Wednesday Wrap Up: Leicester City Makes History

Leicester City are the Premier League Champs.

Leicester City are the Premier League Champs.

It’s not every year that a cinderella story happens in arguably the worlds most popular professional sports league. Leave it to Leicester City FC for breaking enormous odds two days ago to become premier league champions for the 2015/2016 season. No really- in August the Foxes were 5000-1 odds to win the Premier League title. How can a team that had the 17th highest payroll (out of 20) win the title with a group of so called ragtag players?

Consistency:

Leicester only lost three matches the entire premier league season with a final record of 22W-11D-3L. More importantly they never lost two in a row and never even tied more than two games in a row. What may be most impressive is how they ended the season. In their final 10 games, the foxes went undefeated winning seven games while tying three and a goal differential of +11.

Ok, we get it, Leicester was downright impressive all season- but how incredible really is it that they defied 5000-1 odds?

Lets compare:

  • Philidelphia 76ers (who went 10-72 last year) odds to win the 2016 NBA title: 1000-1
  • Atlanta Braves odds to win 2016 World Series: 1000-1
  • The Miracle on Ice: 1000-1

Just think of it, there is no way anyone in their right minds would pick the 76ers to win the NBA title or the Braves to win the world series with their depleted and young rosters- and they were only 1000-1 odds. The Foxes were supposed to be five times less likely to win the premier league title, but have done so with two games still remaining- incredible stuff. Let’s hope Leicester continues to excite us in next year’s UEFA Champions league.

 

Oh yeah, Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s leading goal score, and friends enjoyed watching Chelsea tie Tottenham to secure the title on Monday night.

 

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