It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years .... February 22, 1980...
Did you know...this is the only Sports Illustrated cover, not to have an accompanying headline?
(Okay, I didn't know that either til I heard it on ESPN the other day. Also, that Jamie "Klinger" Farr was at that game - his tickets, though, were in the USSR section!)
As for me...as I posted in the Olympic thread...30 years ago today, I recall hearing the news on the radio, driving from where I was living in Whittier down the 5 freeway in late afternoon, to work a Friday private party night at a certain theme park we all know, when we heard that the unimaginable had happened...
A group of U.S. amateurs had beaten the by-any-definition professional Soviet Red Army hockey team in the semi-finals at Lake Placid. That got them into the gold medal game with Finland, which was won two days later.
No live TV then, either. It was shown at 11:30PM on the West Coast. A group of New Orleans Main Kitchen employees gathered around a TV set at about 1:30AM in a closed employees cafeteria to happily watch the final moments of a game we all knew the outcome to.
I didn't hear Al Michaels classic "Do You Believe In Miracles" on ABC til later...we were all too busy cheering at the time...quite a memory.
If you remember that time, what are your memories? Or if you've merely read and heard about it or seen the Disney movie or whatever, your thoughts are welcome too!
Since this event had such a profound effect on the nation beyond the world of sport, I thought this forum would be appropriate.