1. Do You Believe in Miracles?
"Eleven seconds, you've got 10 seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? ... Yes!"
Merriam-Webster defines "miracle" as "an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs." And to a nation unsure of its confidence, Team USA's 1980 Olympic hockey victory over the Soviet Union truly did seem ordained from heaven. With Iran having taken dozens of American hostages just three months earlier, the country united in pride over a victory in a silly little hockey game on Feb. 22, 1980. When Team USA, made up entirely of amateurs, beat the quasi-professional Soviets, 4-3, on Mike Eruzione's famous third-period goal, the national mood exploded into giddiness.
Battling back from three one-goal deficits in a semifinal game in which they were outshot, 39-16, the Americans finally took the lead when Eruzione scored with exactly 10 minutes left. "But those were a long, long, long 10 minutes," said ABC broadcaster Al Michaels, who made the call. "That clock just seemed to be in quicksand." When the puck squirted out to center ice in the closing seconds, Michaels said: "The only thing I can think back upon ... is the word that came into my head was miraculous, and it got turned into a question and I answered it."
Do we believe in miracles? You bet.