In Honor of Easter, the Best Sports Comebacks

Easter is celebrated as a day of a comeback, so I decided to write the best sports comebacks in my opinion. I’ll rank them and then give my bold prediction.

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#5 Patriots vs Falcons Super Bowl LI

2017 in Houston, the Patriots completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history by shocking the Falcons when they were down by 25. Honestly this was kind of the least shocking of my list because it’s Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. But regardless, it was amazing. Being down 25 is one thing, but being down 25 with less than a half left and winning is just classic. Tom Brady went 43-62 with 466 yards and only 2 TD’s but the story was James White who caught for 14 passes for 110 yards and a TD and then rushed for 2 more. But what a game.

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#4 Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees 2004 ALCS

I won’t say how brutal the Red Sox’s past was but the Red Sox were the better team in 2003 and missed out due to Aaron “Freakin” Boone. 2004, it was the Yankees’ redemption story for their ring. Going up 3-0 against an arch rival is one thing, but literally losing game 4 by an inch has to be the worse than the game 7 loss. On Mariano, too. But what a story. They ended the curse and then swept the Cardinals in the Series. This ended so many years or horror. Plus, it had a decent movie about it.

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#3 Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors 2016 NBA Finals

While he didn’t know my ranking for it, @soft7pork reviews one of his favorites comebacks from a Cavs fans’ perspective… The showdown for the ages, a feat that no one thought could be done. The best team of all time brought down by β€œA Kid From Akron”. It was truly the Monstars vs the Tune Squad. Cavs VS Warriors was supposed to be a done deal, until the greatest comeback in basketball. Warriors blew the most infamous lead in the game, and the Cavs go down as legends forever.

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#2 Kentucky @ LSU 1994

This is the greatest comeback ever in college basketball history. Kentucky going into the bayou and coming back from 31 down is legendary. Behind Walter McCarty’s 23 points, the Cats rallied from 68-37 IN THE SECOND HALF. But Kentucky starting hitting everything, it’s an insane video to watch. Kentucky hit 12 of 23 3’s in the second half, while LSU missed 11/12 free throws in the last minutes. Kentucky ending up winning 99-95.

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#1 Tiger Woods 2019 Masters

This may be stupid, but having Tiger back makes me like golf again, well at least the Majors. Tiger being back is just huge for golf. He played like he was back to himself but showed a different emotion… peaceful. Tiger was laughing and having fun, truly acknowledging how lucky he was to be in his position. Plus, the moment with his son was adorable. Nothing but good press for Tiger right now and let’s hope he roars on.

BOLD PREDICTION: The Reds winning the World Series in 2019 after starting 1-7.

If you think I’m wrong or want to share the ones I missed, tweet me @soft7juice.

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John Daly Hustling Dudes at a Putt-Putt Course Is the Most John Daly Thing Ever

John Daly. The out of shape, cigarette smoking, Hooters’ regular proves every day why he is still the man even at 52 years of age. This time, you can catch him at your local putt-putt course hustling New Balance-clad suburban dads by the windmill.

We have all dreamed about randomly running into our favorite athletes out in the wild. We all think we will recognize them immediately, but here is the thing about John Daly: he does not look like an athlete. Fat athletes are my favorite, and John Daly doesn’t look anywhere close to the part. Probably why he was able to take every jean short wearing father of 3 to the cleaners.

Daly nails the final putt, collects his cash and gets on his RV to either head back to Hooters or snag some new ridiculous pants.

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Nike’s New Golf Shoes Are Something…

Nike is officially crazy for this one.

No, these are not Chia pets, they are Nike’s latest edition of their signature Air Max 1 golf shoes. Only this time, there is no leather on the outside of the shoe. Instead these bad boys are outfitted with 4G turf. So, thanks to Nike, you can have the golf course on top of your feet as well as under them. Finally.

Dressing like a golfer is pretty cool. The polo, khakis, tennis shoes and hat always works. But dressing like the golf course? Now, that is the most baller thing I’ve heard today. The phrase “leave it all on the field” need not apply.

Of course, Twitter has had mixed reactions and you can read all the replies here:

First Time Bettor Wins $1.19M on Tiger’s Miraculous Comeback

Apparently, some Nevada and New Jersey bookmakers did not have faith in golf’s prodigal son, Tiger Woods. What kind of moron did not thing that he would win? Couldn’t be me. I definitely don’t owe Porkchop $100 for betting that Justin Thomas would win a major before him…

As it turns out, a lot of people owe a lot of money for Tiger’s miraculous comeback. William Hill U.S. Sportsbook in Las Vegas in particular had Tiger’s chances at 14-1.

One lucky bettor saw a golden opportunity and, making his first bet ever with that company, placed $85,000 on Tiger to win his fifth green jacket. Now, William Hill must pay out a $1.19 million which is the single largest golf ticket in the company’s history. This is just the fourth time they have ever had to make a 7-figure pay out.

William Hill was not the only sportsbook that felt the pain of doubting Tiger. BetStars in New Jersey reported a $360,000 net loss and even the SuperBook in Vegas reported as “high 5-figure” loss on their Masters Tournament bets.

Now, I really don’t have a problem with sportsbooks having Tiger’s odds super high or people doubting Tiger, again couldn’t be me. I do have a problem with the jabroni that won the million. What in the world was this guy doing placing what could have been his first bet ever on a guy who couldn’t walk last year in the amount of $85,000? I would have been losing my mind.

Jon Rahm Has the Shank of the Masters Tournament

There is nothing the casual sports fan loves to see more than a professional athlete botching a routine play. Steph Curry airballing a three, Tom Brady dropping a wide open pass and Jon Rahm shanking this shot into the trees. Watch:

We love these kinds of mishaps, because it humanizes the people we idolize. To a guy like me who has never hit anything close to par, this shot made me feel just irrationally good about myself. Not that I still have a shot about the tour, but that I could have if I had tried harder and actually had talent. That’s all.

I’d be lying if I said that this isn’t what I root for every time a golfer takes a shot. Of course, Rahm took that satisfaction away from all of us by still somehow putting for par on the hole.

Jordan Spieth Pulls off Incredible Trick Shot at Masters

There have been countless amazing shots in Masters Tournament history. Phil hitting from behind a tree to plant it solidly on the green and Tiger in his Sunday red with his amazing putt that sat on the lip of the hole for what seemed like an eternity are the first two that come to mind. Both displays of great skill, but nothing shows just how skilled of a golfer you are like a trick shot in a very serious situation.

Obviously, not a lot of trick shots are tried at the at the professional level much less at the Masters. The upside is pretty unremarkable compared to the disastrous negative effects it could have. But Jordan Spieth, with his balls of steel, took what will go down as one of the best trick shots in Masters History.

That ball succeeded where all humans not named Jesus have failed.

I aspire to have the amount of confidence that Jordan Spieth had right before he took that shot. One little slip up and he takes a two stroke penalty that probably ruins his chances that day.