Saturday, January 8, 2011

Never Overlook the Underdogs

I have been a football fan my entire life. Every Sunday in the fall was dedicated to the sport in the Kingsbury house, and it has continued on throughout my adult life as well. My team did not make the playoffs this year, they were plighted with injuries, bad luck and a mid season coach firing. Being a Denver Bronco fan has made me a fan of the underdog.

Today was the day of the underdog in the post season football games. The Seattle Seahawks came out a little weak and found themselves down by 10 points, twice. But Pete Carroll and his quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, turned the game around and beat the defending Superbowl champions, the New Orleans Saints. Seattle came into the playoffs with the worst record a team has ever had in the post season and were and 11 point underdog on the books.

Mark Sanchez came into todays game with a shoulder injury and a 3 point disadvantage in the odds. He was also going up against one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, Peyton Manning. In the last 3 minutes of the game, the Jets, with a one point lead, gave the ball to Manning. He moved the ball down the field and put the Colts in position for the 50 yard field goal that put them ahead by two. With less the a minute left, the Jets took the ball right down the field where kicker Nick Folk scored the winning points.

Often in life people underestimate the underdog. It is human nature to feel complacent when you are holding the advantage. It is also human nature to fight even harder when you are down. That is where the two underdog teams had the advantage today, they wanted it more. I love rooting for the underdog, the win is so much more rewarding when it is fought with passion.