I will always be a fan of the underdog. In this scenario the "under-tiger".
This past Thursday night, the women's basketball team of Towson University upset 25th-ranked Maryland (8-2). The Tigers (5-4) made history in front of the largest crowd to watch a women's basketball game at Towson Center, 2,243 in attendance to be exact.
The 67-55 victory was the Tigers first win over a nationally-ranked team. The Terrapins of Maryland were on a five-game winning streak prior to the match-up. I'll save the play-by-play, game-highlights, and statistics to the university's website , that's not the basis of my article.
I just simply love the unexpected in sports as any true sports fan might. I can honestly say, whether I was a Terps fan or not, I would have to give credit where credit is due. I personally don't have a favorite women's college basketball team, I just love the game.
To me, this milestone is not about Thursday nights win itself, it may not even alter the outlook of the rest of either teams season; it's about what it will mean to these girls later on in life. My perspective comes from a "retired" student-athlete's point-of-view. Fortunately, for myself I was able to experience a similar situation.
On a smaller scale, my Division III, women's basketball team, defeated a nationally-ranked team, and we were indeed the "underdog". I will never forget that game, nor the emotion I felt, or pride it instilled.
But today, that win means even more, it shows me in my life any goal is attainable, if your heart and mind are truly in it.