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Top 10 Lowest Seeds to Win a Championship

Mark J. Terrill/AP

Whenever a professional league or the NCAA considers revamping its postseason structure, a prime goal is to preserve the integrity of the regular season. Major League Baseball recently was caught up in this argument when it decided to expand from one wild-card team to two in each league. The BCS has been bombarded with criticism as it sifts changes to its football postseason, especially in light of Alabama's inability to win the SEC West before it captured the national championship. Makes sense. Why play day after day or week after week for several months only to, in effect, ignore the results?

The answer is simple. We love underdogs. The thrill of watching a team slog through a season, sneak into the playoffs and then catch fire is one of the most uplifting elements...

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