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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.

    What do you think the greatest underdog story of all time?

    At one point, I wondered why people loved an underdog story so much. I have come to the conclusion that it is not just a victory on the traditional sense, but a victory against one’s self. It is in those moments of combat, the innings, quarters, or periods of a game, or rounds in a ring that a person steps against the grain and exudes a personal believe that is then translated into performance. It is often because they were willing to work harder, longer, and with more heart than their opponent. Talent has little to do with it. But great people find a dream and go through struggles which strengthen the will to win, the drive to proceed, and the determination to never surrender. It is only then, that they can find their victory.

    This is why Cinderella Man, James J. Braddock, was able to what many thought was impossible. Until I watched the movie, I had never heard of his story but was truly impressed with what he was able to accomplish. Here is a person, who went from a good life to loosing it all in the great depression only to fight his way out of poverty with sheer determination and hard work. He had to swallow all pride and ask for help, but used that heartache to fuel a fire that not only got his family out of poverty, but resulted in him being the boxing champion of the world. He even had enough character to pay back the public assistance money he was given once he was able.

    What do you think is the best underdog story of history? What struggles did they go through before achieving the victory?
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    Sports Movies
    Cinderella Man was only ranked 4th on this list -The 10 Best Underdog Sports Movies Based on Real Life

    1. Hoosiers
    3. Miracle - 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team

    Naval History
    Story of Taffy 3

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    Cyburbian mgk920's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    The Patriots in the American Revolution - all indications said that the British under Burgoyne should have mopped up at Saratoga, ending the Revolution right then and there, but they lost. Later on, when asked what he credited for the ultimate success of the Revolution, George Washington replied "Divine intervention".

    For more recent sports, I would also legitimately include the 2010 Green Bay Packers - During the pre-season the pundants were expecting them to win it all but 15 major players ultimately go on IR and by November, they in serious danger of missing the playoffs. The team suddenly 'gels' in week 15, losing to the AFC powerhouse New England Patriots by only 4 points at Foxboro (with a back-up starting QB!) and then go on to run the table on the rest of the season, barely making the playoffs as the second wild-card. They then proceed to embarrass all three of their playoff opponents on the road and win the Super Bowl.

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    Cyburbian illinoisplanner's avatar
    May 2005
    Blog entries
    The greatest underdog comeback story in rock and roll history is without a doubt, Aerosmith.

    Aerosmith was notable as a big hard rock act in the mid-late 1970s, with two monster hard rock albums (Toys in the Attic and Rocks), a good string of hit singles, and big stadium concerts. However, in the early 80s, after guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left the band, Aerosmith's success they saw in the mid-late 1970s plummetted. Drug abuse continued heavily, the band's albums started to suck, lead singer Steven Tyler started collapsing on-stage more frequently, and they failed to chart a hit single, with many thinking Aerosmith was down for the count. Basically, only two scenarios were likely: Steven would OD and die and that would be the end of the band, or the band would just slip further and further into obscurity. Joe and Brad re-joined the band in 1984 and they did a successful U.S. tour, but the drug abuse problems were still huge and were affecting the performances greatly. What was intended to be their comeback album, Done with Mirrors (1985) flopped and failed to yield any hit singles, with many saying the album sounded unfinished and like a demo. Steven & Joe got together with Run-DMC for a rap-styled remake of Walk this Way, which became a huge hit in 1986 and renewed some interest in the band. The entire band finally got clean and started working on their next album, which really was make-it-or-break-it for them.

    With many saying they were washed up 70s rockers that were going to end up like Mountain, Foghat, or Ted Nugent, unable to garner mainstream success in the new era of rock, they defied all odds with the album Permanent Vacation (1987) signaling their comeback with U.S. album sales of 5 million copies, and three Top 20 singles...the first time they had charted that high in over a decade. And the hit albums just kept coming, and their success got greater with each album. Pump (1989) yielded three Top 10 singles, U.S. sales of 7 million, three #1 mainstream rock hits, and a Grammy award for the innovative sounds and chilling lyrical content of "Janie's Got a Gun". Then, they appeared on the Simpsons, MTV Unplugged, Saturday Night Live (the iconic "Wayne's World" sketch), and so on and so forth. Even when most other mainstream rock acts began to decline in the face of alternative, grunge and rap, Get a Grip (1993) saw them become even more successful with their longest world tour in history, four Top 40 singles, multiple theatrical award-winning videos, two Grammy awards, People's Choice awards, AMAs, and worldwide sales of 15 million copies, making it their most successful album in history. During this time, the band headlined Woodstock '94 and appeared in the movie Wayne's World 2.

    The rest is history...additional albums, roller coasters, $30-million record deals, Super Bowl halftime shows, Armageddon, Dodge commercials, Guitar Hero, American Idol, the MTV Icon award, and constant touring. Aerosmth may be the only band whose intitial period of success was outshined by their comeback.
    "Life's a journey, not a destination"
    -Steven Tyler

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
    May 2003
    Northwestern Ohio
    This Bear is surprised that no one has mentioned Jesus. This note courtesy of a very non-religious bruin.


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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Emerald Coast

    Habitual Offender

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    Joe Louis beating the Nazi-Backed Max Schmelling. And the odd end to the story in 1981.

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    Cyburbian Zoning Goddess's avatar
    Sep 1999
    400 miles from Orlando
    Rocky Balboa? Does it matter if it's not real?

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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Hang on Sloopy...land
    The People vs. Our Democratic Republic. The outcome has yet to be determined
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