Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times:
From the opening tip of the season, there was only one question in women’s college basketball: How do you stop Brittney Griner? Louisville found the answer Sunday night, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament. Considered a lock for the Final Four – and prohibitive favorites to win a second straight championship – Griner and her Lady Bears got bounced 82-81 by fifth-seeded Louisville in an NCAA regional semifinal. Baylor (34-2) had won 32 straight games and 74 of 75 behind Griner, among the greatest players ever in her sport. But the 6-foot-8 star didn’t make a basket until the second half, then committed a foul with 2.6 seconds left that gave Louisville a chance to win.
The Lady Bears had been practically invincible for the past four months since losing to Stanford on Nov. 16. Baylor, which went 40-0 last season, had won the next 32 straight games mostly by double digits. It’s no surprise that the Louisville women were a 24-point underdog to Baylor in Las Vegas casinos, according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com. Odds on Louisville to win outright were 75-1, paying $7,500 on a $100 wager, Bell said.
In other words, Baylor wasn’t supposed to lose, but they did. Louisville wasn’t supposed to win, but they did.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re a sports fan or not. The message is universal:
Winners aren’t determined by reputation, statistics, predictions, or any other indicators of what’s “supposed” to happen.
Winners are determined by the actual results that people create.
Are you going to lay down and surrender because nobody ever gave you a fair chance at winning or are you going to fight like hell for the life you deserve?