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HARTLEY’S HART ATTACK – (Don’t you love upsets?) May 13th, 2022 EDITION 888

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Some years there are upsets in sports and other years there are “gigantic” upsets in sports.

Fans generally love the underdog unless one of the teams they cheer for is in the favourite’s role.

Recently, two upsets in two different sports come to mind that we’re not just eye-popping but “shockers”.

First, there was the biggest upset in WHL history followed a short time later by the second-biggest upset in the long and storied Kentucky Derby.

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The Vancouver Giants barely made the Western Conference playoffs with 53 points, one more than the Victoria Royals, who failed to qualify for the post-season.

The Everett Silvertips finished with 100 points on the nose, good for the top spot in the West, yet the 8th-seeded Giants beat the Silvertips in six games despite the 47-point difference.

The series concluded on Monday, May 2nd.

If you are wondering about the second-biggest upset in league history (based on point spreads) that would be the 1997 Prince George Cougars who knocked off the Portland Winterhawks in six games despite a 36-point spread in the standings.

There was a horse-racing stunner on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Rich Strike, an 80-1 longshot, won the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of the 4-1 favourite Epicenter.

The victory by Rich Strike was the second-biggest upset in the race’s history, paying $163.60 to win.

Only Donerail in 1913 had a higher payout of $184.90.

Going back in time, there are many gigantic upsets that will stand the test of time.

Here are just a few.

In 1990, Buster Douglas was a 42-1 underdog against Mike Tyson, yet it was Douglas who knocked out the heavyweight boxing champion in the 10th round in the Tokyo Dome.

In 1980, there was the Miracle on Ice, as the US National Hockey Team, made up of college students, beat the star-studded Soviet Union 4-3 at the Olympics to advance to the Gold Medal game (which they won 4-2 over Finland). The victory over the Soviets was the basis for a feature film on the winning American team.

In 1982, the LA Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers and the Great Gretzky three games to two in a best-of-five first-round series. The high-scoring Oilers finished with 111 points (48-17-15 record) 48 more than the Kings (24-41-15).

Considering the magnitude of the game and the circumstances around it, the New York Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots is arguably the biggest upset in NFL history.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the Patriots put their perfect 18-0 record on the line.

They were 12-point favourites against the Giants but New York won 17-14 thanks to a late touchdown drive that featured one of the most iconic catches in sports history. David Tyree caught a long pass from Eli Manning by pressing the ball against his helmet.

The beauty of sports is there will be many more memorable upsets to come.

You can bet on that, whether you are given 80-to-1 odds or not.



Tom Brady says he will join FOX Sports as an analyst when he retires. Well, better than him running for the Senate as another unqualified celebrity Republican.

*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California

Phil Mickelson racked up gambling losses of $40 million from 2010 to 2014, according to author Alan Shipnuck in his forthcoming biography of the PGA star. You just know some wiseacre will be screaming “Get out of the hole!” the next time he putts.

*Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times

Phil Mickelson reportedly lost 40 million dollars in gambling debts. Good thing someone named him Lefty—they sure couldn’t call him Lucky.

*Contributor Bill Littlejohn of South Lake Tahoe, California

The new Grambling women’s volleyball coach cut the entire team. Upon hearing this, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said, ‘Wait, you can do that?’

*Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg

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*Western Canadian comedy writer RJ Currie

Hartley Miller is the news and sports director/supervisor plus morning news anchor for 94.3 the GOAT and Country 97fm. He also is the radio color commentator for P.G. Cougars’ home games. Hartley has been on the Prince George airwaves since 1979 and is the author of You Don’t Say (sports quotes).

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