Just Give Me A Moment...
I'm intrigued by "moments". They cause me to imagine, ponder, and wonder. By themselves, moments frequently seem arbitrary and insignificant. However, when a series of moments are strung together, they produce an outcome. It doesn't require the mind of a great philosopher to understand that any single moment has the potential to redirect an outcome.
In February 2018, we watched as athletes from around the world competed in the Winter Olympics. Naturally, the Winter Olympics cannot pass without a reminder of the gold medal winning USA hockey team in 1980. That legendary team of young college players (what we know as "professionals" were not allowed to compete in the Olympics in those days) captured the hearts of the country at a time when our collective spirits needed a lift.
In 2004, the movie, "Miracle", detailed the story of how coach Herb Brooks assembled this group and built the team that accomplished the unbelievable objective to win the gold medal. In the process, they upset the seemingly invincible Soviet national team, who had
played together for years and had collected gold medals from the previous four Olympic Games. The Soviets had defeated a team of NHL All-Stars just a few months earlier, and they clobbered the USA by a score of 10-3 just days before the Lake Placid opening ceremonies.
"Miracle" is a very special movie for me, because it allowed me to me to relive the story at the theatre with my son, who was about the same age when the movie was released as I was when the event originally took place. Kurt Russell portrayed Herb Brooks as sort of an evil mastermind. His brutally punishing training tactics were intended to assure that no other team would be in better physical condition at the critical sequences.
" Great moments are born from great opportunities."
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