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Famous Upsets (mostly sports)

Guess the underdogs who won these famous upsets.
Quiz by Quizmaster
First submittedNovember 7, 2012
Last updatedMarch 3, 2016
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1980 Olympic hockey
United States
Super Bowl III (1969)
Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)
Super Bowl XLII (2008)
1983 March Madness finals
NC State
1985 March Madness finals
1991 March Madness semis
1998 Oscar Best Picture
Private Ryan
in Love
1948 Presidential election
Thomas Dewey
Harry Truman
1919 horse race
Man o' War
1990 boxing match
Mike Tyson
Buster Douglas
1994 NBA playofffs
2004 NBA Finals
2011 NBA finals
2007 college football
Appalachian St.
1969 World Series
2001 World Series
2004 ALCS
Red Sox
The Bible
Battle of Marathon
(490 BC)
level 50
Dec 28, 2012
You should've included Three 6 Mafia for when they won an Oscar.
level 69
Dec 28, 2012
Mavericks vs. Heat was 2011.
level 60
Dec 28, 2012
level 39
Dec 28, 2012
that's awesome. the horse's name was "upset." i'd take those odds
level 4
Dec 28, 2012
With all the respect, wenn you make such a quiz, please use events that are globally know. All these American sport events are not known in the rest of the world, and sorry to say, no one besides the US is interested in, for example, American Football, let alone on college level. Perhaps you should then use only US events, and change the name of the quiz to "Famous Upsets in the USA" In this quiz there are only 5 or 6 "upsets" that are really known around the world...
level 29
Dec 28, 2012
It's an american owned site, where the majority of users are american...
level 34
Jan 4, 2013
I wish there was a "like" button on these comments.
level 73
Jan 30, 2013
Being an American myself, it's a bit difficult to even create a quiz when you don't know anything about Indian Cricket, Austrailian Rugby, Scottish Caber Tossing, or European Football. If you want a non-american sports quiz, create one. If you do, expect to see complaints from your American counterparts.
level 69
Oct 17, 2018
Nobody would complain on this quiz if it was properly titled...
level 67
Dec 13, 2013
I'm European, and I only missed Appalachian state. The others mostly are not that obscure, imho.
level 82
Nov 18, 2014
It's not like it's the first American-centered quiz here. I know next to nothing about American sports (or sports elsewhere for that matter) and I don't keep complaining that there shouldn't be so sports-centered quizzes.
level 67
Jul 8, 2015
I think I'm going to take one of the quizzes about australian rugby or cricket in india. Then, because I know absolutely nothing about them going into said quiz, I'm going to pisss and moan about how unfair the quiz is because I got 0/50.
level 76
Dec 28, 2012
Kudos for bravery --- for including the Michigan/Appalachian State game!
level 41
Dec 28, 2012
level 19
Dec 29, 2012
What about World Cup 2004 with Greece?
level 83
Oct 13, 2014
European Championships, you mean. No World Cup in 2004.
level 71
Jul 19, 2013
I wish I'd taken the odds on David and the Greeks. But one too many "f"s in 1994 NBA playoffs.
level 72
Aug 17, 2013
I think you forgot Billy Mills, who won the 10,000 in the 1964 Olympics.
level 58
Jan 16, 2014
While I guessed USA for 1980 olympics, The Miracle on Ice and all that, it would still have been better to say Ice Hockey, as that's what it is called in the rest of the world. The 1980 Men's Hockey at Moscow was won by India and the wonen's hockey was won by Zimbabwe, which was quite an upset as well.
level 80
Jul 8, 2014
Using your logic, then you better refer to it as Field Hockey. Seriously, do you think that field hockey is better known or more widely popular than ice hockey? Certainly not in the US, which is where this site is based.
level 21
Feb 7, 2015
I thought it was going to be Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield.
level 48
Sep 7, 2015
I got 4/7. Seeing as I'm not American, I'm not counting the (only known in America) American sports questions.
level 72
Dec 28, 2015
only 5 percent got the name of the horse from where we get the term upset to mean a shocking win/defeat?
level 72
Dec 28, 2015
soderling over nadal should be on here...not that many non usa based sporting events on here...was a famous upset...first time nadal had ever lost at the french open
level 17
Mar 3, 2016
The Lakers beat the Celtics in '10. The Mavericks beat the Heat in '11.
level ∞
Mar 3, 2016
level 38
Nov 10, 2016
You should add the 2016 World Series now.
level 54
Dec 8, 2016
I can't believe that only 31% got Buster Douglas over Mike Tyson. I agree it is USA-centric which does make it a bit hard for others like myself, but also a chance to learn stuff. Still not sure how you can call something a World Series when there's only one country participating!
level 30
Jan 10, 2017
Only 31% got buster douglas?! That's absurd!
level 59
Feb 8, 2017
Lol. Loved the biblical upset thrown in there!
level 30
Mar 5, 2017
3 things you absolutely have to add: 1. Warriors losing to Cavs 2. Indians losing to Cubs 3. Leicester City winning the Premier league
level 45
Apr 12, 2017
Except the Greeks didn't defeat the Persians at Thermopylae, they were slaughtered.
level 66
Apr 30, 2017
One I wish was added: West Germany vs Hungary, 1954 World Cup final. After all, the game was named the Miracle of Bern. The Mighty Magyars were unbeaten in the last five years (31 international games!), they had previously beaten West Germany 8-3 in the tournament and were ahead 2-0 after 8 minutes. They ended up losing 2-3.
level 70
Jun 30, 2017
The 2004 Red Sox were an example of an amazing comeback not an upset by an underdog. They were evenly matched.

IMO, the 2 glaring omissions from this list are Chaminade over #1 Virginia in 1982 (basketball) and Leicester City winning the PL in 2016. Leicester's win may actually be THE biggest upset in team sports of all time.

Other all-time great upsets:
1990 Cincinnati Reds sweep the heavily-favored defending champ Oakland A's
1906 Chicago White Sox over Chicago Cubs (Cubs finished 22 1/2 games better)
1950 World Cup Final - Uruguay 2 Brazil 1 in the Maracana.
1950 Cleveland Browns crush 2-time defending champ Philadelphia Eagles in the Browns 1st game in the NFL.
1991 John Daly wins the PGA Championship as an alternate.
1966 Texas Western beats Kentucky with 1st all-black starting line-up to win NCAA championship.
2007 Stanford beats USC in the Coliseum as a 41-point football underdog.
2000 Olympics - Rulon Gardner beats Kerelin.
level 70
Jun 30, 2017
Possibly also 1950 World Cup - USA 1 England 0. (USA was purportedly a 500-1 underdog)
level 66
Sep 30, 2018
I know that some from the USA dislike complaints of parochialism from those of us hailing from the remaining 99.5% of countries in the World, but this quiz really takes the biscuit. If you want to create a quiz about USA sports with a token question or two that people from the rest of the World might know - then FGS put it in the title, then we needn't bother to look at it.
level 68
Oct 10, 2018
The 1919 horse race: is this why we call all these upsets?
level 71
Jan 23, 2019
Shakespeare in Love actually won the 1999 Oscar for Best Picture. The 1998 winner was Titanic.
level 61
May 4, 2019
I would say the 2016 election qualifies for this quiz