The only time I bet on sports was during Super Bowl 42. The Patriots were undefeated the entire season and it was a HUGE long shot for the Giants to win. Well, guess what? My $5 on New York won me a cool $24. I felt like quite the baller. Here are some of the biggest long shot odds in sports history.
Giphy The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals
Odds: 999-1 to win the World Series
There were 15 games left to play in the 2011 MLB season. St. Louis was 4.5 games behind the Braves for the National League wild card spot. Vegas set the odds for St. Louis to win it all at 999 to 1. The Cardinals went 11-4, made the playoffs and beat the Texas Rangers to win the World Series.
Giphy The 1999 St. Louis Rams
Odds: 300-1 to win the Super Bowl
The 90s were a tough time to be a Rams fan. In 1999, before week 1 of the NFL season, the Rams saw their recent QB signing, Trent Green, suffer a season-ending injury. Vegas set pre-season odds at 300 to 1 for St. Louis to win the Super Bowl. The Rams beat the Titans, 23–16, at Super Bowl XXXIV.
Giphy Gold Medal Olympic Wrestling Match (2000)
Odds: 2,000-1 for Rulon Gardner to win gold.
Rulon Gardner was an American amateur wrestler who faced the sport’s all-time great Alexander Karelin from Russia. Karelin began the match with a 13-year unbeaten record in international competition. Gardner beat Karelin to win gold at the Olympics.
Giphy Standford vs USC, NCAA College Football (2007)
Point Spread: +41 for Standford
What some NCAA fans call
“The Greatest Upset Ever,” Stanford beat USC in the final minute of play. A sophomore QB named Tavita Pritchard connected with Mark Bradford for a 10-yard touchdown pass to win the game 24–23. Not bad for Pritchard’s first career start.
Giphy Appalachian State vs Michigan, NCAA College Football (2007)
Point Spread: +33 for Appalachian State
Michigan entered the season ranked fifth in the NCAA and Appalachian State was a Division 1-AA team. To put that into perspective, no Division 1-AA team had beaten a Division 1-A team like Michigan. The final score? 34-32 Appalachian State.
Giphy The Kentucky Derby (2009)
Odds: 50-1 for Mine That Bird to win
Bought for $9.5K this horse, with average racing bloodlines, earned over $2.5M. Out of the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby the horse was roughly eight lengths behind the rest of the pack.
Mine That Bird pulled away to win by 6 3⁄4 lengths, the longest victory margin in 60+ years.
Giphy Buster Douglas vs Mike Tyson
Odds: 42-1 for Douglas to win
This was a fight with “Iron” Mike Tyson at the peak of his prime. This was a 37-0 with 33 knockouts Mike Tyson. Buster Douglas was almost 7 years older than Tyson at the time and had four more losses than Mike. Buster rallied after an 8th round knockdown to end the reign of “Iron” Mike Tyson with a 10th round knockout.
Giphy The 2015 Premier League
Odds: 5,000-1 for Leicester to win the 2015 Premier League
In a year that saw Premier League favourites Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea finish 5th, 8th, and 10th respectively, Leicester went on to capture their first Premier League title.
Giphy New York vs Baltimore, Super Bowl III
Point Spread: +18 for New York
This was the Joe Namath guarantee game. This was the third time the AFL/NFL Championship game was played and the first time it was dubbed the Super Bowl. Confusing as its also know as Super Bowl III. The New York Jets beat the Baltimore Colts with a final score of 16-7.
Giphy Gold Medal Olympic Hockey (1980)
Odds: 1,000 to 1
The Miracle On Ice game. The Soviet Union, who had won the gold medal five of the past six Olympics, took on a United States team made up of college players with little to no professional experience. The final score was 4-3 for the US.
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