Underdogs In Sports
By: Cade Hagan
Taken from "Goal The Dream Begins" by Edward Douglas
He was raised in the poorest part of LA. He was an illegal from Mexico. He played for a local club with players from a car wash. They played on Sundays at the same place. There happened to be a former scout from a big club in England there watching his son. And Santiago caught his attention. He was sent to England. At first they would'nt give him a try. But then put him on a lower team. But eventually being the best on the first team. He kept going.
After getting into a private school when he was homeless by a coach seeing him play football in the streets. A mother at the school saw that he was homeless and legally adopted him. After playing weak and timid in the football program. He made himself think that his team was his family. So he let no one touch them and became a star football player. His family helped him train day and night eventually going to the family's school University of Mississippi. And then getting into the NFL. He has played for the Titans, Ravens (super bowl champions) and the Panthers.
Taken from "Michael Oher" by biography.com
Miracle On Ice
Here is how a hockey team of scrub college players won the Olympics. First, the coach held many tryouts. Bringing college rivalries together. Next, the coach Herb Brooks grabbed the fastest, hardworking, and unselfish players there (not the best). Because no one could compete with Europe's skill. Then, the Herb had practice for a long time every day. He tested them physically and mentally. Like no others have experienced. At last the Olympics came they were down 2-1 with 27 seconds left vs Sweden. But all the sudden BANG Baker ties it up. And the game ends. Then bringing them to the next game crushing the Czech 7-3 and the Germans 4-1. By their dedication. Finally, the semis came vs the best team in the world the Soviet Union. They were down off a bad call from the ref 2-0. But the U.S score in the last second with their teamwork. Prior to that the next period they scored right away from a hard long shot. The place was going crazy for the Americans. Near the end of the game Johnson goes solo all the way and score. On February 8, 1970 the U.S made a miracle. In the end the swept the gold medal from Sweden 4-2.
Taken From "College kids perform Olympic miracle"
By Kevin Allen
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, Notre Dame's Famous Walk-On: The True Story
By Dan Scofield