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2009-02-22 04:28:27 AM
The real miracle being that the ice didn't crack under the weight of their enormous haircuts. Great moment in sports, and the Best Damn top 50 seems to agree.
 
2009-02-22 07:17:06 AM
shidekigonomo: The real miracle being that the ice didn't crack under the weight of their enormous haircuts

The lack of Russian teeth leveled everything off.

I have a friend from Moldavia who is a few years older than me. The story she tells about the MoI is a much different tale. The whole of the CCCP was in complete denial for months after that game. It was the refs, the ice surface, etc. Everything but a good team beating the greatest team on Earth.
 
2009-02-22 07:20:05 AM
TeddyBallGame: I have a friend from Moldavia

/*Moldova dammit. Proof read Teddy, proof read. She is Moldovan
 
2009-02-22 08:21:04 AM
Best moment in sports ever, hands down. I still love Al Michaels screaming "The crowd is going...insane"

/#2 is Jesse Owens at the '36 Olympics
//#3 doesn't matter because it's closer to #1000 than #1 on the list
 
2009-02-22 08:30:44 AM
The Impossible Dream, Come True.

We gotta get this level of badass back somehow.

We need to ressurect Herb.
 
2009-02-22 08:44:43 AM
Saw this with my dad. Will never forget it. We where on the edge of our seats the whole game. Damn near cry when I watch the old video's.

/rip dad
//miss you lots
 
2009-02-22 08:55:10 AM
Mom, Dad, my brother and I all watched that game. The best word I can think of at this hour of the morning is "spellbound".


We did have a few moments of feeling bad for the Soviets, and hoped they wouldn't get shot or anything for losing.
 
2009-02-22 09:11:59 AM
You know, even though I was only 7 months at the time, I just knew it. I knew with the candidancy of Ronald Reagan, the Russians were terrified. You could feel the presence of The Great One in the hearts and minds of both teams. The sense of pride and country in the US team and the sense of fear in the eyes of the Russians. It really brings a tear to yor eye.
 
2009-02-22 09:20:51 AM
I'm impressed with how little pads they wore compared to today. either that or they all were crankers
 
2009-02-22 09:31:04 AM
The greatest moment in American Sports History -- and possibly never to be eclipsed, since there are no "bad guys" like the Soviets anymore and our Olympians are now pros.
 
2009-02-22 09:41:40 AM
I get shivers every time I see that. What an awesome moment for both sports and America.
 
2009-02-22 10:10:08 AM
I'm over the Miracle honestly. It's buried in cold war dogma, and wasn't even the Gold Medal Game. It was all "USA beat the Russians" RAWR!! YAWN...

Far more compelling tilts have come down the pike since then, especially considering the only thing that really made this victory compelling was the fact that it was at the height of the cold war and we stuck it in the ruskies butts - it almost was less about Hockey and more about giving the finger to Russia.
 
2009-02-22 10:16:55 AM
Wow, wayta be a downer Drakuun.
 
2009-02-22 10:19:55 AM
I have the game on tape and watch it regularly. I was 11 and watched with my Dad and brother.

What's truly a miracle is that the Russians didn't score 4 or 5 goals in the second period. They completely ouptlayed the US.

They hit posts, missed open nets, and Craig stood on his farking head.

Although a lot of it relied on the socioeconomic situation of the time, it would be like a college all-star team beating the Steelers today.

/Game wasn't broadcast live
//Dad didn't spoil it
///Thanks, Dad
 
2009-02-22 10:43:00 AM
Eufah Kennidiets: I have the game on tape and watch it regularly. I was 11 and watched with my Dad and brother.

What's truly a miracle is that the Russians didn't score 4 or 5 goals in the second period. They completely ouptlayed the US.

They hit posts, missed open nets, and Craig stood on his farking head.

Although a lot of it relied on the socioeconomic situation of the time, it would be like a college all-star team beating the Steelers today.

/Game wasn't broadcast live
//Dad didn't spoil it
///Thanks, Dad


This!!!!!

I too was 11 years old at the time and already playing youth hockey. The 1980 Olympics were a magical time for me.


/don't forget the 1960 team beat the Soviets too.
 
2009-02-22 10:45:32 AM
savage819: Wow, wayta be a downer Drakuun.

That victory was significant in my mind not because we beat the Russians, but because it was basically one of the catalysts for the USA youth hockey program we have today, and brought the game to new demographics in the USA. Consider it the real 'break out' moment for Hockey commercially in the USA.

So don't let my poo-poo'ing of the whole "U.S. vs. Russia" dogma bring you down, I still think that game stands out, and is important, but so was that whole tournament for the Game of Hockey.

/bigger picture
 
2009-02-22 11:07:52 AM
ARE WE TIRED OF THIS MIRACLE.......YES!
 
2009-02-22 11:37:45 AM
Drakuun: I'm over the Miracle honestly. It's buried in cold war dogma, and wasn't even the Gold Medal Game. It was all "USA beat the Russians" RAWR!! YAWN...

Maybe, but the fact that the Soviets were an unbeatable hockey machine for 17 years has to mean something. If they played the US 100 times, they would have won 99.

The game had a little bit of everything. An overconfident team that let down at the end of the 1st period to allow a goal that never should have been scored. A poor coaching decision by Viktor Tikhonov to remove one of the world's best goaltenders after only 20 minutes. A US goaltender performing a minor miracle in keeping the puck out of his own net.

I was only six months old when the game was played, but have a tape of it and have watched it a dozen times or so, what always amazes me is how the puck bounces the US way almost the entire game, especially on the tying and winning goals in the 3rd period. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime games, capped off by one of the greatest calls in sportscasting history.

Sure, the US had another game to win to take the gold medal, but if you don't think it's compelling for a team of college kids to beat a team that whipped an NHL All-Star team 6-0 and had a winning record in games against NHL teams, I don't really know what to tell you. Watch the entire 60 minutes and tell me there's nothing compelling about how the US remains within a goal despite being badly outplayed, then finds a way to take the lead and fend off 10 minutes of Soviet pressure to win a game they had no business winning.
 
2009-02-22 11:54:09 AM
Drakuun: I'm over the Miracle honestly. It's buried in cold war dogma, and wasn't even the Gold Medal Game. It was all "USA beat the Russians" RAWR!! YAWN...

Far more compelling tilts have come down the pike since then, especially considering the only thing that really made this victory compelling was the fact that it was at the height of the cold war and we stuck it in the ruskies butts - it almost was less about Hockey and more about giving the finger to Russia.


It was about a group of kids beating what had been the best hockey team in the world for a long time. As for more compelling games, show me one bigger upset than this one.
 
2009-02-22 12:03:04 PM
9:55 of pure awesome.
 
2009-02-22 12:04:45 PM
The key to the Soviets losing the game was Tikhonov's own arrogance for pulling Tretiak at the end of the 1st period. It still blows my mind that he yanked the best goalie in the world in such a crucial game.

TheHopeDiamond: We did have a few moments of feeling bad for the Soviets, and hoped they wouldn't get shot or anything for losing.

Well, Kasatonov did wind up playing for the Mighty Ducks at the end of his career, so that's kind of like getting shot.

/Kings fan
 
2009-02-22 12:05:44 PM
The Miracle on Ice, 29 years ago today

Saw the end of the game in a K-Mart with a couple of hundred other people gathered around the TV section. The place went nuts. Fark Russia.

it almost was less about Hockey and more about giving the finger to Russia.

It was all about giving the finger to Russia. Just like now, most people couldn't care less about hockey. The game isn't any more popular now than it was then.
 
2009-02-22 12:09:01 PM
Do I believe in miracles?

Why yes, yes I do...
 
2009-02-22 12:11:49 PM
DubyaHater: You know, even though I was only 7 months at the time, I just knew it. I knew with the candidancy of Ronald Reagan, the Russians were terrified. You could feel the presence of The Great One in the hearts and minds of both teams. The sense of pride and country in the US team and the sense of fear in the eyes of the Russians. It really brings a tear to yor eye.

Agreed. I was only a month and a half old, but I know my Dad was screaming at the TV somewhere in the house. I like to think that's where my hockey seed was first planted :)
 
2009-02-22 12:23:46 PM
They really need to put this game on DVD, they could have packaged it with the "Miracle" movie and everything.

/Was 10 when this game was played
//Turned me into a hockey fanatic
 
2009-02-22 12:42:48 PM
Tretiak stays in that game, we're not talking about it today. This game was one of those times where everything went right for the U.S. and that was the only way those guys could have beaten the Soviets. Wasn't even born when the game was played but have seen it far too many times to count. Kudos to Herb Brooks and his team. Shame he lost to Team Canada 22-years later in what would have been an awesome swansong.

On the flip side, am I the only one that thinks that Al Michaels listens to this broadcast and cries before every game he has to broadcast with John Madden? Couldn't he just have one "I'm Keith Hernandez" moment and KO Madden back to the stone age? How has Michaels not gone the Pat Summerall route and drank himself into a stupor yet?
 
2009-02-22 12:56:24 PM
McDriver: ARE WE TIRED OF THIS MIRACLE.......YES!

No, not yet, I really enjoyed watching this again. But thanks for asking. Sorry we interrupted whatever pathetically sad and boring thing you were doing.

/troll bait
//took it!
 
2009-02-22 01:09:38 PM
[HERO] Mike Eruzione scores in the third period for the USA; your jingoistic USA USA USA comments to the right

[FOLLOWUP] USA beats Finland 4-2 to take Gold Medal in Hockey

[SAPPY] USA Medal Ceremony. If you can't sing the National Anthem, just hum along, mmmkay?
 
2009-02-22 01:15:51 PM
Eufah Kennidiets:

/Game wasn't broadcast live


You sure about that? I remember one of my parents picked us up from school (normally we walked) because it started early, at 4pm EST.

I also remember (and this may not have been the Soviet game) that one of the US goals was scored during a commercial (they didn't stop for commercials back in the day).
 
2009-02-22 01:32:08 PM
98K514
'The home crowd, energized by the U.S. team's improbable run during group play and the Cold War "showdown" mentality, were in a patriotic fervor throughout the match, waving U.S. flags and singing patriotic songs such as "God Bless America." The rest of the United States (except those who watched the game live on Canadian television) would have to wait to see the game, as ABC decided to broadcast the late-afternoon game on tape delay in prime time."
 
2009-02-22 01:33:50 PM
Technically when it comes to upsets there's two that leap to my mind (and SI has called them both "Sports Moment of the 20th Century" during their millennium article series - they put this at #1 and Ali vs. Frazier #2 with The Miracle On Ice at #3)

1964 Le Mans - Ford-Shelby defeats Ferrari for the World Manufacturer's GT Cup. It was the first time Ferrari lost at Le Mans and the first time an American company won an FIA road race with Shelby the only company to take 1st at Spa, Le Mans, Daytona and Italia. It never happened before and has not been replicated since. To put it in perspective, odds makers at the Flamingo put the Cobra down as a 225:1 underdog with simulations stating that there was no feasible way the 427 Daytona Cobra Coupe was beating the 250 FTO.

Honestly, though - this ties with The Miracle as far as I'm concerned, neither will EVER happen again.
 
2009-02-22 01:45:46 PM
Chak: 98K514
'The home crowd, energized by the U.S. team's improbable run during group play and the Cold War "showdown" mentality, were in a patriotic fervor throughout the match, waving U.S. flags and singing patriotic songs such as "God Bless America." The rest of the United States (except those who watched the game live on Canadian television) would have to wait to see the game, as ABC decided to broadcast the late-afternoon game on tape delay in prime time."


Then we watched the live broadcast on Canadian TV.

/border state, CBET FTW!
 
2009-02-22 01:48:10 PM
obzerver: Damn near cry when I watch the old video's.

I do cry. I'm a big baseball fan, could hardly care a whit about hockey, and I can think of dozens of events in baseball I wish like hell I could've seen in person. But this trumps them all. Greatest moment in sports history.
 
2009-02-22 02:06:16 PM
I don't even remember this happening, but to this day, every time I hear Al Michaels yell, "Do you believe in Miracles? Yes!" I get the chills...

I saw "Miracle" the first day it came out. At the very end, when they talk about how Herb never got a chance to see the final cut of the movie because he died in a car wreck a few months earlier, it is the only time in my life I can remember crying in a movie theater.

Herb was one of the nicest guys I'd ever met, and his passion for the game of hockey is what made me the hockey-lover that I am, and I wish we could somehow find and rekindle that passion here in the US.

If you get a chance, watch the HBO documentary, "Do You Believe in Miracles?" It gives a great in-depth look at Herb and the team and what they went though to make this moment happen.

"After everything you've done, and everything you've accomplished, if you lose this game tonight, you'll take it your farking graves... Your farkING graves." - That has to be the most inspirational pregame speech any coach has ever given his team.
 
2009-02-22 02:24:26 PM
i101.photobucket.com

Do yourself a huge favor and watch this doc, it will bring a tear to your eye.
 
2009-02-22 02:36:37 PM
Is there any actual hockey? I gave up after 1 minute explaining how bad off the United States was in the 1970s.
 
2009-02-22 02:53:57 PM
I still have Tretyak's Jersey on my wall. He was a simply godly goalie.
 
2009-02-22 03:09:08 PM
JAVSinCity: Tretiak stays in that game, we're not talking about it today.

THIS. Dumbest goalie yank in history. I said, "their coach just gave up" when they yanked Vlad.
 
2009-02-22 03:17:05 PM
98K514: Eufah Kennidiets:

/Game wasn't broadcast live


You sure about that? I remember one of my parents picked us up from school (normally we walked) because it started early, at 4pm EST.

I also remember (and this may not have been the Soviet game) that one of the US goals was scored during a commercial (they didn't stop for commercials back in the day).


He's right. This game was not broadcast live in the US. ABC wanted to show the game in prime time, but it was played during the day. We all saw it on tape. So those who were on the "edge of their seats" must have been living in a bubble because the rest of us knew who won when we watched it.

It's a very exciting moment, no doubt, but most of the "memories" people have around it are not quite accurate.
 
2009-02-22 03:36:49 PM
SharkTrager: 98K514: Eufah Kennidiets:

/Game wasn't broadcast live


You sure about that? I remember one of my parents picked us up from school (normally we walked) because it started early, at 4pm EST.

I also remember (and this may not have been the Soviet game) that one of the US goals was scored during a commercial (they didn't stop for commercials back in the day).

He's right. This game was not broadcast live in the US. ABC wanted to show the game in prime time, but it was played during the day. We all saw it on tape. So those who were on the "edge of their seats" must have been living in a bubble because the rest of us knew who won when we watched it.

It's a very exciting moment, no doubt, but most of the "memories" people have around it are not quite accurate.


Keep reading past that comment. It may not have been broadcast live on any US networks but it was broadcast live on Canadian TV, which is obviously where we watched it. We got (and still get) CBET out of Windsor in Michigan.
 
2009-02-22 03:55:52 PM
Apprently, Lake Placid was a bubble back in 1980. No internet and no guarantees to air specific events in primetime.

Except for Michael Phelps bonging.
 
2009-02-22 04:15:28 PM
Yeah it wasn't broadcast live in the USA, or at least in California. I knew absolutely nothing about hockey in 1980 though. For some reason I tuned into the rebroadcast because there was quite a bit of buzz about USA vs The Soviet Union -- and I saw something remarkable. We didn't have evening newspapers and I hated TV news ( even back then, due to Star Trek reruns on at the same time ), so I had no idea what was going to happen. When it was over I was freaking out royally. It was something. Ever since I've been a hockey fan -- even though that game I really didn't know what the heck was going on except the scores.

/ thanks subby -- pardon me, there's a little something in my eye
 
2009-02-22 04:16:24 PM
If you are talking sheer talent disparity, I don't think anything in sports can touch Chaminade over Virginia.
 
2009-02-22 04:18:15 PM
Drakuun: I'm over the Miracle honestly. It's buried in cold war dogma, and wasn't even the Gold Medal Game. It was all "USA beat the Russians" RAWR!! YAWN...

Far more compelling tilts have come down the pike since then, especially considering the only thing that really made this victory compelling was the fact that it was at the height of the cold war and we stuck it in the ruskies butts - it almost was less about Hockey and more about giving the finger to Russia.


this. and the Flyers kicked Russian ass four years earlier.
 
2009-02-22 04:43:02 PM
barneyfifesbullet: It was all about giving the finger to Russia. Just like now, most people couldn't care less about hockey. The game isn't any more popular now than it was then.

Nonsense. The game has grown tremendously in the US since 1980. In the 70s, hockey was a really niche, regional sport only popular in Original Six markets and a few others (Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philly).

After 1980, we had the Isles dynasty, Gretzky playing in LA (and later in New York), Mario Lemieux and his dynasty in Pittsburgh. The game has really grown in the US.

The percentage of American players in the NHL has more than doubled since 1980. It currently stands at about 20% (compared to about 50% Canadians). That's set to increase further, as about 30% of the last few drafts have been Americans (including about one-third of first-round choices, and two out of the last three #1 overall picks). We even have a number of NHLers coming from California these days.

In the past 20 years, NCAA hockey has evolved from a minor curiosity to a legitimate alternative to Canadian major juniors, a real player development system that routinely turns-out top-notch NHLers.

Membership in USA hockey has more than tripled in the last decade (to more than 600,000), and there are more than 100,000 registered adult rec league players for the first time ever.

You can argue that hockey is still more popular in some regions than others (northeast and upper midwest), but it's not solely regional anymore. Some expansion teams have struggled. But other "non-traditional markets" (San Jose, Dallas, Tampa, St. Louis, Denver) have developed really solid fanbases.

Hockey is still the fourth most popular of the Big Four. But to say the game hasn't grown in the US since 1980 is just insane.
 
2009-02-22 06:01:56 PM
Pffft. Amateurs.

Canada's never been content just to win against the Russkies. We're only content when we're breaking their ankles too.
 
2009-02-22 06:33:58 PM
The commie coach shouldn't have pulled Tretiak.
 
2009-02-22 06:50:24 PM
Dear America:

Since you guys aren't really using all that hockey we gave you, could we please have it back? We miss it.

Hope you are having a great summer!

Sincerely:

Canada
 
2009-02-22 06:53:55 PM
It's easy to say "so?" when you never knew the threat of the Soviets (not Russians, Soviets).

However, it isn't as easy to shut the hell up when you have no idea what you're talking about, as some of you have so ably proved.
 
2009-02-22 06:54:39 PM
/dopers
//ameritards
///etc.
 
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