I was watching President Obama’s first press conference just the other day. I have to say, I felt more depressed after watching it than when I first turned the TV on.
Nothing against our president, mind you. I really hope that President Obama sets this country right and takes care of our very large problems. But the doom and gloom talk started taking a toll. I needed to get out of my funk so I decided to remember things that remind me of how great our country really is and the people, places, and events that make it so…
29 years ago, on Feb. 22, a sporting event took place that completely changed the outlook of our nation. The result of this match restored hope to a wounded people, gave promise to the future to those who had none, and completely reversed a mental decline that had gripped our country by the throat for several years.
The USA Olympic men’s hockey team defeat of the Soviet Union, 4-3, at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games.
We all remember that group of very young, but talented, American college hockey players and how they defeated one of the greatest sports powerhouses of all time—the Soviet Union ice hockey team. What made this accomplishment even more significant was the impact it had on our country as a whole—it was the first step we all took together to look forward with confidence.
But to put things into perspective, let’s take a stroll down 1980 memory lane…
President Carter signed legislation approving a $1.5 billion loan to help bail out the Chrysler Corporation.
The FBI was busy fishing for crooked Congressmen via the Abscam sting operation.
The Sandinistas took over Nicaragua.
The Soviet Union had recently invaded Afghanistan.
The Iran Hostage Crisis was in its 108th day.
The U.S. dollar was at an all-time low.
Interest rates reached high double digits.
Unemployment was rising.
Sounds a bit like today, doesn’t it?
There are a lot of people out there that have lost homes, savings, jobs, pride, and worst of all—hope. There is precious little for many to cling to and most of us shake our heads in disbelief at how bad the situation really is.
But there is hope.
29 years ago a team of very young Americans showed us that there is always hope.
With blades and sticks they took on and bested one of the greatest sports dynasties ever.
They showed us that with hard work, passion, and teamwork, anything can be accomplished.
We’ll get through these tough times just like we have in the past. All we need to do is remember the lesson a bunch of kids taught us almost three decades ago…