One thing we all love about sports and single elimination tournaments in general are the upsets. On any given day, any given team can beat anyone. Here are just three of the biggest upsets in recent single elimination tournament memory.
UMBC Makes History
March Madness lived up to its name early in 2018. In the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, 16th seeded UMBC faced off against a 31-2 1st seeded Virginia team. Number 1 seeds were 135-0 all-time in the first round of tournament play. Virginia headed into this match-up as 20.5-point favorites. UMBC chewed the favorites up and spit them out, busting everyone’s brackets. Virginia was held to just 21 first-half points. The second half wasn’t much better as UMBC out scored them by 20 en route to a 74-54 upset win. You shouldn’t feel too bad because, as we know, Virginia would go on to win it all in 2019. However, this is a moment that will live on as one of the greatest upsets we have ever seen.
Eli Manning’s Giants Ruin Perfection
The 2007 New England Patriots plowed through everyone. They looked to become the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to complete a perfect season and the first team to finish 19-0. The Patriots were facing off against a 10-6 New York Giants team who barely slipped into the playoffs as a 5th seed. The Giants had ridden their luck all the way to Phoenix, but no one expected the 18-0 Patriots to lose this one. Thankfully for everyone outside of New England, Eli Manning, David Tyree, Justin Tuck and the gang did the impossible and pulled off the upset 17-14.
Totino’s Shocks the World
This upset still has my head spinning. In the HTM Frozen Pizza Tournament the 8th seeded Totino’s faced off against the powerhouse that is Digiorno. No one expected this to even be close. The consensus was that 1st seeded Digiorno was going to wipe the floor with Totino’s from start to finish. How could the fluffy crusted Digiorno get knocked out by the cracker crusted Totino’s? Little did we know, Totino’s fans are loyal as they come. From the moment the poll opened, Totino’s punched Digiorno in the mouth and took a big lead. Digiorno and their base was able to rally back and get it to within 5 votes. However, in the end, Totino’s deals were too much for Digiorno to overcome and it ended with Totino’s having 51% of the vote and one of the greatest upsets in single elimination tournament history.