Putting a great upset in context

16-seed UMBC beating No. 1 Virginia was one hell of an upset, but naturally everyone tries to make it even bigger or more significant than it is. UMBC deserves a ton of credit. It was an amazing upset. But can we stop with all the “Miracle on Ice” and Buster Douglas comparisons?

A win by a 16-seed was inevitable. I’m frankly shocked it took this long.

Nobody gave UMBC a chance, and I love seeing them enjoy their moment in the sun. But our tendency to try to rank every great achievement sometimes gets to be ridiculous.

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