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Sports have taught us to believe in miracles, so we fall for unbelievable tales

Originally Published: January 24, 2013
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

WE LOVE THE STORY. Oh, how we love the story. We love the comeback story and the redemption story and the underdog story. Cyclist overcomes cancer to become the best ever, starts a half-billion-dollar charity and does it all clean? Yes, please. Humble, soft-spoken linebacker leads Notre Dame to undefeated regular season while heartbroken by the death of his grandmother and the girlfriend he calls "the love of his life"? Oh, lord -- we'd better take two.

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