The New York Week That Was (Comebacks and Christmas)

December 24th, 2009 by Hot Stove New York Leave a reply »
Christmas is all about comebacks and overcoming adversity against all odds. OK, it’s really nothing about comebacks and overcoming adversity against all odds, but is about love, peace on earth, goodwill toward men, opening presents, then drinking all day long and passing out underneath the tree as an ornament falls and pierces one of your eyeballs, sending you screaming down the street bloody, naked and in horrifying pain.

Ah, Christmas.

One of the brightest, heartwarming stories of the week, though, is Jonathan Bender ’s return to the world of basketball after not playing a game in four years. And on top of it all, he’s been productive.

The Knicks, too, are on the comeback trail after starting out at 1-9. Bender’s return after a long absence brings to mind other great comebacks. So, without further ado, here’s a random list of notable returns over the decades (and even centuries).

Gordie Howe retired after the 1971 season, then came back in 1973-74 to play with his sons, Mark and Marty , lasting six years in the WHA with the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers, followed by one last season in the sun in the NHL at the age ...

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