Miracle on Ice Part 2?

Not sure that the greatest sports moment in this countries history could ever be duplicated, but there are many similarities between the game last Saturday and the game in 1980.  Here are some similarities and differences:

The state of the country: In 1980, Iranian revolutionaries were holding 52 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The nation was still reeling from the Vietnam War, Watergate, an economic recession and a scarcity of gasoline leading to the infamous gas rationing. In a televised speech, President Jimmy Carter declared that America was experiencing a "crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will."  Right now we are still fighting a lingering war in the middle east that the public doesn't seem to care about anymore, the economy is in the toilet, our national leaders can't be trusted, and it has been far too long since Americans as a whole have had anything to really be proud of.  Advantage: Tie

Rosters: No it is not the same as a Soviet team that can beat NHL all stars (pretty much because it is made up of NHL all stars), but there are some of the best players in the world on their roster, including in goal just like in 1980.  The makeup of the US roster is nothing like it was in 1980, and this fact alone is maybe what makes the 1980 game one that can never be duplicated. Advantage: 1980

Odds:  In the 1980 game the Soviet Union was +1750 favorites (for you non-gamblers that means that if you bet 100 dollars, you would win 1750), the game on Saturday Russia was +130 favorites (meaning if you bet 100, you would win only 130).  Advantage: 1980

The Game:  The actual games both lived up to the hype and they boath ended up with a 1 goal difference, but the difference is that the game on Saturday went into overtime, and not just an overtime but an extremely dramatic overtime that will be talked about for years to come.  Advantage: 2014

The controversy:  Both of these games had a moment of controversy, not nearly as much in 1980 though as this past Saturday.  The game in 1980 had a goal scored with 1 second to go that had to be reviewed, while the game on Saturday had a goal disallowed because the net had moved.  The goal was put on the board and then eventually taken off.  Advantage: 2014

The Conspiracy: There has been a conspiracy that the USSR "took a dive" in 1980 when they pulled the best goalie in the world and allowed the USA to win.  Since the game on Saturday the ref has been accused of fixing the game by not only the president, but also people have been protesting at the US embassy.  Advantage: 2014

The Hero:  I hate using the term hero in sports because I believe the same as TJ Oshie that the real heroes wear camo, but the term is somewhat fitting when you represent your country in my opinion.  In 1980 it was a kid that barely made the cut, and most people had never heard of.  He ended up scoring the game winning goal against the Soviet Union.  On Saturday TJ Oshie, a kid that barely made the cut, basically put the country on his back and scored 1 shootout goal after another keeping the game alive, until he finally scored the game winner after an extended shootout period.  Advantage: 2014

The End:  The 1980 game ended with Jim Craig turning back 1 shot after another, standing tall in the goal crushing the spirit of the soviets, the call of "Do you believe in miracles" still goes down as the best call in sports history.  The 2014 game ended with a kid that a lot of people didn't even think should have been on the team finally winning the game as mentioned above.  Advantage: Tie


After the 1980 game the Soviet Union eventually fell apart and our country rebounded and found much better times.  At this moment the impact of this game on Saturday and what it did for this country doesn't even look close to what the game in 1980 did, but then again there is still a few games left in this Olympics.  We are far from favorites to win the gold, but on Saturday there were 6.4 million people that watched a kid refuse to lose time after time at about 6:30 in the morning.  This hockey team might not give people the hope or reason to believe like the 1980 team did, but on Saturday morning for a short time, all that mattered was that the United States beat Russia, and when it happened, it felt good, isn't that the purpose of sports anyways?