February 22, 2009, - 2:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Hard to believe that it’s already been 29 years since the USA Hockey Team beat the Soviets in the semi-finals of the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid. But it happened on February 22, 1980.
I’ve written about the “Miracle on Ice” many times, and noted how it’s one of the major events that sparked the Reagan Revolution, from which Americans felt proud to be American again, after the ravaging of the country by Jimmy Carter (it was the tail end of the Carter years). It’s part of a chain of events that gave voters the courage to put an end to Carter liberalism and send Reagan to the White House for the next eight years. As I’ve also noted, it’s one of the main highlights of a film that our hostages in Iran saw upon their release, showing them what they missed while in the captivity of Islamic kidnappers.
As I’ve noted also, these kids were amateurs (mostly from working class, blue collar families), unlike the pros who play in the Olympics today. My friend, Mark Wells, who scored three goals as a member of the US Hockey Team, never made it big. As I’ve written on this site, he lives in the Detroit area where, for years after the Olympic victory, he slaved nights as a shift manager for Ram’s Horn 24-hour Restaurants.
As I always say, too bad there isn’t an Al-Qaeda hockey team (or an Islamic hockey team) for us to beat to get out of the Barack Malaise Days ahead.
Do you believe in miracles?! Not from Obama, I don’t.
Read my review of the movie, “Miracle.”