Are we watching a modern miracle on ice?
The NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights have been called the greatest underdogs sports story in history.
No one — no fan, nor any expert — expected an expansion team made up of castoffs from other hockey clubs to be competing for the most coveted trophy in the game, the Stanley Cup. Pre-season odds on the Golden Knights winning it all in their first year were as high as 300-1.
So, are the Golden Knights the greatest underdog story in sports history? The answer is probably — yes.
Other notable sports upsets we remember took place within a single game, a playoff series, or perhaps weren’t quite as outlandish as first thought. It’s inconceivable that a new team, including untested players, coaches, and management would rise so quickly to the pinnacle of their sport.
Here’s a short list of the most cited “great upsets” in American sports history. Where do you think the Golden Knights rank? VOTE HERE ON TWITTER.
Some other great sports upsets:
1969 — Baseball’s New York Mets go from worst to first (“Miracle Mets”)
1969 — AFL’s New York Jets upset NFL’s Baltimore Colts as 16-point underdogs.
1980 — USA Olympic Hockey Team (“Miracle on Ice”)
1983 — North Carolina State upsets Houston in college basketball championship
1990 — Buster Douglas stuns “Iron Mike” Tyson and takes Heavyweight Boxing crown
2008 — NY Giants ruin New England Patriots perfect season and win Super Bowl