How Richard III Has Leicester City On The Verge Of One Of The Greatest Upsets In Sports History
When excavators dug up the remains of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester, England in 2012, they tampered in God's domain -- unwittingly unleashing supernatural forces they didn't understand.
Richard was King of England from 1483 to 1485, and you may know him from his greatest hits -- having his nephews murdered in the Tower of London in order to take the throne; being the last King of England to die in battle; or being the star of one of Shakespeare's most famed plays. So that's been it for King Richard until four years ago, when someone decided to look for his remains, which they knew were somewhere in Leicester.
First they found the site of the original Greyfriars Church, where Richard was said to have been buried. Then they found a suspicious hump-backed skeleton under a parking lot, and after a year of tests confirmed it was Richard. He was re-buried in a raised tomb in Leicester Cathedral last March -- and that's when the ghostly weirdness began.
Since the re-burial, previously moribund Leicester City has won 22 of their past 34 matches ... not shocking, just impossible. The Foxes had been relegated in 2013-14 (sorry, that means they were so crappy they were sent to the minor leagues), and barely missed being sent back down last season. But now they're in first place. Wait, what?
Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, only five teams have won the title -- Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Blackburn. Those teams split 23 titles, with 13 of those owned by Manchester United, including eight of 11 from 1992-93 to 2002-03.
As for the other 14 teams? My kingdom for a horse.
England is going nuts over this. Bernie Sanders? Ha ... Feel the Bern is weak and tired next to Feel the Foxes. Leicester has never won anything -- before now people couldn't pick it out on a map. And that's people in England.
Our recurring soccer expert, Jelissa Castrodale, told us:
"No one ever could've predicted this, not their form under first year manager Claudio Ranieri, who was fired from his last job (as manager of Greece's national team) for lack of results, and definitely not the scoring ability of Jamie Vardy, who has already outscored Leicester's top scorer from last season. I think everyone is trying to comprehend how they've gotten so good, so quickly, how they've exceeded absolutely everyone's expectations, but obviously there's only one person who is responsible.
"It's not Ranieri, not Vardy, not midfield wizard Riyad Mahrez and not new defender Robert Huth. It's Richard III. There are people who really believe that the team's fortunes changed when the former King of England's remains were excavated."
Andrew Bloch of The Guardian:
Interesting conspiracy theory re. Leicester City success pic.twitter.com/nYiXRE5Or1
— Andrew Bloch (@AndrewBloch) February 15, 2016
Is King Richard III pushing Leicester City towards eternal glory? You be the judge. On Saturday, March 21, 2015, Leicester lost to Tottenham Hotspur, 4-3. The next day, they hauled Richard III's remains away from the Bosworth Battlefield, where they had resided for more than 500 years. Leicester then went on a 23-2 run, escaping relegation and beginning a resurgence perhaps unequaled in sports.
In more than 130 years of history, Leicester City have never won the league or FA Cup; they have lost four cup finals. Its £22m team has outshone rivals whose constellation of stars cost 10 times that figure. Next season, barring an implosion, the galacticos of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich could be visiting the King Power stadium.
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