Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Which was the Greater Comeback?

You may have heard that the Patriots won a football game on Sunday. Seems that had to come back from pretty far back to end up winning the game as well. The greatest comeback in football history, in fact.

We Red Sox fans are well accustomed to big comeback. The Red Sox come back from being down is playoff series so often, they should almost start them all down 0-2. I think the Indians may start throwing the first game when they face the Sox.

Of course, the granddaddy of them all was the 2004 ALCS comeback against the Yankees when they won four straight games after being down 0-3, winning the series and going on to win the championship.

Naturally, every time there are two incomparable events...people want to compare them.

Which was the greatest comeback?

Unfortunately, when people ask these questions, they never give the ground rules.  Are we supposed to consider that the Patriots comeback directly led to a championship, while the Red Sox had another series? Are we to compare the Patriots winning their 5th title in 15 years to the Red Sox winning their first in 86? Or, do we strictly compare the comeback themselves?

If that's the case, I have to give the nod to the Red Sox. It was harder, I feel. Sure the Patriots had to come back from pretty far down in a pretty short time. But, they only had to do it once. It only took one choke job by the Falcons.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, had to come back in game four. And in game five. Then win game six. Then win game seven. Any one of their starting pitchers could have failed. Any one of the Yankees starters could have dominated. But they didn't. Over four entire games (and then some) the Sox came back. That degree of difficulty puts them on top for me.

What about you?

Which was the greater comeback?

1 comment:

  1. For an overall championship the 04 Sox
    For a single game the 16 Pats. Coming back the way they did was the football equivalent of a baseball team being down 10 to 0 in the 8th inning


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