Douglas-Tyson among 10 best upsets ever
February, 11, 2013
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Tsugufumi MatsumotoBuster Douglas' shocking 10-round win over Mike Tyson still resonates 23 years later.
Monday marks the 23rd anniversary of Buster Douglas' thunderous, stunning win over the vastly favored Mike Tyson in Tokyo. And although it was a match of many myths, one thing's for certain: It was one of sports' greatest upsets.
Here's a look at, arguably, the 10 best across all sports:
NFL: NEW YORK GIANTS BEAT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (Feb. 3, 2008)
The Patriots entered the game 18-0 and were 12-point favorites against the Giants. But New York QB Eli Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for a touchdown with 39 seconds left to win it.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APPALACHIAN STATE BEATS MICHIGAN (Sept. 1, 2007)
In front of more than 109,000 fans at the Big House, the fifth-ranked Wolverines lost 34-32 in its opener against Appalachian State, a team that entered the game as a 27-point underdog.
OLYMPICS: RULON GARDNER BEATS ALEXANDER KARELIN (Sept. 27, 2000)
Karelin had never lost in 15 years of international competition. He had won three consecutive gold medals and seven consecutive world titles. Then Gardner shocked the world.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: HARVARD BEATS STANFORD (March 14, 1998)
Only one time has a No. 16 seed ever beaten a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. This was it. Harvard beat Stanford 71-67 in a game that was an eye-opener for some and a “no way” moment for others.
BOXING: BUSTER DOUGLAS BEATS MIKE TYSON (Feb. 11, 1990)
In Japan, Tyson -- a fighter who was considered nearly invincible -- was a 42-1 favorite over underdog Douglas. But Douglas dominated most of the fight and won in 10 rounds.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: CHAMINADE BEATS VIRGINIA (Dec. 23, 1982)
The Silverswords beat Virginia, the No. 1 team in the country led by player of the year Ralph Sampson, 77-72 in Honolulu. At the time, Chaminade was an NAIA school with 800 students.
OLYMPICS: TEAM USA BEATS TEAM USSR (Feb. 22, 1980)
This was the “Do You Believe in Miracles?” game, as the Soviets had won the previous four gold medals. But Team USA showed no fear and Mike Eruzione provided the game-winning goal.
NFL: NEW YORK JETS BEAT BALTIMORE COLTS (Jan. 12, 1969)
Joe Namath’s guarantee that the Jets would beat the heavily favored Colts came to fruition as the Jets jumped out to a 16-0 lead and held on as Namath famously wagged his finger running off the field.
GOLF: JACK FLECK BEATS BEN HOGAN (1955 U.S. OPEN)
Fleck was down 9 strokes after Day 1, but in the 1955 U.S. Open, he came back against one of the greatest golfers ever to win in a playoff, denying Hogan a fifth straight title in the tournament.
SOCCER: TEAM USA BEATS ENGLAND (June 25, 1950)
The U.S. was a 500-1 long shot to beat England, and England was 3-1 to win the World Cup. But the Americans stunned the world as Joe Gaetjens scored the only goal about 10 minutes before halftime.