IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-21-19)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
Upsets happen in sports all the time, but a major upset is the exception to the rule. A superior team on paper loses to a team of lesser talent and ability. Or in individual sports, the underdog gets the win. Why can a physically outmatched team or individual pull the upset?
Mistakes and mental letdowns can happen with overconfidence. There are other times when teams completely overlook their opponent. That’s when the fault falls on the favored team. However, more times than not, the underdog pulls the upset because they out prepare their opponent and take advantage of every opportunity afforded to them.
This past weekend there was no greater example of a major upset than Illinois (led by quarterback and former Indiana Mr. Football Brian Peters) who was a prohibitive underdog. They upset Wisconsin ranked 6th in the country even though they were a 30 point underdog.
Next time you go into a game being an underdog, think about all the things you can do to give your team the best chance to win. Keep the pressure on the opponent and believe that you will get the job done!
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