Underdog Bucs had crowd on their side

Despite lopsided Pats victory, NFL accomplished its goal

Updated: October 25, 2009, 10:41 PM ET
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPNBoston

LONDON -- We British love an underdog. It's one of the curiosities of the collective psyche of the United Kingdom. Winners become more celebrated once their decline toward mediocrity begins. Losers, especially when they adhere to the traditional cliché of "trying 110 percent," capture a special place in our hearts. Perhaps it's to do with our rather reserved nature that makes us feel embarrassed about overt success. Maybe it's because, when it comes to sports, glorious failure is what we ...

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