For the Love of the Underdog

By February 7, 2018lifestyle

I’m a sucker for a good underdog story, especially when it comes to sports! And with the 2018 Winter Olympics upon us, cable has been airing tons of great sports movies.  From Seabiscuit, Miracle, Rocky, Rocky Balboa and Creed, to Hoosiers, Rudy and Invincible, I have a hard time looking away.  Why? Because who doesn’t love seeing the little guy/gal, or in Seabiscuit’s case, little horse, kick butt and take names?  But it’s never easy for them, as life in general is never easy, and who can’t relate to that? To this day, I still tear up at the original Rocky training scene, and don’t even get me started on the theme music. Win or lose, real or fictional, I find these stories extremely inspiring

Athletes (including horses) who play/perform for the sheer love of their sport will always be the most interesting and exciting to me. Let’s take my man, pro-golfer Phil Michelson.  I think he’s brilliant, while being very human.  Just yesterday he was playing great golf and in the mix at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Then he did a very “Phil-like” thing.  He hit a wayward shot and double bogeyed  the last hole.  I’m sure he was mad at himself, but that screw up is what I find so relatable! I know he’ll win again (fingers crossed for this year’s Masters), and when he does, it’ll be that much sweeter!

When I think about some of my own underdog moments, my high school tennis team and horse racing days come to mind.  Two memories stand out from the tennis team:  (1) when I hit my doubles partner in the head while serving, and (2) losing a quarterfinals match 0-6, 0-6. The former still makes me laugh and with the latter, I couldn’t wait to get off the court, but it was cool playing someone at a skill level miles beyond mine. No doubt I improved because of it…yeah….. let’s go with that.  Either way, I had fun and learned to not take myself too seriously. Anywho, I believe underdog stories are really about living life, not just playing a sport.

If you haven’t seen some of the movies I mentioned, check them out, especially Miracle since it’s about the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team and their true-life miracle on ice. Can’t wait to see the stories the Olympics bring this year.  Go TEAM USA!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sports movies scenes, Mr. Rocky Balboa dishing a bit of sage advice to his son.