Saturday, January 23, 2010

Technical Issues and Two Men from Massachusetts

So my internet connection decided to play with me and cut itself off...on an election night, no less. Thank God for AM radio and the Geek Squad at BestBuy.
Barrels of ink have already been spilled over Senator-Elect Scott Brown's (R., MA) victory over Martha Coakley on January 19th. Listening to the radio that night as he gave his victory speech, I thought of another "Miracle" that was capped off by an ordinary guy from Massacusetts: The famous "Miracle on Ice" at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York in 1980. Thirty years ago next month, Mike Eruzione, captain of the U.S. hockey team, scored the final goal in America's semifinal against the U.S.S.R. The score put the U.S. up 4-3 with ten minutes to play. If you've never seen (or heard) Al Michaels' call of the final seconds of that game, get yourself over to YouTube and hear it. If you have, listen to it again.
Eruzione's goal put the U.S. over a team that many at the time considered unbeatable. The Soviet team had won the hockey gold medal in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. However, as that game proved, no one is unbeatable. Even Democrats in Massachusetts.

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