5 Best Comebacks Of 2013

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Top 5 Comebacks in 2013

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The Chicago Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup by scoring two goals in 17 seconds in a comeback win over the Boston Bruins. The Miami Heat also won Game 6 with a miracle comeback forced by Ray Allen’s 3 pointer, and then went on to win the NBA championship in Game 7. It seems like every time we turn around in 2013 some team is somehow fighting off elimination and going on to win a title. In fact, 2013 appears to be the ‘Year of the Comeback.’

Looking back at the year in sports so far and we can see comebacks all over the place and it’s only half over. The sporting world still has plenty of time for leads and big comebacks in the next six months. If they are anything like the past six, sports fans are in for one heck of a ride. This year is making Yogi Berra’s quote extremely accurate when he said: “It ain’t over til it’s over.”

Well said Yogi, because it happens to be true. Think about all the teams that have had leads or opportunities to win games or championships, only to lose in epic fashion. It’s heartbreaking for the fans and I’m sure it’s no picnic for the players either. So let’s take a look back now at some of the biggest comebacks in sports so far in 2013, the ‘Year of the Comeback.’

The year 2013, where no lead is safe until the game is over. Celebrate prematurely and you could look foolish, like the fans of those teams:

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5. Boston Bruins

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The Bruins were down 4-1 with under 15 minutes to play in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Bruins held a ferocious comeback. They tied the game with 31 seconds left and won it in overtime and went onto the Stanley Cup Finals where they also felt the sting of a comeback.

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4. Louisville Cardinals

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Not only were the Cards down by 18 points to Syracuse in the Big East Final but they trailed by 12 in the National Championship game too. They fought back in both games and went on epic runs to seize the games and the Big East and NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships.

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3. Chicago Blackhawks

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They were down by one goal with just over a minute to play when they scored to tie the game at 2-2. Just 17 seconds later they were in the lead and the Bruins were left shocked. The Blackhawks didn’t need the comeback to win the Cup because a Game 7 would have been waiting had they lost but it was still one of the most shocking comebacks in Stanley Cup Finals history. And it led to a championship.

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2. Baltimore Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens were down by seven with under 40 seconds to play when Joe Flacco hit a streaking Jacoby Jones for a 70-yard touchdown to tie the game with the Denver Broncos at 35-35. The Ravens went on to win the game in overtime and eventually became Super Bowl Champions after staving off a comeback of their own by the San Francisco 49ers in the title game.

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1. Miami Heat

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The Heat were dead in the waters of South Florida in Game 6 when the San Antonio Spurs misses two of four free throws and failed to rebound two Heat misses in the final seconds. Ray Allen buried a 3-pt shot in the corer to send the game into overtime, where the Heat won. Miami also won Game 7 and were crowned NBA Champs.