This year the Philadelphia Eagles lost their starting QB to injury. With a backup QB they won their division and made it to their second Super Bowl appearance ever. As a demonstrative underdog to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots, they won their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Washington Capitals after benching their Vezina Trophy winning Goaltender, won their division with their backup Goaltender. After trailing (0-2) in the First Round of the Playoffs, starring elimination in the face, they went back to their starting Goaltender, and never looked back. They won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Croatia the small Balkan nation, after defeating football (soccer) power house England, has reached its first World Cup Final in its 28-year history as post-Yugoslavia Croatia. Their previous best finish was third place in the 1998 World Cup, where they lost to France in the Semi-Final. Fast forward 20 years later, France and Croatia meet again, this time in the Final. Croatia will look to continue a year of firsts, a year of the underdog in sports.
The World Cup Final is Sunday, July 15th.