What makes a great comeback a great comeback is not just the comeback itself but what is at stake. When the Boston Red Sox came back from the three games to zero deficit two years ago, the American League pennant was at stake. The Red Sox would go on to sweep the Cardinals to win their first World Series in 86 years. Prior to that championship, they had to win four straight, including the last two in the hallowed ground of Yankee Stadium.
Just as the Irish completed their comeback in front of a hostile Michigan State crowd, the Red Sox finished their comeback in front of rabid Yankees fans. The Yankees and their faithful followers were already booking tickets to St. Louis, but the Yankees forgot that they needed four victories — not just three — to continue their march toward another World Series championship.
As a sports pundit recently told me, the game ends at double zero. Michigan State forgot that lesson but the Irish did not. That is why the Fighting Irish now 3-1 and still have a slight pulse beating in their pursuit of a BCS championship.