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.