DonRocks Posted December 10, 2016 Share Posted December 10, 2016 Screw it, I'll do it: May 2, 2016 - "Explaining the Leicester City Story to Americans" by Tom Geoghegan on bbc.com The odds against Leicester City (pronounced Lester City) being champions of the English Premier League in the summer of 2015 (before the 2015-2016 season began) were 5000-1, so if you had bet $200, you would have walked away with $1 million, assuming the betting company didn't go bankrupt. A lot of people are saying that this is the most significant upset in the history of team sports, globally - I've read this in numerous places, and not just by Englishmen. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated makes the analogy that a comparable thing in American sports would be if an AA minor-league baseball team (keep in mind, AA is a step down from AAA in the minor leagues - the Bowie Baysox are a AA team), made their way - magically - to the major leagues, played a 162-game season, then won all their playoffs, and then won the World Series. --- As an interesting side note, American sports leagues - with their salary caps, and drafts favoring losing teams - are Socialist in nature, whereas the English Premier League - with no such bottom-loaded favoritism - is 100% Laissez-Faire Capitalism. That's not a political statement; it's a simple fact. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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