In US sports, there’s no comparison with Leicester’s impossible dream
Sporting parity is celebrated in America which means Leicesters rag-to-riches tale has no true parallel, although Kurt Warners 1999 Rams perhaps come closest
To set 5,000 -1 in perspective, consider the company it maintained. On English oddsmaker William Hills lineup this past August, Leicester City wins the Premier League was deemed to fall at roughly the same statistical opportunities as 😛 TAGEND
1. Christmas being the warmest day of the year in the UK.
2. Kim Kardashian becoming US president in 2020.
3. The Loch Ness Monster discovered existing.
4. Elvis discovered still breathing.
In short, it was patently absurd, fun money, a silly 10 quid for a laugh.
Look whos laughing now.
Hickory High? The Charlestown Chiefs? The best American options dance in the land of fiction, the stuff of screenplays. For a nation that adores comeback narratives, feeds rags-to-riches narratives like so many buffalo wings, a union that clutches the sporting underdog into its collective bosom as tightly as any other, US sport suffers for a real-life parallel to match Premier League champs Leicester City, the 5,000 -1 shooting that won it all.
Buster Douglas: 42 -1. The 2001 New England Patriots: 50 -1. The 1987 Minnesota Twins: 500 -1. Imagine the Double-A Drillers of Tulsa, Oklahoma population as of 2014: 399,682; Leicesters was 330,000 in 2011 being promoted to the Major Leagues two springtimes ago, then somehow winning the 2015 World Series. Its like that. Sort of.
The Foxes prevailed over months , not weeks. In terms of shock, the Miracle On Ice US Olympic hockey team of 1980 perhaps comes the closest. And yet the odds of the Stars& Stripes winning gold among a stacked Lake Placid field that winter was 1,000 -to-1, a Hail Mary five times more likely to land than the bomb the East Midlands simply fell on the rest of the footballing world. Also: Herb Brooks crew were seeded seventh out of the 12 nations in the pool; Leicester, having dismissed successful and media-wary director Nigel Pearson over the summer and replaced him with the out-of-left-field Claudio Ranieri, whod only recently been sacked from the Greek national squad, were among the odds-on favourite for relegation, a apparently sure-fire victim of the Prems burgeoning second-season syndrome. After all, it had taken a miracle seven wins over their last nine contests in the spring of 2015, The Greatest Escape to stay up; and footballing miracles, like comets, come around only so often.
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