It’s one of the most stolidly adhered-to rules in fiction: The ragtag underdog team that everyone expects to lose will totally win.  We’ve seen it with the Bad News Bears, The Mighty Ducks and a scrappy young fighter named Balboa, and we’ll likely see it again and again.  When it comes to imaginary competition, we truly want to believe that sufficient heart will win the day over money, training or superior strategy, even if it seems counterintuitive, with seemingly the only subversion being Charlie Brown’s baseball team.  Whether you love the idea or hate it, you have to agree Kevin James winning an MMA fight in ‘Here Comes The Boom’ was ridiculously, leading to today’s David-And-Goliath query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would vote for Daniel LaRusso, had he not broken the clearly stated “No Face Contact” rules of the tournament with his crane kick, asking: Which underdog story is the best of them all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Hoosiers. A bunch of farmer’s sons from no-where-ville start firing on all pistons win the state championship. One of my favorites.

  2. That time the Cleveland Indians won the division from the Yankees, despite having a rag-tag team of misfits, including Willie Hayes, Ricky Vaughn, Pedro Cerrano and Roger Dorn, amongst other.

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