Kenny Rice – “UPSETS, UPSTARTS, DYNASTIES FROM COURT TO CAGE”

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We like the surprises, maybe need them to keep it interesting.

Did you have both UAB and Georgia State pulling first round upsets in the NCAA Tournament? Congrats if you did, but the vast majority didn’t. They provided the upsets that put the madness in the month making college basketball a sure fire ratings getter. So big it’s now spread across four networks.

Did you pick Rafael Dos Anjos to dominate Anthony Pettis and take his UFC belt? Again, props to those few who did. Not as big as Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva, or T.J. Dillashaw over Renan Barao in scope of upsets, but a large surprise no doubt.

From the court to the cage the upsets drive the interest, ratcheting up the entertainment value.

Remember when Wichita State, Gonzaga and Butler were the upsetters? Those upstart programs are now annual top 25 or better teams that bear watching.

To have success at lesser levels then grow into bona fide contenders with the elite is another quality that intrigues us, gives that rooting interest; a relatable familiarity of exceeding expectations we all experience in our personal and professional lives.

MMA fans have seen every UFC champ rise through the ranks from Benson Henderson out of the MFC and WEC, Frankie Edgar in Reality Figting and Ring of Combat, Cain Velasquez out of Strikeforce and Bodog, and Robbie Lawler from out of the UFC to a slew of organizations and back to the top.

Pick a fighter of note in the UFC, they started somewhere. Their version of the Missouri Valley or West Coast Conference.

Then there are the dynasties, so dominate they become synonomous with the sport and create–because of their greatness-a polarizing fan base of those who love them or watch to see them fall. Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina on the court, Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones in the cage.

Just like out of the nowhere stories to success, the consistent stars are a must as well. It’s good to know there are things to count on amidst the stunners that pop up.

Sports has them all not limited to the court or cage and always fun to watch.

-Kenny

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