Best of Boston

BEST Comeback

2002 BEST Comeback

Mission of Burma

Art-punk heroes and alterna-rock granddaddies Mission of Burma, whose original 1979-83 run influenced R.E.M. and the Pixies, roared back with a handful of high-decibel concerts that proved their jittery, angular poetry had not been dimmed by 19 years in hibernation…. read more»

2002 BEST Comeback

Globe Spotlight Team

The Boston Globe Spotlight Team, whose Pulitzer Prize-worthy coverage of the archdiocesan sex scandal was earth-shattering journalism at its and a return to the kind of aggressive investigative reporting that is badly needed in this town after years of newspaper… read more»

2002 BEST Comeback, Game


The Celtics, for the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in NBA playoff history, making up a 21-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets in game three of the Eastern Conference finals. read more»

2002 BEST Comeback, Venue

The FleetCenter

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2001 BEST Comeback

Mike Barnicle

—especially if money is how you’re keeping score. The former Globe columnist now has a daily talk show on WTKK, a column in the New York Daily News, and a spot on Chronicle. read more»

1999 BEST Comeback, by a Local Band

The Gigolo Aunts

After five years without a release, the Gigolo Aunts burst back onto the music scene with Minor Chords and Major Themes, a disc so infused with kicky pop sensibility it landed them in People magazine and won them an opening… read more»

1995 BEST Comeback

Digital Equipment

Sure, the company itself is half as big as it used to be. Sure, the sales of its once-popular VAX computers are still plummeting. But give CEO Robert Palmer credit for righting a sinking ship and beginning to turn a… read more»

1993 BEST Comeback

Aimee Mann

Her ‘Til Tuesday days behind her, she has released, at long last, a solo album, Whatever, that is thoughtful, inventive—in a word, stunning. Don’t make us wait so long next time, Aimee. read more»

1989 BEST Comeback

The Emerson Majestic Theater

Resurrected, refurbished, resplendent. read more»

1987 BEST Comeback, Album

Third Stage

The new album by the synthetic-rock group Boston was six years in the making and worth the wait. read more»