Upset Alert: The 2010 McGintey Very Dangerous People Nominees

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Upset Alert: The 2010 McGintey Very Dangerous People Nominees

The McGintey Very Dangerous People Award is a statuette of a bronze slingshot (like David and Goliath) given to the underdog college football team which on paper does not have a snowball's prayer, but does its best to make the game miserable for the favorite.

The award is named for Jimmy McGintey, the head coach of the fictional professional football team the Washington Sentinels in the motion picture The Replacements.

Coach McGintey, portrayed by Gene Hackman, guides his team of replacements during a fictional professional football players' strike, which was real in 1987.

The replacements faced the end as the Dallas team crossed the picket line to keep the Sentinels from earning a playoff spot.

Coach McGintey summed it up by declaring that since his replacements had no tomorrow, they were "very dangerous people."

You, of course, know the replacements won the game.

In this slideshow is a list of five early season games during which the underdogs are, in my opinion, dangerous. 

I cite as sources a) my memory, b) for the preseason rankings, using that one poll to keep it consistent, and c) way too many stories on the Internet to name to give me ideas for the text.

I'll do this again in week four after the field has had an opportunity to work past the myths of the preseason rankings.

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