The 7 Greatest Upsets In All Of Sports History

The 7 Greatest Upsets In All Of Sports History

Throughout all of sports history, there have been some amazing, colossal upsets from baseball, to boxing, to golf. Here’s the seven biggest upsets of all time.

2009 PGA Championship

Back in 2009, Tiger Woods was still considered an unstoppable force on the golf course. Woods came into the 2009 PGA Championship final round with the lead, something he hasn’t dropped in his last 14 tries. This time would be a different result, as Y.E. Yang of South Korea took this one, from the world’s greatest golfer. Initially, golf fans were expecting to see history. This was going to be Tiger’s 15th major, which would have made it highly possible for him to pass Jack Nicklaus’s 18, by the end of the next year. This week never looked like anything, but wire to wire Tiger. But, at the 18, he missed the green left after Yang stuck that gutsy, memorable hybrid shot close. Woods made a bad chip and missed an irrelevant par putt. Yang, meanwhile, did what Tiger usually does; finished strong. Yang had just about everyone in the world betting against him, and came out the other side surprising and upsetting everyone, not just Woods. Perhaps one of the biggest underdog stories that golf has ever seen, and will ever see for some time to come.



Super Bowl XLII

IMAGE 2 FOR 7 GREAT UPSETSOne of the biggest underdogs in Super Bowl history, the New York Giants made some history of their own in Super Bowl 42, upsetting the previously undefeated New England Patriots, with a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the clincher with 35 seconds left in the game. The victory capped an improbable run of 11 straight road victories by the Giants, including four straight in the playoffs. The game is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports.


1990: Douglas VS Tyson

In 1990, Mike Tyson was still one of the most dangerous fighters in the ring, and in his last fight, before meeting Douglas, he knocked out his opponent in 93 seconds. Douglas was a 42-1 underdog, but he punished Tyson’s left eye, leaving him all but blind. In the tenth round, Douglas knocked out Tyson with a flurry of punches to the head.




Super Bowl III

The Baltimore Colts were the overwhelming favorite for Super Bowl III in 1969, but Jets quarterback Joe Namath felt differently. Going into the game, Namath announced that his team would win the matchup. Nobody believed him. The Jets were from the inferior AFL. The Colts were from the big, bad NFL. Namath made good on his promise as the Jets took the game, 16-7, and expedited the AFL/NFL merger.

UFC 70

Coming into UFC 70, many were pretty sure Gabrielle Gonzaga was going to get his world rocked by the beast of a fighter that was Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. In a shocking result, Gonzaga took him out with his own signature move, which was a high kick; one that he planted right onto Filipovic’s head. It was one of the biggest shocks in UFC history, which eventually opened the door for Gonzaga to get bigger matches, including an eventual title shot.


1969 World Series

The Orioles led Game 5 of the ’69 World Series 3-0, when Mets manager Gil Hodges proved that a pitch thrown by Baltimore’s Dave McNally had hit Cleon Jones, in the foot. Hodges showed the umpire that there was shoe polish on the ball. Donn Clendenon, pictured left, followed with a crucial two-run home run in the Mets’ 5-3 victory that clinched the Series. The World Series win earned the team the sobriquet “Miracle Mets,” as they had risen from the depths of mediocrity.


2004 World Series

The Boston Red Sox had not won a World Series since 1918 – until 2004. They swept the Anaheim Angels after entering the postseason as the AL Wild Card, setting themselves up for a rematch with their AL East rivals New York Yankees. Down 3-0 in the series, the Red Sox fought back and ended up taking the series 4-3 from the Bombers. Boston crushed the Yankees in Game 7, in Yankee Stadium, to close out the series. The Red Sox finished their run by winning the World Series, over the St. Louis Cardinals. On October 27, 2004, the Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, finally vanquishing the so-called “Curse of the Bambino” that had plagued them for 86 years.



If life itself is unpredictable, the world of sports is doubly so. If this list proves anything, it’s that one of the things that draws us to a game is the fact that anything is possible, no matter the odds.