much for college football, but this had me laughing when i watched the highlights coming home drunk from the bar at 4am that Saturday night, presumably just to watch Kate Beirness. My inner monologue went something like this from what i remember: “Heh. What a bunch of dicks.”
13. Eric Sollenberger selects – Roulon Gardner vs. Alexander Karelin
The Russian had never lost a match and Gardner beat him in a great moment for Americans who like to care about sportss once we get good at them.
14. Old James selects – Nolan Ryan vs. Robin Ventura, circa 1993
Old man strength is very real, and it’s easy to forget that. One minute you’re a young rapscallion, hellbent on revenge. The next, your head is firmly entrenched in the not-so-loving grasp of someone who probably has experience wrestling steers, and he’s wiping that shit-eating grin off your face with his other hand.
15. PFT Commenter selects – Washington Generals over the Harlem Globetrotters
January 5 1971
The Washington generals beat the Harlem Globetrotters 100-99 do to the globetrotters literally showing of too much and forgetting the score during the second half while the generals executed there gameplan to perfecton with crisp chest passes and Princeton backdoor cut’s.
16. Christmas Ape selects- Villanova over Georgetown in the 1985 title game
Always a delight to my intense loathing of Georgetown.
17. Sarah Sprague selects- 1960 Pirates over the Yankees in the World Series
Call me a homer if you must, but Trevor stole my pick.
18. StuScottBooyahs selects- OH THE BAND IS OUT ON THE FIELD!!!!
19. David Rappoccio selects- The 2004 Red Sox coming back from 3 games down to win the ALCS against the Yankees.
Back when Boston was still kind of a fun sports town that was only good at football and not the annoyingly smug juggernaut it is now.
20. Johnny Sugar selects- the Music City Miracle.
Still the most recent Bills playoff game. I was in 4th grade, Bill Clinton was President, and The Simpsons were just starting to go downhill…