What's the greatest sports upset in your mind?

It's an Orioles off day, which means you really should spend a good chunk of the morning and afternoon in an air-conditioned bar.

And if you need a recommendation, I have a suggestion.


The Orioles lost the sweep in Toronto, but you had to figure if they were losing one in the series it would be Sunday. Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay wasn't his dominating self, so the Orioles had a legitimate chance at getting out the brooms.

Honestly, this is such a tough road trip that if the Orioles win five of nine it would be considered a success. And they are 4-2 heading into a three-game set in Boston. So one win against the Red Sox and the Orioles should feel good heading home.


Sad weekend for a lot of Marylanders and sports fans throughout the world with the passing of sportscaster Jim McKay, (who incidentally got his start at The Sun as a cops reporter). He truly was one of the best broadcasters ever. Kudos and free frosty root beers this week to Martha (One a day, Martha. Stay within yourself.) for her sweet and timely tribute to McKay on Saturday.

The other big news this weekend was Big Brown's defeat at the hooves of Da' Tara in the Belmont. Talk about an amazing turn of events. Big Brown becomes the first Triple Crown hopeful ever to finish last in the Belmont. And Da' Tara wins as a 38-1 long shot.

Where does this one fit in historic sports upsets? I say pretty dang high.

My buddy, King of Sun blogs, Roch Kubatko, suggested that we knock around the greatest upsets of all time. And I am here to oblige.

There are plenty to choose from: Amazin' Mets in 1969; Joe Namath's Jets over the Colts in Super Bowl III, the New York Giants over the undefeated Pats last season, Lyle Lovett marrying Julia Roberts.

OK, let's keep it to sports.

Since I didn't witness the Jets' or Mets' wins, I have to go with something I watched. For pure drama, it's tough to top the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey win over the USSR. And Villanova's defeat of mighty Georgetown in 1985 was pretty cool.

But for me - as far as pure upsets are concerned -- nothing was greater than the TV telecast from Tokyo on Feb. 11, 1990. I was in college, and we decided to meet at my buddy's apartment to watch the unbeatable Mike Tyson crush another tomato can before we met our girlfriends at a party. We figured it would take 10 minutes -- tops.


Tyson was 37-0 and had just won his last bout in 93 seconds. And he was fighting some chump named Buster Douglas. Only one Vegas casino would take action on the fight, and Tyson was a 42-1 favorite. By the fourth round we had run out of beer, but no one budged. That, in itself, was an upset for a bunch of college guys.

When Douglas knocked down Tyson -- the first time he had ever hit the canvas -- in the 10th, we went nuts. We all knew we were watching sports history, which made it easier to deal with our girlfriends, who were incensed that we were so late.

We all took verbal beatings that night, but it was worth it.

My top three -- unless you change my mind -- 1. Douglas. 2. 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey gold. 3. Namath's Jets.

Daily Think Special: What do you think is the all-time greatest sports upset. If you want, give us your top three in order.