Leicester City are Premier League champions. The club that was dead last at one point last season and had a stated goal of just avoiding relegation this season are the best team in all of England.
As everyone has heard by now, Leicester were 5,000:1 underdogs to win the title before the season. Those are long odds. But how long are they really? After all, everything is relative.
Let's take a look at the longest odds for a title winner before:
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- 1980 USA men's Olympic hockey team - 1,000:1
- 1969 New York Mets - 1,000:1
- 2013 Auburn football - 1,000:1
- 1985 Villanova men's basketball - 800:1
- 1987 Minnesota Twins - 500:1
- 1999 St Louis Rams - 300:1
- 2004 Greece European Championships - 150:1
- 1992 Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson - 42:1
It's not so much that Leicester are the biggest underdogs to win the Premier League, or any sports title - it's that there isn't anyone else close.
Leicester are the most unlikely champions in the history of sports by a mile. You can try to put the Foxes' improbable into context, but context requires a relative. Nothing is relative to this. It's unprecedented. It's unfathomable.
For those of you looking to get in on "The Next Leicester," newly-promoted Burnley have been installed as 5,000:1 underdogs to win next year's Premier League title.
That is if you don't have the matches to light your money on fire.
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