Think of the greatest long shots in sports history, and some specific moments come to mind. Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson 1990. Tiny Chaminade toppling No. 1 Virginia on a college basketball court in 1982. The U.S men’s soccer team taking down England at the 1950 World Cup.
The greatness of those moments can’t be denied. That being said, in the world of sports, those are one-shot moments. On that one day, an athlete or team seized an opportunity. Now, the moments almost exist in a vacuum.
But just like anything else, there are levels to this, and there are long shots that go above and beyond that one day or that one game. That means championships — both for teams and individuals. That means some of the greatest one-game upsets in the history of sports, sure, but they also were part of something bigger.
And when we find those moments that tap into that, it’s special. And it becomes part of our ongoing conversation about the very reasons we love sports.
These are the greatest long shots in sports history.