Mike Cope's blog

Monday, February 16, 2004

We saw "Miracle" this weekend. Now THAT is a movie!! Can't you still hear Al Michaels uttering what is now one of the most famous lines in sports broadcasting history: "Do you believe in miracles?" The whole nation was frustrated by the plight of 52 hostages in Tehran. Yellow ribbons were appearing on mailboxes, truck antennaes, ponytails--as well as around old oak trees--as a kind of communal prayer for the return of the hostages. Jimmy Carter was pleading with us to be people of character, committed to building a future with hope. Here are a few words from the SI obit for coach Herb Brooks when he died, at the age of 66, this past summer: Brooks' leadership helped turn a ragtag team into champions. He had hand-picked each player. "You're looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back," Brooks once said. "I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country." Interviewed years later on why he headed to the locker room shortly after the Miracle on Ice, he said he wanted to leave the ice to his players, who deserved it. "It was not my spot. I always say sort of flippantly, 'I had to go to the bathroom.' Or, 'If I'd have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something.' It's a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment."


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