The Sporting Equivalent of Trump’s Upset

Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States. The real estate mogul and reality TV star was elected the 45th president despite being a sizeable +455 underdog when voting began Tuesday morning.

What is the sporting equivalent of Trump’s upset? Here is a look at three of the last major championships and how they compare to the presidential election.

Cubs Win the World Series

The Chicago Cubs ended more than a century of futility by outlasting the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in ten innings of a wild Game 7. The Cubbies rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the team’s first World Series since 1908.

Down 3-1, the Cubs were +330 to win the World Series.

God No Longer Hates Cleveland

LeBron James and the Cavs ended a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland by upending the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Cavs were the first team to rally from a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals. Cleveland’s odds of winning it all were as high as +1450 but following a Game 5 win in which Draymond Green was suspended for Golden State, the Cavs were +425 trailing 3-2 in the series.

Manning Rides Off into the Sunset

Peyton became the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two franchises and the Broncos won the franchise’s third NFL title defeating Carolina 24-10. This game will be remembered for Denver’s suffocating defense that sacked Cam Newton six times and forced four turnovers including a fumble returned for a touchdown.

The Broncos will go down as the best team in the 2015-16 season but before the conference championship games Denver had the worst odds to win the Super Bowl of the four remaining teams.

  • Panthers +203
  • Patriots +208
  • Cardinals +370
  • Broncos +448

The Next Big Upset

The improbable is what makes sports great. “Any given Sunday…” is a cliché in football and the next opportunity for a Trump-like upset comes from the NFL. However, instead of waiting until Sunday look no further than the Ravens-Browns matchup on Thursday night. Cleveland is winless and opened as a +460 underdog on the moneyline.

Baltimore is a big favorite but we know from sports and politics that every dog has its day.

Thursday Night Football: Ravens vs. Browns

There is a Pro System pick for this game that has gone 102-57 (64.2%) ATS, +39.1 units.

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