I’m a Cincinnati Reds fan. And I’m a Tennessee Titans Fan. And I root for the UT Vols. Which means I’m always a fan of the underdog.
My team tends to be the one that Vegas says, “Bet against.”
As a Reds fan, I grew up in “The Nasty Boys” era: Norm Charlton, Randy Myers, and Rob Dibble, the three-headed closing pitching monster that did the heavy lifting in the late innings for the Reds in the late 80s/early 90s. Throw in a little offensive power like Erik Davis, Chris Sabo, and Paul O’Neill, and you’ve got a lovable losers team worth rooting for.
Even with all of that, they were the underdog in the 1990 World Series against the A’s. Which made their sweep of the A’s even that much sweeter.
I love rooting for the underdog. The guys that everybody counts on losing. The guys that are counted out before the game begins. The team that nobody gives a chance.
And don’t we all love rooting for the underdog? It’s no secret that our culture loves movies like Remember the Titans, The Bad News Bears, and Rudy. We love shows like The Biggest Loser. Because there’s a part of us that wants the “unlovable” guy to win. That wants the big bully to lose.
But why do we really love the underdog so much?
Because we are the underdog.
In life, we feel like we’re the guy at the bottom.
We are the underdog
- We were the one who was picked on at school.
- We were the one who picked on others because we were insecure in ourselves.
- We were the one whose marriage was doomed to fail.
- We weren’t the one “most likely to succeed.”
- We were the ones that nobody thought would be a good parent.
- We were the ones that almost failed out of shop class.
- We were the ones that never could get the girl.
- We were the ones that were made fun of.
- We were the nerds.
- The goof-ups.
- The forgetful.
- The lazy.
- The cheap.
- The funny-looking.
- The ugly one.
- The one with the broken family.
- The one with the addiction.
- The one that was slow.
- The overweight one.
- The one with the lisp.
- The dumb one.
- The one who couldn’t dance.
Spiritually speaking, we’re the underdog, too. The Bible says that we are
- dead (Romans 5:12, 19)
- disobedient (Romans 11:32)
- dumb sheep (Isaiah 53:6)
- Like a thorn (Micah 7:2-4)
- worthless (Romans 3:10)
- Not good (Luke 18:19)
- Evil (Ecclesiastes 9:3)
- dumb (Jeremiah 10:14)
- unable to save ourselves (Colossians 2:13)
I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. – Luke 15:18-24
It’s time we embrace our weaknesses. And turn back to the God who saves the weak, the dead, the dumb, the blind, the maimed, the bleeding, the wicked, and the wanderers. And find He’s running towards us with open arms.