Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Olympics

I'm pretty pumped about the Winter Olympics. Until I got married and my wife introduced me to the greatness of Olympic sports, I had little to no interest in them. Yeah, when they were in Atlanta I went with my parents to see Boxing (and I got my picture taken with Butterbean...I'll have to post that one later), but I wasn't enthralled with it like I am now.

So, with the opening ceremonies kicking off, I wanted to post the greatest moment in sports history.

This was the equivalent of a college baseball team beating the Yankees. It's watching Appalachian State beat NOT MICHIGAN, but the New Orleans Saints. I would say it's like watching me (from my college years) taking down Roger Federer in a tennis match but the 1980 US Hockey team wasn't THAT awful.

Aside from sport, it was watching the beginning of the end of the Cold War. We beat the Soviets at their own game.

If I remember correctly, this is where the "U-S-A! U-S-A!" chant came from. And I like to believe without THAT chant, we have no "S-E-C! S-E-C!" chant.

If you haven't seen the movie Miracle, add it to your Netflix queue. It ranks just ahead of Cool Runnings in the "Best Olympic Movies" and slightly behind Chariots of Fire.

It also leads to awesome moments in parenthood like this.
...I could eat this child. No seriously, I want to bite him.


MikeInValdosta said...

It was a turning point, a pivot for America.

the first crack in the Iron Curtain was made in Lake Placid!

amanda young said...

One of the greatest moments in Olympic History, also a great call by the commentator, one of the best calls ever..Amanda Vanderpool