I don’t know what it is, but I love pulling for the underdog. Doesn’t really matter the sport or the team (except for when it’s against Florida State…let’s not get crazy here), but I love seeing an underdog pull out a win. Maybe it’s because one of my first football memories is watching a Florida vs. Florida State game in 1994, known as the “Choke at Doak.”
Let me paint the picture for you. FSU is down 31-3 after 3 quarters of football. The game is basically over to everyone watching and to Florida…but not for FSU. They went on to score 28 points in 15 minutes and the game ended in a tie. It’s known as the greatest comeback in the FSU/FU series and it tied for largest 4th quarter comeback in NCAA history. Neither team was really an underdog, they both entered the game with 9-1 records, but after 3 quarters Florida was definitely favored to say the least. FSU coming back in that game sold me on FSU for life.
And now, as I just watched Michigan St. comeback and beat Georgia in the Outback Bowl as the underdog it’s got me thinking. Why do we have this thing within us that likes to see the underdog win. Why do we want to see the little guy succeed?
I wonder if somewhere within we resonate with the underdog. I wonder if we see ourselves as underdogs in life. Because no matter what we do, life always comes at us. We lose loved ones, people get sick, we lose our jobs, get in car accidents, etc… Maybe you feel like the odds are stacked against you, maybe you feel like life is almost out to get you, maybe you’ve been getting beaten up all this past year.
There is this kind of cliche line that says “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.” Despite how cheesy that may or may not be, there’s all kinds of truth there. I can’t help but feel like if we are going to overcome the odds, if we are going to “win” at life, it’s going to come down to how we respond to life.
For me, it comes down to whether or not you have hope. Without hope, why would you respond well to life? But, with hope, you have the viewpoint that life will get better. That there is something coming in the future that will make today’s pain and struggle and disappointments seem not so daunting.
I’m really grateful for the hope that I have.
What brings you hope?