Greatest Comeback of All-Time!
Guest Writer: Daniel Mercer
One of the most enjoyable facts surrounding sports is that there will always be a new debate. The fun part about these debates is that they have no parameters and at the end of the day, maybe there isn’t a right answer. Who is the better boxer, Ali or Pacquiao? If LeBron James and Michael Jordan were in the dunk contest, who would win? If the great Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, would they be any better?
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we actually knew all of the answers? I would pay big money to watch Ali step into the ring versus Pacquiao. I would definitely buy a front row ticket to be entertained by Jordan versus Lebron. And in all honesty, the thought of watching the great Wayne Gretzky take the ice again gives me the chills; I don’t care which team he suits up for.
There is one argument that will continue to spark a sports-conversation forever: what is the greatest comeback of all time? In 2004, the Boston Red Sox did what no one thought was possible and they will always be the headline of any ‘greatest comeback’ conversation. Having not won a World Series in 86 years and coming back from a 0-3 deficit in the AL Championship Series to the New York Yankees, the Red Sox were crowned the ‘token’ comeback team. Then of course, there is the NFL comeback game in 1993 between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Oilers. Down by 32 grueling points, the Buffalo Bills came back to beat the Oilers in overtime and the game still remains as the largest deficit-comeback in history.
But in my mind, there is a comeback that happened in 1995 that will exist as THE ultimate winner for this argument. With all due respect to the hundreds of sports comeback’s and the individual performances that have taken place, this wins. So, in preparation for the upcoming season, I figured we could all be reminded of what sports are really about! Enjoy!