Leicester City Champions

Who won the 2016 Barclay’s Premier League? It was Manchester United, not Chelsea, and not Manchester City either. The champions were little ole Leicester City. Yes, Leicester City finished in first place in arguably the world’s best football league. In just 2014, they were in England’s second tier league called the English Champions League! They were lucky not to be relegated after the 2015 season, finishing near the bottom of the table. But at 5000-1 odds at the beginning of the 2016 season, Leicester City are champions. I believe this is the greatest accomplishment in sports history. Americans do not even realize this. This would be like the Texas Legends from the NBA Development League winning the NBA finals over the likes of the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The worst odds for an NBA team coming into this year’s season, were the Philadelphia 76ers who had 360-1 odds of winning the finals, and yes, they did finish in last place…Leicester City was 5000-1 odds!!! There are better odds of Christmas Day being the hottest day in the calendar year. Regardless, Jamie Vardy and the other Leicester City players came together to make the impossible a possibility. Do you believe in miracles?

-Jake Goldberg


Author: sportswille

Reformed ad agency guy. Sac Kings, PGA Tour, Pebble Beach, Aspen yielded fascination with sports business. Now teach at my alma mater, University of Texas Austin: Integrated Marketing, Social Media, Business and Law and Sports Audiences. 40 year streak of single digit handicap under severe pressure.

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