Underdog Day – December 16

under dog dayDo you hate it when the interviewer goes after the second place person and asks them how it feels to lose the race?  Do you always cheer for the underdog, the team not expected to win?  Are your favourite movies the one where the underdog prevails?

Today is the day to salute all of the underdogs and unsung heroes.

An underdog is a person or group who is expected to lose. However, sometimes they pull off the unexpected.

Isn’t that what life is like for most of us? 


Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating Underdog Day:

  • Who are the underdogs in your workplace, family or community who could use a little extra encouragement or know that someone is in their corner?  Go out and be their cheerleader.
  • Are you letting your fear of not winning, stopping you from even being a part of the game? 
  • Take a look at the underdogs.  See how they carry themselves in the face of defeat.  Most of the underdogs that we celebrate in our society and in our movies have a few things in common.  They don’t throw in the towel just because they aren’t expected to win.  They give it their all until the very end.  And in the end, they are looking forward to the next opportunity to try again.

When my son was just starting out in hockey, they use to rotate the goalies.  His team was badly beat by one particular team.  On the next re-match, my son was to be the goalie.  He donned his gear and was determined to stop the pucks that came his way. 

In the end, they lost by 10 goals.  I was fully prepared to go into the dressing room and provide my motherly comforting and ‘you’ll get them next time’ speech.  To my great surprise, my son’s first comment, was “Well at least we didn’t lose by 15 like the last time”. 

Improvement is improvement and who knows what the outcome will be the next time….good lesson for all of us.

Some interesting FYI’s

Popular Underdogs who went on to win major upsets:
Mohammad Ali against Sonny Liston and George Foreman
1972 Team Canada vs the Soviets
1980 US hockey team vs the Soviets
Susan Boyle…UK’s Got Talent most unlikely winner

 Who else would you place on this list?

The original meaning of the word “underdog” originated from sawsmen who built ships. Planks of wood called “dogs” were placed over the top of a pit, and two men would have to supervise the placing of these planks. One man would stand on top of the planks, and one man would stand underneath the planks in the dark pit, where he would be covered in sawdust. This poor man was known as the underdog.


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Additional Posts:

May Your Dreams Come True Day

Compliment Your Mirror Day

What You Think Upon Grows Upon You Day

National Be On Purpose Month

New Year’s Resolutions

International Magic Week

Stress Quotes

International Enthusiasm Week

Cranky Co-Worker Day

National Optimism Month



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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies. Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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