Reason 45: The underdog prevails
Odds are against them. There’s no way they are going to defeat the favorite. This is a David versus Goliath fight. That is what is faced with the team in the matchup that is not favored to win, or also considered the “underdog.” No one is going to forget the run that the Memphis Grizzlies made in these past NBA playoffs. All fans, except if your team is the favorite, love seeing the little guy rise to the top and beat the “perennial powerhouse.” There is excitement all around, with the players and the fans when upsets occur. Whether it is just a single game, or a whole series of games, it creates buzz within the sport and it is something to talk about at the water cooler at work. In 2001, the Philadelphia 76ers ran through the Eastern Conference bracket and shocked the world in defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers had two dominating superstars, and the 76ers had little Allen Iverson. But this team, led by “The Answer,” beat the Lakers in LA and created some stir around the League and fans throughout the world. Every year there will be 1 versus 8 and 2 versus 7 matchups to root for the underdog. I know I’ll be cheering for David when that time comes.