I'll Have Another and the Greatest Upsets in Sports

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 5, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19:  Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another edges out Bodemeister riden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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No matter what happens at Belmont, I'll Have Another's wins in the last few months will go down as some of the biggest upsets in sports history.

At the Kentucky Derby, the talented colt came in with 14-to-1 odds. That didn't make him a huge longshot, but it was a deep field and everyone overlooked him.

Instead, everyone was jumping over Take Charge Indy, Dullahan, Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Daddy Nose Best, Hansen, or Gemologist, all horses who had better odds than I'll Have Another.

After beating up that field, I'll Have Another headed to Preakness with much better odds. 

Even so, pretty much everyone you asked would have told you Bodemeister was going to win. No one had faith in I'll Have Another.

Then he did it again.

With another miraculous final-stretch comeback, I'll Have Another completed the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. 

It's not just the fact that I'll Have Another has pulled off two upsets, it's how he's done which will make this story so memorable. 

With that being said, let's take a look at some of the other greatest upsets in sports.


Miracle on Ice

It's impossible to talk about sports upsets without talking about the United States' hockey win over the USSR in the 1980 Olympics. 

The Americans were made up of collegiate and amateur players, yet somehow, in the semifinals, managed to knock off the Soviet team that had won gold in nearly every Olympics for the past 30 years. 

Team USA advanced to the finals and took home gold after beating Finland. 


Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson was 37-0. Not only was he undefeated, he had absolutely rolled through anyone and everyone. In Iron Mike's six fights before Douglas, he won every single one by knockout and none of them made it past the seventh round.

Three of them came in the first or second round. 

So when someone named Buster, who was 29-4 and coming off a couple of wins by decision, was scheduled to fight Tyson next, no one thought anything of it. 

Douglas was a 42-to-1 underdog.

And then, naturally, he controlled Tyson and knocked him out in the 10th round. 


USA over England, 1950 World Cup

I can't include the "Miracle on Ice" if I'm not going to include the "Miracle on Grass." The Americans sure do produce a lot of miracles, apparently. 

Anyways, at that time, England was the King of the Soccer World and the United States was coming off seven consecutive losses.

Nay, not losses. Murders.

Those seven defeats came by a combined score of 45-2. Yikes.

Nonetheless, the Americans scored just before halftime and advanced to a 1-0 win. 


N.C. State over Houston

The Houston Cougars were the No. 1 seed. They had Phi Slamma Jamma, had Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Young and Larry Micheaux, among others. 

They entered the National Championship at 31-2 and had destroyed Louisville, Villanova, Memphis, and Maryland in the first four rounds of the tournament.

All that stood in their way was Jimmy Valvano and N.C. State. The Wolfpack were a six seed.

But Valvano's squad played Houston tough throughout the entire game, and then this happened:

The Wolfpack were champions and Jimmy V is still looking for someone to hug. 


Upset's Upset

Man-O-War was the Horse of the Century in 1919. He rolled through every race without a blip on his radar.

Then came the Sanford Memorial. 

On that day, Man-O-War suffered his only loss. It came to a horse appropriately named Upset. And Upset's odds of winning that race?


The odds don't get much longer than that.

Eat your heart out, I'll Have Another. 



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