Not that you were paying attention, but last Wednesday you would have stuck a fork in Team USA at the America's Cup speed sailing competition in San Francisco. Team USA was down by an epic 8-1 deficit in a "best of 17" format. When you are down 8-1 in a best-of-17 format, you are one loss away from elimination. And no team has ever come back from an 8-1 deficit in the entire 162-year history of this race.
Well, no team until today. In a double-header race day in which Team New Zealand could have won the trophy outright, Team USA refused to lose either race. The Oracle Team USA boat won both races -- completing the comeback for their seventh consecutive win. The two teams are now tied, with Wednesday's decisive, winner-take-all Race 19 scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT (weather permitting).
Team USA won both races Tuesday to tie the America's Cup competition at 8-8. The score is actually 10-8 with the advantage to Team USA, but the team was docked two games for improperly manipulating weights on their boat The Defender.
Without that penalty, Team USA would have already won the Auld Mug trophy (pictured right).
Team USA captain Jimmy Spithill was ecstatic after the race. "It gives us a lot of confidence going into tomorrow." Spithill told the San Francisco Chronicle, adding that Wednesday would be "the most exciting day of all of our lives. We wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
When his team, was down 8-1, Spithill got in some trouble for tweeting a profane photo to motivate his team. While it landed Spithill in hot water, it was apparently really f***ing effective.
If this stirring and historic comeback by Team USA fills you with patriotic inspiration -- just stop it. Realize that only one member of Oracle Team USA is actually an American.
Team USA wins seven straight, now one win from America's Cup