“Do You Believe in Miracles? Yes!” Was 35 Years Ago
If you weren't alive, you may not understand how big this was. Thirty-five years ago this coming Sunday a group of college kids beat the best hockey team in the world. It's come to be known as the "Miracle on Ice".
Looking back at it, it still makes me shake my head and go "wow". The United States was so depressed at the time. The economy was tanking. The Iran hostage crisis was going on. So much was wrong. In terms of sports, imagine the Western football team beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. That's what this was. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the "Miracle on Ice" the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century.
The call on ABC by Al Michaels made him immortal. And here's another thing some people forget: Back then, the Olympics weren't broadcast completely live. America didn't see this game live on TV, like we do now. It was shown on tape-delay.
(And if you end up in a trivia tournament, don't let them fool you. Miracle on Ice was the semi-final game. The U.S. won the gold medal when they beat Finland on Sunday.)
It was one shining moment in time. One incredible moment.