February 22, 2010

Do you believe in miracles? 30 years later

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The win by the USA Men's hockey team over heavily favored Canada last night was pretty spectacular. But it doesn't remotely come close to the victory by the scrappy and vastly overmatched 1980 USA hockey team over the Soviet Union that occurred 30 years ago today - February 22, 1980. For those who were around to watch the game that Friday night, then watched the gold medal game against Finland that following Sunday morning, watching flag-draped goalie Jim Craig skating around looking for his dad in the stands afterwards and Mike Eruzione calling his entire team up on the tiny podium during the medal ceremony, you understand how magical that event was. That's why the Sports Illustrated cover that week (above) bore no text. No one in America needed to be told.

For those of you who weren't around - you will never know.

By Barbarossa at 12:26 AM | Comments |