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It’s Hard Not To Love An Underdog

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The world of sports almost saw a magical ending for one of the teams of the “little guys” this season. While Duke had thousands of fans cheering for him in the final game of the NCAA for the championship, there were more people hoping that Butler, the under dog team would be the one to win. After all, Duke has experienced this more than once before. They are a popular and huge school with a high powered athletic department and a million dollar coach. Undoubtedly, the school has a very effective recruitment program that attracts top athletes to their college and stack up a good team as they wish so.

On the other hand, in a much smaller school located in a small town in the Midwest, a group of exceptionally talented young men gathered together under a young coach. Brad Stevens is just 34 years old, gave up his marketing job to volunteer as a coach with the Butler University basketball team. There was an opening in the school’s program for head coach three years ago and Brad was awarded this position. His salary is around $400,000. It is a decent amount of money you receive for doing your passion, but it is just a drop in the bucket if you compare it to what the big boys do make.

The combination of good judgment and physical talents of Coach Stevens and his team led to their selection to participate in the NCAA tournament but also to win every game they have played right up to the play-offs with Duke University. They did more than just play in the game. They played with all their hearts and remained with Duke right up to the last seconds and until the final play. The team lost to the Goliaths by only 2 points. What is certain is that Duke has excellent athletes and fans who are happy for their win.

Yet it would be more exciting if the team who was an underdog won the trophy instead. In these troubled times, a magical ending like that could have lifted the spirits and hopes of several people.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in Warm Up Jackets and Basketball Jerseys.