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Possibly the Greatest Underdog Story in All Sports History - Unfolding Right Now?

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Galant, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. Galant

    Galant Well-Known Member

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    Even if you're not a soccer fan, this story is worth a read - because it's unfolding right now and is the story about how a very poor, badly performing team, with little money, has turned itself around in a single season to be top of the highest league in England, if not the world, and is now in position to win it all.

    Chances are, if you don't follow soccer, and in particular the English Premier League, you won't have heard about this. You need to set that straight now, because sports history is being made.

    I won't pour out the details myself, there's a good article from the BBC that does it excellently.

    Suffice to say, there's a little team in England called Leicester. They were previously something like a AAA baseball team in soccer terms.
    Now imagine if a AAA franchise could play up into AA and then Major League.
    Imagine also that the league didn't have a cap on spending and that that team was going up against richer, more historically dominant teams who, in some cases, cost more than 15 times (15x) the money to put together.
    Imagine that since the new format league was put together in 1992 only 5 teams have ever won the title.
    Imagine that Leicester is a 132 year old franchise.
    Now imagine that this team has managed, in a single season, to have played it's heart out and is now poised to win the World Series - not just by a fluke, but by dominating the league. That's Leicester this year.

    Read the article. You owe it to yourself as a sports fan to know about this - and to know about it as it unfolds right now, before your eyes. There's only one team within range of beating Leicester, but they would need Leicester to implode and seal their own fate. Leicester hold their fate in their own hands right now. Quite possibly the biggest turn around in all sports history, is about to happen.

    Explaining the Leicester City story
     
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    It really is an amazing story.
     
  3. Paul 13

    Paul 13 Chaotic Neutral Staff Member

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    Thanks for starting the thread. I agree. If they can pull it off, it really is the stuff of legends. I'm having a hard time drawing comparisons to any other sport. Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson? If the Jamaican bobsled team actually won a medal. The 1980 US hockey team beating the Soviets. Villanova beating Georgetown in the 1985 National Championship. The St Louis Rams winning the Super Bowl with Kurt Warner back in 2000 over the Titans.

    Leicester (pronounced Lester) City were "this" close to being relegated last season.. had to go on a run of games and then continued it into this season. To finish top four of the league would have been miraculous. To win the league? It's mind boggling.
     
  4. Galant

    Galant Well-Known Member

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    They've done it! The 5000-1 long shot has won the English Premier League for the first time in their club's history, and upset the entire league!

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    Galant Well-Known Member

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    [video=twitter;727246117004398593]https://twitter.com/JJWatt/status/727246117004398593[/video]
     
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    Galant Well-Known Member

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    Aqua4Ever04 Write Travis Write Club Member

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    I authored a Facebook post the other day about who should play which roles in the Hollywood movie they will certainly make.

    Leicester has completed the most improbable championship in the history of sports winning the English Premier League today. With that in mind, we need to start filling out the cast for the Leicester Hollywood movie that will surely be made. My votes:

    Jaime Vardy - Elijah Wood
    Riyhad Marez - Aziz Ansari
    Wes Morgan - Djimon Hounsou
    Casper Schmeichel - Barry Pepper
    Claudio Ranieri - Christopher Waltz
     
  8. Aqua4Ever04

    Aqua4Ever04 Write Travis Write Club Member

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    They had to win three of their final four to stay up last year. And Ranieri said before the season that if the team could achieve 40 points and avoid relegation, it would be a success. They've doubled that point total and seen the emergence of four first 11 (all pro's on their roster.)

    A few years ago, Jaime Vardy was playing for 30 pounds a game in a non FA sanctioned league. Wes Morgan is the team's 30 year old captain and this is just his second top flight season of his career. Vardy was a golden boot contender (most goals,) Morgan a first teamer, then there's Riyad Mahrez who won the player or the year award. I don't really know what to say about Kante other than he's been the best mid fielder in the EPL. Most tackles and 90 some created chances.

    All of these guys saw their transfer fees go from below a couple million bucks to potentially 9 figures.




    I can't wait to see them in Europe next year.
     
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  9. mnfinfan

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    Well they aren't letting themselves down in Europe so far this year, but need to capture that form back in the PL!
     

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