MIRACLE WHIP OF SOVIETS NEVER SEEMS TO SPOIL: Today marks the 27th anniversary of the U.S. Olympic Hockey team’s Miracle On Ice.
For those who yearn to relive America’s finest sports moment sans Al Michaels, here’s a different audio perspective: running commentary by ABC Radio sports reporter Curt Chaplin, who was covering the game from a camera platform at the Lake Placid rink:
And from an amusing point-of-view, here’s how the final seconds play out as pictured on Nintendo’s old NES system:
In the HBO documentary ‘Do You Believe In Miracles?’, the momentous significance of the game isn’t lost on team captain and game hero Mike Eruzione, who scored the winning goal: ‘As my friends say to me to this day, 3 more inches to the left, you’d be painting bridges.’
Also metioned in the program, the Olympic organizers tried to move the scheduled game start from 5 p.m. Eastern to a later 8 p.m. But the Soviets refused, so the contest was shown on tape-delay.
Thus, the eagerly anticipated matchup between Cold War superpowers wasn’t broadcast live on prime time network TV for millions to view. Much like today’s NHL.