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Do You Believe in Miracles ... Ye ... Well, Do You?

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I was playing catch on a lazy Friday afternoon, warming up for a chilly practice as a sophomore second baseman on Duncanville High School's baseball team when our coach came running out of the field house:

"We did it! We beat the Russians!!"

Was an upset last night when the U.S. beat Canada, 5-3, eh? But hardly a miracle.

So where were you 30 years ago today - Feb. 22, 1980 - when the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team pulled off what many experts still consider the greatest upset in sports history?

I remember not knowing a dang thing about hockey - some things never change - but rushing home that night to watch U.S.A. 4, U.S.S.R. 3 from Lake Placid, N.Y. on tape delay. It was amazing. Couple weeks before the Russians had dominated the same American team something like, 10-4.

When ABC's Al Michaels capped the shocker with "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!", you would have thought it captured the gold medal. It was just a semifinal, but the Americans beat Finland over the weekend to take tournament.

Other than the Dallas Blackhawks and Fort Worth Texans dropping the gloves at Fair Park Coliseum now and then, hockey was basically a rumor around these parts back then. But the only time I can remember being as shocked at a sporting event outcome was in 1990 when Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson.

Do you remember where you were when the miracle appeared in skates? And can you think of a bigger sports upset?

Whatever, I dare you to watch the video without goose bumps.

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