Underdogs Getting their Day


Saturday 24th September will be remembered by every motorsport fan for the night when the sports most respected and likeable character finally won his second world title. Greg Hancock was not a favourite for the title at the beginning of the season but the oldest rider in the field came through to lift the title 14 years after his last victory.
Hancock’s victory also marks a big milestone for the small Speedway nation of the USA.
Similarly all cycling fans will remember Sunday 25th September as the day the Great Britain road racing team got their day in the sun. Marc Cavendish’s victory whilst not a complete surprise given his reputation in the sprint was still not a fancied rider for the title as Team Great Britain had only 8 riders. Due to the UCI’s qualification system the top nations of France, Germany, Spain and Italy had 9 making it harder for the British boys to control the race for the manx missle.
In our own sport too the weekend did give the less fancied or tipped teams their limelight. In the EIHL the Fife Flyers picked up their first ever point with a road shootout loss to Hull Stringrays.
Meanwhile the first weekend of the EPL season through up some perhaps unlikely results. The Telford Tigers beating preseason favourites Guildford and Bracknell Bees beating Slough Jets.
Many excuses, reasons and theories can be given as to why these have occured. For example where Guildford a bit rusty in their first league game, had Hull had a bad game, and Bracknell were facing a Slough team that had come of a poor preseason.
Whether these results are just underdogs having their day or whether it is a sign of things to come will not be clear yet. But it is hard not to enjoy an upset as long as it isn’t against your team that is.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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