questionsdo you sometimes root for the underdog?

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I feel the same way! I love it when a country like that gets a win, especially when it isn't a sport where the professional athletes go "home" to a country just for the Olympics.

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Sure, it's always a great feeling when an underdog pulls off a win. It makes you realize anything is possible.

The first thing that came to my mind when I read this question was the Jamaican Bobsled team in the '88 winter Olympics. They didn't win, but I was rooting for them just because it seemed so implausible.

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I always loved how Underdog saved Sweet Polly Purebread

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An underdog is a favorite around here, unless it's against a team/athlete that I am more interested in.

EDIT: Isn't that the American way? We were underdogs against the British in the Revolutionary War.

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I most always vote for the underdog because I hate all the cocky a-holes that usually win..... unless they can back it up like Myron Mixon.

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I'm a chronic Mets fan + occasionally a sucker for bets on longshots. It's hard sometimes to root for the favorites.

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As long as I don't have a "dog in the fight" as the old saying goes, I pull for the underdog.

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Yes, I like to root for the underdog. Also if they win, I pretend that I've always rooted for them. If they get popular and/or release merchandise I stop rooting for them because they're sellouts.

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I don't follow sports, but in your example, I'd very much be rooting for these smaller countries. Partly for the reasons you cited, but also partly because I feel badly sometimes that the world powers just go about making rules and drawing lines on maps as if these small countries don't even exist. I grew up living in terror of nuclear war, but I always knew that I was at least going to be on one of the "sides" if it happened. As a kid, fearing nuclear holocaust, I thought about how awful it must be to be a kid in a little country where they wouldn't even have a say in whether the war started, but would be killed just as dead as those who fought. Okay, I was a morbid kid. But that sense of your nation having little control over its destiny must be terrible.

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@moondrake: I grew up during that time, and somewhat felt the same way. Many of the policies of different countries was dictated from the relationship between the "Superpowers."
I guess today is different. Large Corporations can make or break a nation.

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@mkentosh: "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!"