I am diverging away from my usually post topics this time. I love a good underdog sports story. Let me rephrase that. I like how I feel when I watch or hear a good underdog sports story. My favorite sports movies are Hoosiers, Brian’s Song, Invincible, We are Marshall, The Replacements, and The Blind Side. I’m not a huge Rudy fan and I am not sure why, so I left it off the list. Movies don’t compare to watching the real thing. Ask anybody who has been to a Superbowl, an Indy 500, or a NCAA Final Four. I was in Lexington at Rupp Arena when Villanova beat Georgetown, which is arguably the biggest upset in the NCAA Finals. I can’t describe the experience. It doesn’t top getting married or the birth of my children, but it is a check on my bucket list.
I am probably what most would consider a “fair weather” fan, as I didn’t root for Butler till AJ Graves took them to the Sweet 16 in 2007. I didn’t pay much attention last year or this year until their Final Four run started. Stating the obvious, Butler has been the only Indiana team that had made it past the Sweet 16 round the last couple of years. We didn’t have anyone else to root for.
After 2010’s NCAA Championship Game, most people thought Butler would be mediocre at best after losing Gordan Hayward to the NBA. Butler didn’t do anything to disprove that theory early in the season. Yet somehow they pulled together as a team, winning their last 13 in a row, including topping a #1 and #2 seed.
If you have a good underdog sports story, be sure to let me know. I might have missed one.
BTW Check out my post a couple of weeks ago about Hoosiers.
Sorry Ball State and IU, but ………………………Go Dawgs.
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