Friday, April 29, 2016

Go Foxes!

They can clinch it tomorrow, though it will take a fine performance.

Meanwhile, America has finally taken notice: The Most Shocking Championship in the History of Professional Sports

The Premier League has no salary cap, no draft, and no help for the little guy. At the beginning of the 2015 season, you could get 30-to-1 odds on a Royals title. For Leicester City, those odds were 5,000 to 1. If it wins the title, it may be the most unlikely successful single event bookies have ever taken bets on. The English bookmakers William Hill will also take bets at 5,000 to 1 on Elvis being found alive, Kim Kardashian winning the presidency in 2020, and Barack Obama playing cricket for the English national team.

I've only seen a few of their games. It's entertaining, though a bit hard to watch.

Defenders, midfielders, and forwards stay close together and defend as a 10-man unit, forcing opponents to navigate three lines of players in quick succession if they want to get to goal. That compactness helps Leicester press and funnel the opposition wide

Who knows what will happen in the future, but one thing is sure: enjoy this great story for the time being.

This is the greatest underdog story in modern sports history. The barriers to entry were significantly lower when the English club Nottingham Forest won promotion, the title, and the European Cup in three consecutive seasons from 1976–79. Rulon Gardner and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team both pulled off amazing upsets, but those were one-shot deals. They didn’t outlast their opponents in a best-of-38 series.

Go Foxes!

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