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Your Classics Awards: Underdogs

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What does a down-on-his-luck Philadelphia boxer have in common with a streetwalker on Hollywood Boulevard or a math prodigy working as a janitor at MIT? All three are underdogs. Losers. Long-shots. Upstarts who come from behind and manage to triumph despite impossible odds.

They might unionize textile workers, or lead a scrappy high school basketball team to a state championship. And even if they look like Melanie Griffith or Robert Redford, we root for them because deep down, they are us.

Underdogs give us the courage to face our own obstacles. It’s a hard, cold world out there, and we need all the inspiration we can get. Vote here for your top underdog.

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