Everyone loves a comeback story, this is true in sports especially. Often some of the best moments that have happened in sports have been the result of a comeback that a player or a team has pulled out. This is a simple part of the excitement that is felt when we watch our favorite teams defy the odds and become the hero that we knew that they were. We will look at a few of these and see what make them some of the greatest comebacks of all time.
U.S National Men’s Soccer Team 2010: imagine having a few seconds left and all of a sudden you make a miracle comeback that surprises even you and your team. That was the case in 2010 with Landon Donnovan and his soccer team. The score was 0-0 and the team needed to win in order to advance. And continue their hopes of winning the World Cup. Donnovan came through and when he needed to the most, supplied the heroics and scored the winning goal to give the team the win. This would go down as one of the biggest wins in soccer history.
1974 Southern California football team: The team was down 24-0 to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and it looked like the Luck of the Irish was with Notre Dame. Then the improbable happened and left the Irish as well as the entire football world stunned. Southern California came from behind and demolished the Irish by scoring 55 points that were unanswered. Notre Dame had no answer for everything that they were having thrown at them. When it was all said and done, the Irish were left broken and battered while Southern California basked in the glory of what they had done. No other football team has been able to pull off this type of miracle since then.
2010 Philadelphia Flyers: With the Flyers down three games to none, the Flyers needed to win all four games to take the Stanley Cup. This was a feat that many people said was next to impossible the team believed in themselves and knew that they had what it took to make the comeback and defy the odds that said that they had no chance of winning. After winning the next three games, it was time to show that they were the team they knew they were. After a hard fought game seven, the Flyers finished their improbable comeback and hoisted the Stanley Cup leaving the Boston Bruins wondering how it had all went wrong.
1995 Indiana Pacers: Reggie Miller was the hero for the team and came out swinging for the fences to help the Pacers defeat the Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs. What helped Miller finish off the Knicks was his eight points in the last eighteen seconds of the game. This was something that left the fans in the arena speechless as he seemed to be on fire and was not able to be stopped. It was a shame that the power that drove Reggie Miller in the series with the Knicks would not carry over to the next round as the Pacers lost to the Orlando Magic in the next round of the playoffs.
1993 Buffalo Bills: This was considered to be the biggest comeback in NFL history. With the Bills down 35-3 in the second half, a lot of fans and even players were ready to accept the fact that the Houston Oilers would win the game. Quarterback Frank Reich was not ready to accept this reality and led his team on a comeback that saw the Bills win 41-38 at the end. The stadium was silent as many fans of Houston did not know what they had just seen and the Bills fans were not able to believe that their team had overcame the odds.
These are just a few of the sports comebacks that people will be talking about for many decades, some of these will live on in the memories of those that saw them and those that lived them. While the rest will hear about this as these stories are passed down from one generation to another. No matter the sport, everyone loves a good comeback.