When I was in high school a coach at a cross-town rival told the newspaper that their team was going to "beat us to death" in the sectional. It made our triple-overtime victory that much sweeter.
A similar situation happened tonight with our American swimmers. The Frenchies were going to "smash the Americans," or so they told the press. Instead the Americans smashed the world record, and Jason Lezak swam the fastest relay split in history.
Addition: On a gorgeous summer evening, sitting here with the windows open, we could hear a number of neighbors screaming when the team won, too. Then the dogs got going. It was quite the celebration.