I was 2 weeks old so no personal memories of it. But it's a story you never get tired of.
OT: 33 years ago today
First, the moment wasn't live broadcast. By the time of the telecast some 3 hours later, the outcome was known. More people watched just to see how the heck it happened.
Second, events like the Iran Hostage crisis were occurring and Americans were hungry for some national pride.
Third, we didn't have much info on the USSR and their sports teams were robots. Iron curtain.
It was good vs evil and the good guys desperately needed a win. Cue the music . . .
In Winter 1980 I was a Michigan Junior, and I remember watching the game in the morning on cable in a house on Hill Street. I really can't tell you whether or not the game was live, but in pre-internet days, things were different. (IIRC, for whatever reason, we had the channel and were watching live.) It was an incredible experience.
I am not enough of a hockey fan to know all the intricacies and relative strengths of different teams, and will defer to many others. However, I will concur to say that this was one of those rare events that many Americans agreed upon in terms of rooting interests. Unlike figure skating and the other typical "Olympic" sports, Hockey was something many sports fans could get behind. And yes, there was definitely the sense that the Americans were playing over their heads, and that winning this game was inconceivable.
I did think of one potential analogy, by the way. The Dream Team vs. all comers. The USA Olympic Basketball Team with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, and a few more was a juggernaut. That team was so overwhelming that the competition was no competition . . . the other teams were just happy to be on the court vs. basketball royalty.
and watched it live in Bursley. Had a bunch of High School buddies in town. Too drunk to remember what happened after we won!
30 years ago today i was born at osu medical center and have been running from my past ever since...now someone kindly upvote me to 100 so i can stop running.
my goodness. the debate over who was right or wrong in the cold war misses the point. everyone who is old enough to remember that game grew up hiding under their desks in school because of the fear from a russian nuclear attack. whether you hate communism or love it or are indifferent to it, you have to understand that people who are old enough to remember 1980 were terrified of it. and terrified of the soviets. period. thats why this is a bigger deal than all the other upsets you could list.
As a Lake Placid resident, I drive by the Herb Brooks arena/1980 rink every day. In fact, I work across the street from it. When our school has an evacuation drill, we all walk across the street to the arena and sit in the stadium where it all happened. We enter at the athletes' entrance and walk right out through the tunnel the teams came out of. Some of the younger people at school joke about it, but to be honest, I can still get chills, probably because I'm old enough to remember the game (and the Sweden game on Sunday).
But I thought Rocky beating Ivan Drago was a much bigger upset.
Thank you Herb