Could it have been any other moment that deserved the title of greatest upset ever?
A group of mangy American college kids who defeated the mighty Soviet hockey team, professionals in name only.
The American coach, Herb Brooks, was more military tactition than X & O strategist. He forced the team to gel together by giving them a common enemy, him.
The U.S. team wasn't the most talented at the 1980 Winter Olympics but they were the most conditioned.
The Soviets played hockey like it was their only purpose, mainly because it was! The communist government controlled them and had their only purpose be to compete and win.
The game was intense mentally and physically. The Soviet coach benched Vladislav Tretiak, the best goalie in the world, after a 2-2 score. The final score read 4-3 and was greeted with an eruption of fanfare in the arena.
Names like Craig, McClanahan, and Eruzione echoed throughout the hockey world when they won Olympic gold two days later when they beat Finland.
All they needed was a little motivation as Brooks said before the game, "If you lose this game, you'll take it to your [expletive] graves."