Monday, February 22, 2010
Today is the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, the U.S. men's ice hockey team's historic upset of the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. I remember that day very well. I was 13, in the eighth grade, and a huge hockey fan. It was a Friday. The game was played in the afternoon, after I got home from school. What a lot of people don't remember is that ABC didn't broadcast the game live. It was tape-delayed until that night.
I was dying to know how the game was going, but my only option was to listen to CBS Radio News on KYW every hour for updates. Ah, life before the Internets. When I heard the U.S. had won, I freaked out. It made watching the game that night a lot less stressful. (If they'd lost, of course, I wouldn't have watched at all.)