Now, had the Yankees prevailed, public perception might have pushed the Cards to the front. But since Detroit was given little chance at the start of the year, and based on how they finished 19-31, I don't think as many would be as surprised to see STL win here.
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I had the Pats in that game. Maybe it's cause I was young and stupid at that point, like 15 years old, and I also have a tendancy to think the teams I want to win are going to but you looked at it and, yeah, they were huge underdogs but what really convinced me was when they got introduced as a team before the game. I was just like, wow, they're gonna win, period.
As for upsets, if you're gonna have a discussion you have to include the 1980 miracle on ice. That was the biggest upset by a mile. Remember the Soviets had beaten the US team by 8 or 9 or something like that earlier that season.
Leyland said, "We thought we were getting a hell of a player, but Neifi simply did not perform well."
The Patriots of the '02 Super Bowl. Easily. I remember I lost a bet with a friend who had the cajones to roll the dice on the Pats for $300. The Rams really weren't the same after that Super Bowl. From '99-'01, they sported an offense that most coaches, reporters, and commentators touted as unstoppable, "The Greatest Show on Turf", where they had co-MVP-type players in Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk leading the way. Stupid Rams defense. I reckon they were taking it easy on the Pats' drive that led to the Vinatieri game-winning FG, thinking the Pats would be conservative enough to take the game to OT. In relative comparison with the Patriots of '01, the Cards most definitely have a shot to take the Series.
But if we're taking into account of all the upsets in history, the king of all upsets had to be the 1980 Miracle on Ice. As a Loyola Marymount grad, I have to believe that the 1989 Elite Eight run, on the same year that Hank Gathers past away in, if LMU got past UNLV to get into the Final Four, take the last two games to capture the National title, that would've been the greatest feel-good story and greatest Cinderella story in the history of sports.