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Blind Runners Defy the Odds at the Chicago Marathon

But before the elites sprint by, my favorite underdogs rule the street. The first people to start the race are physically handicapped and blind. They get a good head start so they can spread out and not be overwhelmed by the hordes of other runners. 45,000 people run this race each year.

The Biggest Upset in Boxing History: Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson

On February 11th, 1990, James “Buster” Douglas pulled off the most stunning upset in the history of boxing. Video Transcript Eric Thomas: It was just like a little boxing match….

By Tyler O'Shea

From the Backyard to ESPN: Lessons Learned from Hosting the World’s Largest Spikeball Tournament

This article originally appeared on dancalamai.com. You could say I enjoy obscure sports. At the family bar-b-que, you’ll find me outside taking a friendly game of croquet way too seriously.  In college,…

By Dan Calamai

The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Former Blue-Chip Prospect Michael Porter Jr.

There are few high school prospects as critically acclaimed as Michael Porter Jr. was just three years ago. The 6-foot-10, 220 pound small forward exploded onto the high school scene…

By Johnny Peterson

How 36-Year-Old Frank Gore Outlasted The Doubters & Defined Longevity

“It helps my mindset,” Gore said. “Even though I try not to care or pay attention, I often hear that, ‘Oh, he can’t do this because he’s old.’ Well, I’m training and thinking about that, and it makes me go that much harder.”

By Henry Duncan
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Kendrick Nunn’s Rocky Road From Disgraced Star to Undrafted Rookie Sensation

Kendrick Nunn might have had one of the rockiest roads to the League in this class of rookies. And if you haven’t heard of him, we don’t blame you.

By Johnny Peterson
Dec 19, 2019

Full Circle: Ryan Tannehill’s Long & Winding Road to Becoming the (Future?) QB in Tennessee

“Control what you can control and make the best of whichever situation you’re in.” That’s what 31-year-old quarterback Ryan Tannehill told Rich Eisen was the biggest lesson he’s learned in…

By Tyler O'Shea
Dec 16, 2019

Fall of a Titan: The Warriors Are the New Underdogs of the NBA

Just as quickly as they rose to dominance in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors have found themselves at the bottom of the heap after a dismal start to the…

By Johnny Peterson
Nov 11, 2019

2-Star Recruits Who Made it to The NFL

The NFL is home to the best football players on the planet. We can all agree on that. But for some, it wasn’t always that way. In fact, there are…

By Tyler O'Shea
Oct 28, 2019

Markelle Fultz Is the Underdog of the 2020 NBA Season

As with anything else in life, it’s all about the odds. If you played on your varsity team in high school, you are sitting at about a 0.03% chance of…

By Johnny Peterson
Oct 24, 2019

NBA’s Top Superstars Join Two Former Underdog Franchises in a Battle of Los Angeles

If you’ve been following the NBA, you’ll know that the real drama happens during the offseason. Especially in the last 5 years. No one cares about the regular season, and…

By Johnny Peterson
Oct 08, 2019

NFL Preview: The Quintessential Football Underdog, Teams That’ll Beat the Odds, and More

In the immortal words of one of the gritty heroes referenced in this piece once said: “An underdog is a hungry dog.”  With football season fast approaching, I asked our…

By Charlie Salek
Aug 28, 2019

Liverpool’s Dramatic 4-3 Comeback Victory Over Barcelona

The Champions League is a unique competition, and remarkable things are prone to happen in it. Following Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat against Barcelona at the Camp Nou; Reds fans knew they…

By James H
Jul 22, 2019

Mike Yastrzemski is Not Here Because of His Name

If you are reading this and are a millennial who just started following baseball, or know very little about the Boston Red Sox history, you probably do not know the…

By Henry Duncan
Jul 15, 2019

Francis Ngannou: From Poverty & Homelessness to the Most Intimidating Fighter in the UFC

Seven years ago, Francis Ngannou was homeless and didn’t know what MMA was. Today, he’s one of the most intimidating fighters in the UFC.

By Tyler O'Shea
Jul 03, 2019
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