The Greatest Moments in Sports - Upsets and Underdogs with CD

The Greatest Moments in Sports - Upsets and Underdogs with CD

by Len Berman

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Everyone loves an underdog - and now you can experience and share the greatest upsets in sports history with The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs! This book plus audio CD is all about "the little guy," the athlete or team that seemingly has no chance. Any yet somehow they emerge victorious. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Greatest Moments in Sports comes this collection unlike any other. Through photos, facts, and thrilling stories, you'll uncover the greatest upsets the sports world has ever seen.

Why do so many people love underdogs? Probably because we've all felt like an underdog at some time or another. And discovering the stories behind the most unlikely heroes is sure to inspire the champion in you!

Hear the actual broadcasts:

•Buster Douglas knocks out undefeated Mike Tyson
•A dairy farmer defeats the "Russian Bear" in wrestling
•Injured Kerri Strug sticks a perfect vault landing
•and many more on an exclusive audio CD

Plus discover the amazing stories behind some of the most inspiring upsets ever:

•Doug Flutie throws the most famous pass in college football history
•Billy Mills becomes the only American to win gold at the 10, 000 meters
•Jim Abbott, the one-armed pitcher, throws a no-hitter
•University of Texas-El Paso upsets Kentucky to win the NCAA Basketball Championship
•and many, many more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402272264
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,208,785
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Len Berman hosts the popular Spanning the World segments on NBC's Today show. He is a former sports anchor at WNBC New York/ He has won eight local Emmy Awards and has been voted New York Sportscaster of the Year six times. His daily Top 5 email is featured in The Huffington Post and is received by thousands around the country.

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In sports, everybody roots for the underdog. They want to see the athlete or the team with no chance overcome long odds to emerge victorious. This isn't something new. It goes back thousands of years. It's right there in the Bible. Was the first upset David versus Goliath? It might have been. A small boy with a slingshot slew a mighty giant. And now, all these centuries later, when an underdog takes the field against a mighty opponent, it's still referred to as David versus Goliath.

That's what this book is all about-the little guy, the underdog, the team with no shot pulling a major upset against all odds. In fact, one story is about a horse named Upset. Upset pulled off one of the greatest upsets in horse-racing history—so great that some people mistakenly think his name is where the term upset comes from.

If the underdogs are not Davids, they might be Cinderellas. You know the story. Cinderella is treated poorly by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Thanks to her fairy godmother, she winds up at a beautiful ball but has to get home before midnight, when the spell will be broken. Stories of sports teams that far exceed expectations are often referred to as Cinderella stories. Their fans hope they can become champions before midnight strikes and the magic wears off.

In the following pages, you will read story after story of Davids and Cinderellas. Many of them read like fairy tales. And that's the best part about these events. They are not made-up Hollywood movies, although some of these stories served as the source of inspiration for great sports films. They are all true amazing stories of upsets and underdogs.

How amazing? Several of them are described using the word miracle. There's the "Miracle on Ice," the "Miracle of Coogan's Bluff," the "Miracle Mets"-and that's just for starters. Yup, many of these upsets are considered miraculous.

Maybe you feel like an underdog-either in sports or otherwise. Perhaps you think you won't be able to succeed. Well, don't give up. After reading this book, you just might believe that anything is possible.

And if you find yourself rooting for the underdog, you are not alone. Everyone does.

I'd love to know which is your favorite chapter. You can email me at and let me know why. I look forward to hearing from you.

Table of Contents

The Guarantee
The Miracle on the Mat
The Miracle Mets
42 to 1 Odds
The Miracle on Ice
One Golden Moment
Nearly Perfect
March Madness
"I Am the Greatest"
"The Giants Win the Pennant"
Billy Who?
What Happened Off the Air
Jim Abbott
The Magnificent Seven
The Band of No-Hopers
Los Pequeños Gigantes
Texas Western
Little Big Man
The Female Jackie Robinson
Ride 'Em, Cowboys
The Great American Race
Michael Chang
Jason McElwain

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"It's dark horse stories like these that make The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs such an engrossing, gratifying read. I know it's what kept me glued to my TV during the London Olympics this summer and what will get me watching the World Series beginning October 24, 2012. Gear up now by getting this book!" - Good Reads with Ronna

"He [Berman] puts his sportscaster past to good use with lively writing and exciting photographs that place readers right in the middle of the action. " - School Library Journal

"The energetic narrative reads like an ESPN broadcast, establishing the necessary background to understand the overwhelming odds against success, then providing a dramatic description of the amazing victories. Well designed with plenty of photographs and boxed related information, this will attract sports fans and reluctant readers. " - Booklist Online

" All these and many more give insights, and new awareness to classic sports moments. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. " - Harvey Frommer

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Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs with CD 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
adayley More than 1 year ago
If there were negative stars I would give this book the most allowed. A new yourk times best selling author and an Emmy Award winning sportscaster that has covered every major sport? Yet he doesn't know Boise State is the Broncos not the Cowboys?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Boise State COWBOYS????