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    导出博客文章LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Chaminades 77-72 victory over Ralph Sampson and top-ranked
    Virginia in 1982 is widely considered the biggest upset in college basketball
    history, among the greatest in any sport.Unlike todays world of 24-hour sports
    networks, social media and smartphones, the game was played in relative
    obscurity.Fewer than 4,000 fans, officials, media and team members were inside
    Blaisdell Center that day. For those who were there, the memory of what happened
    on Dec. 23, 1982, left the kind of indelible mark that comes with witnessing
    history.Three of those people -- Silverswords point guard Mark Rodrigues,
    Washington Post sports writer Michael Wilbon and public address announcer Chuck
    Williams -- recall the events surrounding that game.---Rodrigues: The year
    before when we played them, we didnt get beaten too badly, so we were pretty
    confident, had a bit of cockiness. Everyone is a little bit cocky and we had the
    mentality that we could beat anyone.Few outside the team gave them much of a
    shot.Williams: It was really only the die-hard fans there because we probably
    should have been 40-point underdogs to Virginia. It was going to be a
    smash.---But the Silverswords had an advantage.Virginia was coming from Tokyo,
    where it beat Utah and Houston despite Sampson missing both games. He was still
    sick when the Cavaliers arrived in Hawaii.Wilbon: I was staying in the same
    Hyatt Regency as Virginia. Ralph was on my floor and with those circle towers,
    theres not much space between rooms and I could hear Ralph coughing and
    wheezing. I didnt think Ralph was going to play and there was opportunity for
    some drama.Wilbon already had a bit of drama while covering Maryland at the
    Aloha Bowl.Terps defensive back Bobby Gunderman fell and broke his arm on the
    way to the airport, then somehow ended up flying to Caracas, where he was
    detained for being a suspected drug dealer. Maryland receiver Mike Lewis also
    nearly drowned while swimming off Waikiki Beach.Wilbon: My boss, George Solomon,
    said `Youve already written too many pieces, take the night off. I said, Im not
    taking the night off. How many chances to see the No. 1 team play in an exotic
    situation, a different situation, Ralph Sampson already three-time player of the
    year? There was no way I was going to miss that.Wise decision.---Inside the
    locker room at Blaisdell, Silverswords coach Merv Lopes turned off the lights so
    the players could meditate, then went down the line.Williams: He says to Mark
    Wells: Mark, is this guy faster than you? No. Can he shoot better than you? No,
    coach. He goes all the way down the line to Tony Randolph who was going against
    Ralph Sampson, looked at him and said, `What can I say? Everyone got a laugh out
    of that.Rodrigues: The point is theyre only as good as you allow them to be. One
    of the things he always said was, if they take 40 steps, you take 41. He didnt
    say anything else but lets go give the people something to see.They did.----The
    Silverswords were the aggressors from the start, scoring six of the games first
    eight points. They swarmed Sampson whenever he touched the ball and had a game
    plan for getting him away from the basket on defense -- one that started with
    Randolph shooting jumpers over a team manager holding a broomstick at
    practice.Williams: In locker room, Merv said to Tony Randolph, you need to go
    out there and hit 15-foot jump shots to get that monster of a player out away
    from the basket. Tony hit five or six shots in a row from medium range and
    brought Ralph out, which opened things up for the other guys. That was the real
    key. If he was throwing bricks up there, 1 for 7 of something like that, Ralph
    would just plant himself underneath.---Chaminade continued to go at the
    Cavaliers and the game was tied 43-all at halftime, prompting a call from Wilbon
    to his desk.Wilbon: I said are you guys listening to this on the radio? If this
    stays close, save me some space, dont put the paper to bed. They said
    OK.Rodrigues: At that point, it just gave us more confidence.When Virginia
    scored the first seven points of the second half, it appeared the game would
    turn quickly. But the Silverswords answered with a 7-0 run of their own.Then
    Rodrigues found 6-foot guard Tim Dunham, who soared over the 7-foot-4 Sampson
    for an alley-oop dunk.Rodrigues: People said from that point on, you could see
    it on Virginias face that they knew they were in for a serious
    challenge.Williams: Sampson is running down the floor shaking his head, like hes
    saying I dont believe that. Timmy just went up, up, up ... slam! As Im
    announcing, I see this thing unfolding and as the ball goes through, Im saying
    Ti-iiiim Dunham!---Chaminade led by two with a minute left and Virginia had
    three chances to tie, missing all three. Virginias Othell Wilson was then called
    for a carrying violation and the Silverswords closed out the improbable victory
    by hitting three free throws.Wilbon: People were in disbelief. It wasnt like
    today. I dont remember people rushing the floor. It might have been chaotic
    then, but not by todays standards. You had the biggest upset in the history of
    college basketball and no one quite knew what to do.Williams: Richard Haenisch,
    I dont know he did it, he ended up sitting on the rim with a basketball in his
    hand. The celebration was crazy.Rodrigues: We went into the locker room and the
    fans were calling for us to come back. We came back out on the court, sat there
    for a while, celebrated and talked.---After the game, Wilbon waited to get
    Virginia coach Terry Holland before calling his desk.Wilbon: It must have been
    the local AP reporter who said: `Coach, is this the greatest upset of all-time?
    I remember almost looking down because this question is going to get us one and
    done. Hes going to answer angrily and walk off. And I remember there was no
    sound coming out and Terry Holland was shaking his head affirmatively, saying
    something to the effect of I think it is. I was like `Oh my god, oh my god,
    called the paper and asked are you guys listening. They were like, `Yeah, but we
    put the paper to bed. Ive never been angrier in my life, professionally because
    they put it to bed and the next morning there was nothing in my paper.Rodrigues:
    We didnt really realize how big it was until the next day. Thats when AP was
    calling, everyones sports department was calling, it was getting on CNN news,
    the local news and then you realize what really happened.Williams: They couldnt
    even pronounce the name of the school. They kept calling it, Chami-NADE, like
    lemonade.---The shockwaves of the upset took a while to reach the mainland, but
    continue to resonate today.Williams: It put Chaminade on the map, a little
    school 2,500 miles from the nearest land in the middle of the Pacific
    Ocean.Rodrigues: They wanted to change the name of the school to Saint
    Louis-Honolulu, to have a more recognizable name in the title. They changed
    their mind after that game.Wilbon: Every day I get further away from it, I
    realize its the greatest upset in history. Can you imagine Kentucky losing to an
    NAIA school? The whole thing was surreal. It wasnt the game that was surreal, it
    was the surroundings of it. It was just not possible for it to happen.---More AP
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    . PAUL, Minn. When Jay Rood, vice president of race and
    sports for MGM, was reviewing his books odds to win the Super Bowl on Sunday
    afternoon, he seriously considered making the Dallas Cowboys the favorites --
    even ahead of the New England Patriots.Rood stopped just short, trimming the
    Cowboys odds to win the Super Bowl from 4-1 to 11-5, after their 27-17 win over
    the Baltimore Ravens. The Patriots are 9-5 at the MGM.Theyre pretty
    neck-and-neck with the Patriots, if not a little bit better, Rood said of the
    9-1 Cowboys, who are close to even money to win the NFC. Theyve won nine in a
    row and are looking really solid. Its apparent theyre the favorites for
    home-field advantage [in the NFC].The MGM sportsbook now has Dallas listed at
    6-5 to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Dallas began the season at 8-1 to
    win the conference, behind five other teams.The Cowboys have traditionally been
    a popular public team to bet, but with quarterback Tony Romo going down with a
    back injury in preseason, bettors shied away. As of Sunday at the MGM, five
    teams had attracted more bets to win the Super Bowl than the Cowboys.(In fact,
    more Super Bowl bets have been placed on the Green Bay Packers than on any other
    team at the MGM and Westgate SuperBook. The Packers fell to 4-6 on the season
    after a 42-24 loss at Washington on Sunday night, Green Bays fourth loss in a
    row).With rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel
    Elliott shining, the betting public has begun to gravitate toward the Cowboys in
    recent weeks, though.It took [the public] a while to get on them, but they have
    the last three weeks, Jason Simbal of sportsbook operator CG Technology said.
    The most telling thing was last week, when theyre playing Pittsburgh in
    Pittsburgh, one of the major public teams, and we needed the Steelers.But not
    everyone was on board the Cowboys bandwagon this week, when they hosted Ravens
    as 7-point favorites. Earlier in the week, Dallas had been a 7.5- and even
    8-point favorite over the Ravens at the MGM. Respected bettors thought that was
    too many points.The Ravens were a big wiseguy play, Rood said.Other shops werent
    as lucky and were overwhelmed by public money on the Cowboys, who were one of
    nine favorites to cover the spread Sunday. All three favorites in the late
    afternoon kickoffs -- the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and the Patriots --
    covered the spread, turning what had been a decent morning for the house into a
    losing day for some shops.Not a good afternoon, Simbal said. In our three
    biggest decisions of the entire day, just on straight bets, not even on parlays,
    we needed the Eagles, we needed the Rams and we needed the
    Niners.ddddddddddddAnd we lost all of them. Losing day for us.The Patriots, per
    usual, delivered the largest blow of the day for the Westgate SuperBook. Twice
    as much money was bet on New England as was bet on the underdog San Francisco
    49ers at the Westgate. New England, which closed as a 12-point favorite, beat
    the 49ers 30-17.For an afternoon NFL kickoff, that was as much money as weve
    written on game like that in a long time, Ed Salmons, assistant manager at the
    SuperBook, said.The New York Giants were one of the most popular picks on parlay
    cards at the MGM. The Giants, who were seven-point favorites over the Chicago
    Bears, won 22-16. Giants kicker Robbie Gould missed two extra points.Boxing
    fight deals six-figure blowAndre Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev on a controversial
    unanimous decision Saturday night to win three light heavyweight world title
    belts. Ward, the favorite, winning by decision was the worst-case scenario for
    the MGM sportsbook. It cost the book a small six-figure loss, Rood said.It also
    delivered a blow to William Hills Nevada sportsbook, which took a $150,000 bet
    on Ward at -140 odds on Oct. 24. The bet netted $107,142.85.College football
    odds & ends-- Alabama opened as an 18.5-point favorite over the Auburn
    Tigers on Sunday at CG Technology. In the first 15 minutes, the line moved to
    Alabama -20, after a respected customer placed a $2,000 limit bet on the Crimson
    Tide. The only other early bet on Iron Bowl as of 6 p.m. PT was a $20 wager on
    Auburn.-- Ohio State opened as a 7-point favorite Michigan on Sunday at CG
    Technology. The first bet the book took was a $2,000 limit play on the
    Wolverines, which dropped the line to Buckeyes -6.5. The Westgate SuperBook also
    opened Ohio State -7 and attracted some early action on the Wolverines.--
    Colorado improved to 10-1 against the spread this season with Saturdays 38-24
    win over Washington State. Temple is also 10-1 ATS, the two best ATS records in
    the nation. Arizona has the worst ATS record at 1-10.-- William Hills Nevada
    sportsbook took four money-line bets on Texas to beat heavy underdog Kansas
    straight-up. None were very big, but one bettor did place $120 on the Longhorns
    to win at -2,400 odds. The bet would have netted $5. William Hill took 11
    money-line bets on the Jayhawks at +1,200, the largest a $50 poke that netted
    $600.-- The Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas posted an early line on the
    SEC championship game between Alabama and Florida. The Crimson Tide opened as
    20-point favorites. ' ' '