The comeback

Matt Anderson, Sports Co-editor

One of the most exciting elements of a sporting event is the comeback. A comeback is when a team seems to be hopelessly blown out, but something internally sparks inside them and drives them to get back in the game. Comebacks are possible in almost every sport.

Here is snippet of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Houston Rockets vs San Antonio Spurs, 2004

In December of 2004, the Spurs and Rockets were playing, and it looked like the Spurs had the game wrapped up, being up by 10 with under a minute left, but the Rockets’ Tracy McGrady had other ideas. He went on to score 13 points in under 40 seconds. McGrady hit a three-pointer with just over one second left, and the Rockets won 82-81.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Indianapolis Colts, 2003

The Bucs had a comfortable lead at halftime in this game at 21-0. The score was 28-14, when Bucs’  corner Ronde Barber grabbed and interception and returned it for a touchdown, making it 35-14 at the end of the third. The Colts got the ball back and scored, then recovered an onside and scored on a fly route by Marvin Harrison, making the score 28-35. The Colts forced a three and out, and then scored a few plays later, tying the game. They got the ball back and scored a game winning 29 yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt.

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees ALCS

The 2004 Boston Red Sox were down in the playoff series 3-0 to the New York Yankees. After much adversity, a key steal by Dave Roberts sparked the Red Sox to a walk off win in Game 4. The Red Sox came back in the series and tied it up 3-3, and then beat the Yankees in game seven to complete the comeback. The Red Sox team, known as “the idiots”, ended up winning the World Series—for the first time in 86 years.

1994 Kentucky Wildcats

  Kentucky was playing a basketball game in 1994 against LSU, and found themselves down 31 points with 15 minutes to play. The Wildcats came roaring back, and won the game 99-95. Kentucky ended up getting a three seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the second round to Marquette.