Sunday, February 21, 2010

Remembering the Miracle

This a brief recap of my day - rather boring.

For breakfast I made oatmeal with raisins.

Lunch was a bowl of sliced pineapple, a small handful of nuts and the rest of the Black Bean chili.

I had a few spoonfuls of mango sorbet, too.

Dinner was at Ko Sushi for miso, edamame, salad, and a vegetable roll.

Clearly, my fall-back meals are too often vegetable sushi rolls, and also bread with my hummus. Tonight I decided that I am going to give up both of those for the rest of Lent!

And how 'bout the USA Olympic hockey team? Great win over Canada! Great game! And I love their vintage uniforms celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Miracle on Ice! With mostly NHL players on the teams in these modern Olympics I really miss the true amateurs of back in the day, and what that win meant over the Soviets!

I remember that great day 30 years ago - I actually missed it since I was with my older brother at a High School basketball game. But a few people had transistor radios, and both sides of the the gymnasium started chanting "U-S-A, U-S-A." It still gives me chills! I remember Team USA losing to the USSR just days before the start of the Olympics in an exhibition game 10-3. I was just 11 years old and such a beating in hockey meant losing the Cold War was not far behind. So to beat the Russians in the actual Olympics was nation lifting! I remember watching on the countless replays on the news of the dramatic last 10 seconds, and the U.S. head coach heading to the locker room immediately afterwards and asking my father why - "So the team can enjoy the win themselves." That stuck with me. And when they beat Finland for the gold medal I remember goalie Jim Craig skating with the American flag draped over him before it became de rigueur for every U.S. athlete, and reading his lips as he looked in the stands, "Where's my father?" In fact, I have a limited edition bottle of Maker's Mark Bourbon with a Jim Craig's autograph that a boss gave me after closing a big advertising deal a few years ago.

Remember the miracle!


hebba said...

Oh, I still get chills when I see that. I still see myself sitting on our living room floor and my dad yelling "They won! I can't believe it! They won!"

And yeah, I was thinking of that while I watched tonite's game though the circumstances are completely different.

That was some damn good hockey tonite. The Russian/ Chek game earlier was just boring.

Don't the olympics just rock?

Terrence said...

Indeed, Hebba, indeed!

Terrence said...

By the way, did the video come out alright? It seems to stop alot on me.