In the sports world, even the most diehard fans of opposing teams have to tip their caps when a David beats a Goliath. If the Miami Heat wins a championship after assembling a virtual all-star team, there's little interest beyond the fan base. More than 30 years later, however, we all still remember the USA hockey team's stunning victory at the 1980 Olympic Games -- primarily because it was such an unexpected upset.
Major League Baseball's season takes place on an uneven playing field. Some of the small-market, less wealthy teams start the season with no realistic chance of making the playoffs, while other teams are perennially successful. Money is a large factor; in 2012, the highest team budget (Yankees) is almost four times the lowest (Padres). So how do those "poor" teams compete and, in some cases, succeed?
Enter Billy Beane, who took over the General Manager position for the Oakland A's in 1997, after a disappointing baseball career. He saw patterns and potential where nobody else did, and put together a roster of low-budget cast-offs and has-beens that surprised the old guard and created a blueprint that has literally changed the game. The book, and now the film, Moneyball tell his story in a way that even non-baseball fans will appreciate. You may have never visited Oakland, but you'll be rooting for his A's in Moneyball!