On Friday, February 22, 1980 I was in my senior year of college and like most Friday afternoons, I was either pouring beer at the SGA sponsored Rathskellar ( and I was on SGA) or more likely at the Red Hat on the corner of Bowdoin and Cambridge streets on Beacon Hill. The US hockey team was playing Russia in the medal round that day and from what I can remember, nobody was paying much attention, even in a hockey mad town like Boston. If we were at the Red Hat, we might have been watching the game and by watching, I mean the bartender probably had a tiny black and white tv behind the bar and we were down the other end of the room at our usual tables, we checked the score occasionally when someone went to the bar for another round. I don’t remember a big deal being made of it, but most likely we had written ourselves out of the picture and didn’t think we would evah BEAT the RUSSIANS… NEVAH EVAH!
But beat them we did, and the US team moved on to win the gold on Sunday afternoon. So yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” and while sitting in the nail salon on Saturday afternoon, I saw the beginning of ESPN’s 30 for 30 treatment of the game.
If you haven’t heard of 30 for 30, ESPN commissioned a bunch of films (30) on different sports moments etc. I have not seen all of them, but the ones I have seen have been exceptional. This one is no exception. Highly recommended and can be found in repeats on ESPN I’m sure!
Here’s the link to the preview. Enjoy!