Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 10/27/14
The week-by-week fortunes of a football club or cricket team are normally enough entertainment for fans. But occasionally a sporting contest transcends the ordinary, most notably the comeback, when a team or a person pulls off the impossible. In 1981 the England cricket team faced Australia in the Ashes at Headingly. Ian Botham, in the biggest slump of his career, had just been relieved of the captaincy. Former captain Mike Brearley was brought in to pick up the pieces of the shattered team. England looked certain to lose, but a revitalised Botham batted his team into an unlikely lead with an innings of 149 before Bob Willis claimed eight wickets to win one of the greatest matches in Test history. In an altogether different kind of contest the 1982 World Series of Poker conjured up a remarkable winner who added a well-known phrase to the game’s lexicon. Jack Strauss had moved his chips into the pot during the biggest poker tournament of the year in an attempt to double-up, only to lose the hand. Ready to depart he noticed a single $25 chip remaining. The rest is poker folklore. Strauss turned that “chip and a chair” into the WSOP main [...]
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