Has there ever been a year like this? And now the mighty All Blacks have fallen in the Year of the Sporting Underdog.
Taking inspiration from the Cubs, it was another “Miracle in Chicago” as Ireland’s national rugby team ended an even longer streak than the Windy City’s baseball team has endured by doing what was considered impossible – beating the best team in the game’s history, the All Blacks.
There must be something in the water in Chicago this week. Before 62,000 fans at Solider Field, Ireland were magnificent in a magnificent sporting week.
And now their 40-29 victory over the All Blacks – the first in their history – has added an exclamation mark to an incredible sporting year where the underdog has ruled.
A historic date for ever more for the rugby mad Irish. Awesome.