So small a chance was given the US team that the game was not even aired live in the United States. Those who lived near Canada could watch it on CTV, but ABC was showing some other Olympic event at the time. They would, however, air the game later that night. The Soviets scored first, then the US, then the Soviets, then the US making the score 2-2 and the end of 1. The soviets scored the lone goal in in the 2nd period meaning it was 3-2 going into the 3rd. The Us scored almost midway into the period before Mike Eruzione scored with 10 minutes to going giving David its first lead of the night. That lead would stick.
Eventually, the game got down to minutes remaining and the Soviets pulled their keeper. The United States team did not even practice five on six before the game because their coach did not think this would ever be possible. But lo and behold David kept the puck away from Goliath long enough, which lead to the most immortal quote in US sports history;“11 seconds, you’ve got 10 seconds, the countdown going on right now! Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles?! YES!!!”
The US was outshot 39-16, but who cares, nobody remembers that, people barely remember that we then beat Finland in another upset to win gold. But people remember the image the graced the cover of SI that did not need words, people remember the call, people remember the image of Eruzione throwing his hands in the air, people remember a Victory over the USSR during the cold war, people remember the Greatest upset in sports history.
Other Upsets which shook the world:
1. Appalachian State over Michigan: Just read that again. FBS App State walks into the big house blocks to late field goals and stuns the Wolverines on opening day. Imagine being the guy who blocked the potential game winning kick for Michigan and running back the other way. I imagine that’s what pure bliss feels like.
2. Chaminade over Virginia: Chances are you’ve never of this. That’s because Chaminade is an 800 person school in Hawaii. Virginia was the undisputed number one team headlined by seven footer Ralph Sampson. They only played Virginia because it was the Maui invitational, and they automatically got a bid. They won 77-72 in the game my dad says, “if they played a million more times Chaminade would not have lost by less than 30 once.”
3. Jets over Colts: Those New York teams sure do know how to spoil a Miracle Season don’t they. The lowly AFC and its representative, the Jets, were not given a chance against the NFC, and its representative, the Colts. At this time the NFC title game was more of a challenge than the superbowl, or so most thought. Namath made his famous guarantee, and played well enough as the Jets shocked the Colts.