Cross another item off of my sports bucket list. I lived long enough to see a 16 seed beat a 1 seed in the men’s NCAA hoops tournament.
When I think of the greatest three upsets in American sports history, three events usually come to mind. The United States defeating the Soviets in a medal round game in the 1980 Winter Olympics, Mike Tyson getting knocked out to lose the heavyweight boxing title to Buster Douglas in 1990, and Virginia;s loss to Chaminade in a 1982 college basketball game when Virginia had a dominant team led by Ralph Sampson. Ironically, UMBC’s stunning win replaces Virginia’s loss to Chaminade on that list for me.
It was such a big upset, I missed watching it. That’s how big it was.
Bravo to UMBC. You’ll be part of sports history forever.