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ONE OF the very best film quotes of all time comes from Maxwell Scott on the finish of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and it goes one thing like this: “When the legend turns into reality, print the legend.”

If solely we may. Two of the very best sports activities tales I’ve ever heard, sadly, are unfaithful.

One concerned Rickey Henderson, who, as a Met, performed with John Olerud, a primary baseman who famously wore his helmet within the subject as a result of, as a university participant, he’d suffered a mind aneurism. A number of years later, Rickey wound up in Seattle, the place Olerud was once more his teammate. Rickey noticed Olerud put on his helmet onto the sphere.

“Hey!” Rickey is claimed to have mentioned, “I used to play with a dude in New York who did that!”

Sadly, that turned out to be apocryphal, as Olerud confirmed just a few years in the past on the New York Baseball Author’s dinner.

However, man, you positive need that to be true.

The opposite one? On Aug. 13, 1919, the nice thoroughbred Man O’ Struggle misplaced for the one time in his 21-race profession, to a horse named “Upset,” and thus was one of many best phrases within the historical past of sports activities created.

Rickey Henderson of the New York Mets leads off the base during a game. Henderson played for the New York Mets from 1999-2000.
Rickey Henderson of the New York Mets leads off the bottom throughout a sport. Henderson performed for the New York Mets from 1999-2000.
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Man O' War, prize winning race horse, poses with his jockey.
Man O’ Struggle, prize-winning race horse, poses together with his jockey.
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That is really partly true: Upset did defeat Man O’ Struggle at Saratoga Race Observe within the Samford Memorial — aided, by all accounts, by a beginning barrier that price Man O’ Struggle a few strides early within the race.

However the phrase “upset” as we all know it really dates to the 1870s. Upset didn’t invent the upset, he merely honored his identify by beating Huge Pink that day.

As Charlie Brown may say: “Sigh.”

Nonetheless, what Upset did to Man O’ Struggle turned one thing of a template, due to all of the issues we take pleasure in about sports activities, seeing a legit, real upset stays the head.

This isn’t fairly so true when you occur to root for the crew that’s victimized by an upset.

Whereas most of America went to mattress Friday night time composing odes and sonnets dedicated to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, we will assume that the 40,000 or so college students enrolled at Purdue or the 575,000 residing Purdue alumni noticed that 63-58 FDU win considerably in a different way.

Fairleigh Dickinson Knights guard Joe Munden Jr. celebrates defeating the Purdue Boilermakers at Nationwide Arena.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights guard Joe Munden Jr. celebrates defeating the Purdue Boilermakers at Nationwide Area.
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This, in fact, is the time of 12 months once we are inclined to rejoice upsets, most of all as a result of the NCAA Match is an ideal incubator for such issues. The cruel fact is that over the lengthy haul, nice groups nearly at all times beat the little man on this occasion. We get some close to misses, however the reality is, earlier than FDU, 16 seeds have been 1-150 all-time within the NCAA Match.

Fifteen seeds aren’t fairly as uncommon, however it nonetheless shakes the world when a Princeton knocks off an Arizona, because the Tigers did Thursday, and it particularly leaves a loud echo when a crew like Saint Peter’s does what it did last year, profitable thrice earlier than working out of steam towards North Carolina 40 minutes from the Ultimate 4.

You simply don’t see these sorts of upsets in school soccer, although each on occasion, you’ll see an Appalachian State knock off a Michigan. Even then, App State was a two-time champ in FCS and Michigan was certain for a pedestrian 9-4 season.

The primary upset that resonated for me was again in 1982 when Chaminade College of Hawaii one way or the other beat Ralph Sampson and Virginia within the common season. It helped that my highschool shared the identical identify.

(Although the faculty’s nickname, the Silverswords, is far cooler than Flyers.)

Saint Peter's Jaylen Murray, left, and Latrell Reid celebrate after their team won a college basketball game against Purdue in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament on March 25, 2022.
Saint Peter’s Jaylen Murray, left, and Latrell Reid rejoice after their crew received a university basketball sport towards Purdue within the Candy 16 spherical of the NCAA match on March 25, 2022.

It’s exhausting to contemplate something that occurs in professional sports activities an upset as a result of, as Buck Showalter and a thousand managers earlier than him prefer to level out, “The opposite guys are getting paid, too.” The ’69 Mets are about as shut as you may get to qualification.

The exception to that rule needs to be Buster Douglas who, it’s true, was going to be paid for combating Mike Tyson in Tokyo on Feb. 11, 1990, it doesn’t matter what occurred, however it additionally appeared conceivable that Tyson may blast Douglas again to Kingdom Come. So the upset wasn’t simply that Douglas made it out of the ring in a single piece, however he really beat the Baddest Man on the Planet.

Possibly we must always’ve began a marketing campaign then to name all such future surprises “Busters.”