When an athlete falls, they don’t always get up. These are some, either individuals or teams, that suffered a licking but still kept ticking.

When an athlete falls, they don’t always get up. These are some, either individuals or teams, that suffered a licking but still kept ticking.


Doug Denison, staff writer

1 Tiger Woods’ 2008 U.S. Open win. Woods, recovering from surgery, tied Rocco Mediate on Sunday, forcing an 18-hole playoff on Monday. Undaunted, Mediate tied Woods in the playoff sending the tournament to a hole-by-hole sudden death shootout. In a stunning finish, Woods made par and Mediate missed his 12-foot par putt.

2 Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick. Part of the thanks for this comeback goes to Donovan McNabb, whose departure paved the way for Vick.

3 George Foreman. In 1973, underdog Foreman took the heavyweight title from Joe Frazier in two earth-shattering rounds (“Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!”) The next year, Foreman met Muhammad Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle, and was defeated by knockout. Twenty years later, Foreman regained the title and became the oldest boxer to possess the belt. 


Sean Dooley, universal desk designer

1 2004 Boston Red Sox coming back from 0-3 in the ALCS against the New York Yankees

2 2010 Philadelphia Flyers coming back from 0-3 against the Boston Bruins in both the series and game 7

3 Josh Hamilton — From promising prospect to hopeless drug addict to all-star outfielder. There’s definitely a movie here.


Jayne Gest, staff writer

1 Philadelphia Flyers rallying from 3-0 to beat the Bruins and secure a spot in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals. As a Cleveland sports fan, I love when the underdog wins.

2 Lasse Viren. A Finnish runner, he fell halfway through the 10,000 meter final in the 1972 Olympic games, got up, and came back to win the gold and set a world record.

3 Tommy John. Dodgers pitcher who severely damaged a ligament in his arm in the 1970s. The surgery is named after it. He went on to win 164 games and play for 13 years. Now if only Stephen Strasburg can do the same thing...

Note: I know leaving off the Red Sox win over the Yankees is a glaring omission on this list, but I can’t stand both teams.


Sarika Jagtiani, staff writer

1 Kerri Strug, gymnast, 1996 Olympics. After injuring herself in the first of two vaults, she came back to land the second vault and secure the team gold before collapsing and being carried away by coach Bela Karoyli.

2 Dan Jansen, speed skater, 1994 Olympics. Jansen was a favorite in the 500-meter race in 1988 and 1992, but spills on the ice and the death of his sister in ’88 hurt him. In the ’94 Olympics, his last, he finally took gold in the 1,000-meter.

3 Daniel Larusso, karate superstar, 1984. Larusso triumphs against the evil Cobra Kais in the All Valley Karate Championship in “The Karate Kid.”


This list is dedicated to Brian Citino, who came up with the idea for it but was unable to participate due to jury duty