Last Sunday, Al Michaels was in the broadcast booth for the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. But, as exciting as the game might have been, it still pales in comparison to the game — and the call — that made Michaels famous. It was February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The U.S. Hockey team, made up of all amateurs, was taking on the Soviet Union’s team, which consisted of mostly professionals. It was an Olympic medal round game, and the Soviets were shooting for their sixth gold medal in their last seven tries. When the young U.S. team rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the game, 4-3, Michaels exclaimed, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” Ever since, that game — which Sports Illustrated named the No. 1 sports moment of the 20th century — has been known as the Miracle on Ice. Obviously, Michaels has great memories of that night, and he shared them with us. (Click on the media bar below to hear Al Michaels)
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