Why I Root for the Underdog

Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson
3 min readJul 14, 2018
Photo by Humberto Santos on Unsplash

In light of the 2018 World Cup, it’s safe to say that the realm of sports are full of surprises. If you are not aware or if you haven’t been watching, in this year’s World Cup, Mexico beat Germany in the second largest upset in World Cup History. Elite teams such as Spain and Argentina did not advance to the quarter-finals, which shocked and disappointed fans across the globe. And the unexpected team of Croatia fought tooth and nail to earn their place in the final match as a contender to win the entire tournament. It has truly been a whirlwind of events. But, this is why sports can be so thrilling to watch — The rivalries, the competition, the unexpected moments, the victories.

And the same thing can be said about life.

We live in a world full of competition — Full of people trying to make it, people trying to achieve a goal, people trying to pursue their dreams, people trying to come out victorious. And the greatest part about sports and about life is that people will always surprise you. The outcome is never certain.

Sometimes, you never know who will prevail or who will disappoint. Though there are always going to be the crowd favorites and the top contenders, there are also always going to be the underdogs —And those are the ones worth watching.

Take the famous story of David and Goliath, for example — If you are not religious or familiar with biblical references, then this may not be as relevant to you, but allow me to enlighten you regardless.

The story of David and Goliath tells the tale of a boy named David who had all the odds against him. He was confronting a giant amongst men, named Goliath— An adversary who was twice his size and strength. However, despite the seemingly impossible odds, he managed to defeat him with a mere sling and stone.

The moral of this story is that even though the odds were against him, he still came out victorious. Had this story ended differently, everyone would have gone about their business and things would have returned to the status quo, but instead, it inspired many.

And that’s what underdogs usually do for…

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Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson

Writer, Runner, and New Mom. I write about work, relationships, culture, and life in general.