Video: Miracle Improbability on ice!

posted at 1:10 pm on February 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

An instant classic to cleanse the palate on the 30th anniversary of the miracle at Lake Placid. You can watch all eight goals here but Mediaite’s got the clip of the only one you need — Ryan Kesler’s diving empty-netter with less than a minute left to kill Canada’s comeback and put the game away. As of last night, the U.S. hadn’t beaten Canada on Olympic ice since 1960 (they didn’t play in 1980); as of this morning, they’re the number-one seed in the elimination round and the host country’s on track for an unlikely, unwelcome showdown with Russia in the quarterfinals. Both were expected to medal but now one won’t even make the semis. If Russia knocks them off, expect mass suicides up north.

The star for Team America: Goalie Ryan Miller, who sometimes looked like he was playing Canada by himself. Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

Update: America’s most famous hockey mom rejoices.


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Curling!

I was looking for the Guinness table on the ice and the bowls of pretzels….

ted c on February 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Do you believe in improbabilities?

Ha!

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 1:13 PM

If Russia knocks them off, expect mass suicides up north.

Canada’s governemnt run health care suddenly to become solvent again,

WashJeff on February 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

I got hooked on curling two Winter Games ago. That’s a whole lot of good sport.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I’m glad I don’t care about sports, although I like rodeo to watch the animals, not the people, perform.
But kudos to the US.
I cannot see that curling is even interesting, but then there are people who watch birds & I think that is boring as hell.
To each his own.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The Kesler goal was an amazing play. Miller was under siege the last few minutes (the whole game, actually) and I feared Canada would have tied it with the man advantage.

Even if you don’t like hockey you had to appreciate the intensity of the game.

JammieWearingFool on February 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM

great game…this was no allstar game…played like game 7 of the cup finals.

joepub on February 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Curling should not be an Olympic Sport, when you can compete at the Olympics while 5-months pregnant then it has become a parody of itself

saltydogg14 on February 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM

In fact curling’s on right now on the USA network. If you don’t have any work to do, of course.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Great clip thanks.

ted c on February 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Miracle on Ice part two?

30 years ago today, the nation’s mood went from despair to confidence. I will never forget that game and what it meant to the USA. I have not missed an Olympics since.

Eerily similar time we are seeing today. Despair has set in once again, time for another miracle.

Go USA!

rukiddingme on February 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

I love watching Curling. I got into it when we were stationed in Holland.

milwife88 on February 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

If in the women’s curling the women are on their knees with a brush scrubbing the ice, I’ll watch. ;-)

WashJeff on February 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

iced.

moonbatkiller on February 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

Now that’s beta!

JetBoy on February 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM

An awesomely awesome victory. I was pacing the floor in the last few minutes of the game.

NebCon on February 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Obama will take credit for it.

BHO Jonestown on February 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Curling is awesome. If you can play it drunk, though, it’s not a sport.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

How about them Norwegian Curling pants?

/Just had put in a plug for my countrymen.

Norwegian on February 22, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Exit admission: As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

Yeah well we’ve got you beat there! – undefeated so far and hoping to stay that way.

Go Team Canada!

CityFish on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

David Pinto, at Baseball Musings does live curling blogging.

Great game last night. Full of energy. I’m amazed the US got 5 goals, (well, 4) against Brodeur.

If the Canadians all commit suicide, can we sneak over the border and grab all their Labatts?

rbj on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

The similarities between the two games are striking. Take out the empty net goal (the Russians did not pull their goalie in 1980, which was inexplicable in and of itself) and both scores would have been 4-3. The shots on goal were similarly lopsided. Russia had 39 to USA’s 16, Canada had 45 to USA’s 23. Both goalies were “player of the game.” Both offensive heroes were unexpected, Eruzione in 1980 and Rafalski in 2010.

Capitalist Infidel on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Now that’s beta!

JetBoy on February 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM

It’s a bar game, no beta

Doctor Zhivago on February 22, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Curling is cool, especially when it’s the Danish women’s team. *yum*

Bishop on February 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I love watching Curling. I got into it when we were stationed in Holland.

milwife88 on February 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Curling is like shuffleboard, meets darts, meets cleaning, meets broom hockey…. I love watching them play with a large granite block.

Have you ever seen “How it’s made”, when they make the curling stone. Freaking cool!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

If the Canadians all commit suicide, can we sneak over the border and grab all their Labatts?

rbj on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

ewww Canadian beer sucks

Doctor Zhivago on February 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I find the curling crushingly dull but did enjoy the Danish women’s team.

JammieWearingFool on February 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

If you can play it drunk, though, it’s not a sport.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Doesn’t that make it more of a sport?

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

This may be comparable to the 1996 World Cup if they pull it off in the medal round. They were allowed to drop the gloves in that tournament though.

forest on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

If you can play it drunk, though, it’s not a sport.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Aww to be fair, I’ve seen a lot of cowboys ride broncs better when they’re drunk & from the brandings I’ve been to, drunk cowboy accidents result in less injuries than the sober ones do! LOL!
But that probably has more to do with the body’s muscles on auto pilot after doing the same thing for so many years.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Almighty! Are you trying to sound like a candy ass now?

livefreerdie on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

“If Russia knocks them off, expect mass suicides up north.”

As word spread of the loss…

… you could hear a pin drop in the Olympic village.

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Rywall’s tears are delicious.

Abby Adams on February 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM

It’s a bar game, no beta

Doctor Zhivago on February 22, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Perhaps beta males go to martini bars?

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

USA Vs. Canada in curling right now! 3 to 2 Canada.

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Curling; there’s something about a bunch of hot women rolling a nipple shaped object down a strip of ice and scrubbing the floor that turns me on.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Rywall’s tears are delicious.

Abby Adams on February 22, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Come now. Does he really get out of his mom’s basement enough to see a hockey game?

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

We beat you in hockey and we beat you in health care, too.

Emperor Norton on February 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

There is a pregnant curler. Lorien… what did you do?

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

The funny thing is, most Americans probably now know that the US beat Canada last night.

But had the US lost, most Americans probably wouldn’t have known there was a game last night at all.

YYZ on February 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Perhaps beta males go to martini bars?

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

no puking on the ice

Doctor Zhivago on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Come now. Does he really get out of his mom’s basement enough to see a hockey game?

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Now that’s very forward. I hereby chisten you an Alpha.

:-)

Abby Adams on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Wouldn’t it be cool to have the cleaning contract for the curling rings…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

If the Canadians all commit suicide, can we sneak over the border and grab all their Labatts?

rbj on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Let’s just take their oil shales!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:29 PM

It was 2am, curling was on. I couldn’t help myself!

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Let’s just take their oil shales!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Don’t forget their wood.

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Abby Adams on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

My husband always said that in my last life I must have been a man bcs I don’t sugarcoat things!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

rbj on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

We could go wait in line for 6 months for a doctor’s visit. :P

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

It was 2am, curling was on. I couldn’t help myself!

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Lorien, I thinks you has some eslainin to do!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Let’s just take their oil shales!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Because we cannot get our own!

WashJeff on February 22, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Don’t forget their wood.

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Bcs God knows you can’t cut wood here.
It would ruin things for the spotted owl, & the endangered something-or-other.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Did you watch the Canadian vs Danish women’s curling match? The Canadian girls were yelling “Hard hard hard” at the sweepers after launching the rock down the ice.

I think the Danish girls were too….at least I like to imagine they were even though I couldn’t understand their language.

Ahhh, curling.

*switches off male pig attitude*

Bishop on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Obama will take credit for it.

BHO Jonestown on February 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Nope. He has already apologized to Canada for the Us victory and has dispatched Hillary to Ottawa to discuss monetary recompense.

Yoop on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I can’t believe I was lucky enough to catch this yesterday. Miller was quick as a cat, and with what 42 shots to 21 he stood tall!

MechEng5by5 on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Beating a Canadian in hockey is harder than a Republican beating a Democrat in Massachusetts.

bluesman on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Do you believe in improbabilities?

I prefer to call them “statistical outliers”.

My collie says:

Too bad AllahPundit can’t bring himself to believe in miracles.

CyberCipher on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Heh. Good for him. Lots of guys just can’t seem to handle a straightforward woman. :-)

Abby Adams on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Well, maybe I should watch the Olympics. Haven’t watched any.

/ducks to avoid snowballs

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Because we cannot get our own!

WashJeff on February 22, 2010 at 1:32 PM

It’s comin’.
Sooner or later we’ll get our own bcs I do not see wind & solar powering our cars.
When oil hits high enough, even Gore will advocate drilling & home.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

If you can play it drunk, though, it’s not a sport.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Doesn’t that make it more of a sport?

Weight of Glory on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

That’s always been my understanding.

uknowmorethanme on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Are yuo kidding? A Nation that has a “Club the Seal” day worried about little owls in the woods?

If they wanna save something, they may want to think of their people! *wink*

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Well, maybe I should watch the Olympics. Haven’t watched any.

/ducks to avoid snowballs

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

/ducking behind you
I have NEVER watched them on purpose & NEVER intend to.
BORING.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Curling kicks a**! Seriously, i don’t know why it’s so fun to watch, but it is.

clearbluesky on February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

As amazing as the game was, my heart still belongs to curling.

Too bad John Shuster like\’s to choke at the end of each game.

Lance Murdock on February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Did anyone else laugh whenever they heard “Nedermeyer!”…kept thinking of Animal House.

MechEng5by5 on February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

CyberCipher on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Missed that editorial headline. Is kind of over the top. How hard is it to write “Miracle”?

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM

*switches off male pig attitude*

Bishop on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Bishop… so how about that male figure skater?

*waits for the pigs to fly*

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM

JESUS SAVES, drops it back to Orpik, Orpik shovels it up to Rafalski, Rafalski shoots he scores!

Whatta game, whatta game!

badpenguin on February 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Nope. He has already apologized to Canada for the Us victory and has dispatched Hillary to Ottawa to discuss monetary recompense.

Yoop on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Let me guess — he said something like, “I don’t have all the facts, but clearly the U.S. Olympic hockey team acted stupidly.”

My collie says:

He’d better hurry up with that monetary recompense. I figure that the U.S. dollar will be absolutely worthless by the day after tomorrow.

CyberCipher on February 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Lots of guys just can’t seem to handle a straightforward woman. :-)

Abby Adams on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

He still can’t-but secretly likes it, I think.
He does win hands down in roping a cow or bull, though.
I am a wuss there. I just ride & work as the hired hand-fewer worries! LOL!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Bishop on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

the japanese team is incredibly hot. I dunno if they are doing well or not, but when they go down on the since and slide that nipple…oh yeah. And the yelling to sweep harder and faster….oh yeah.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

I love sports too–watching and participating. The Winter Olympics……I’ll leave it at no comment.

Although, I did watch the SLC Olympics. Probably because it was right after 9-11 and in the US. I prefer the Summer Olympics myself.

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:38 PM

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:38 PM

The mens gymnastics team… HAWT!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Seriously, i don’t know why it’s so fun to watch, but it is.

clearbluesky on February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I don’t know either. And I guess I have to take your word for it.
But unless curling teams start sporting naked hunky cowboy competitors with cool mustaches, I’ll have to pass on watching.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

You know, I never really noticed watching in the NHL, the ducks players ghetzlaf and perry rough goalies. A lot…

I’m a Sharks fan, so I always chalked that bias up to being a homer, but these guys are worthless.

liquidflorian on February 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I also 4-got to mention that these cowboys should not be entirely naked while curling-wearing chaps or chinks is reccomended.

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

If in the women’s curling the women are on their knees with a brush scrubbing the ice, I’ll watch. ;-)

WashJeff on February 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM

As I said the other day, the Danish womens team is HOT!

I watched this game yesterday. Rick Nash is a brute, but we took it to Canada and in the end we got the last laugh. I also thought it was awesome everytime the Canadians started chanting “CAN-A-DA, CAN-A-DA” the USA fans countered with an almost equally loud “U-S-A, U-S-A”. My wife started singing “Blame Canada” right around the time Crosby scored the power play goal. The whole game was electric i loved it.

alohapundit on February 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I find the curling crushingly dull but did enjoy the Danish women’s team.

JammieWearingFool on February 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Giggity!

uknowmorethanme on February 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Is this almost as good as the open Olympic thread you have been asking for?

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Curling kicks a**! Seriously, i don’t know why it’s so fun to watch, but it is.

clearbluesky on February 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Did you watch the Canadian vs Danish women’s curling match? The Canadian girls were yelling “Hard hard hard” at the sweepers after launching the rock down the ice.

Ahh, maybe that’s why it’s so fun to watch….

clearbluesky on February 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

No boots or spurs!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

As a hockey mom and die hard hockey fan, I love, LOVE that you posted this! It will make me think kindlier of you the next time you post something too “beta male”.

varnson on February 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

30 years ago today, the nation’s mood went from despair to confidence. I will never forget that game and what it meant to the USA. I have not missed an Olympics since.
rukiddingme on February 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM

30 years ago, we also had a America-Hating Prez, and then came Morning in America…..I likes the implications of that!

Great game last night. Full of energy. I’m amazed the US got 5 goals, (well, 4) against Brodeur.

rbj on February 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Marty Brodeur is the most overrated goalie in NHL history…..the only reason he’s been so consistently “good”, statistically, is because he’s had meathead Neanderthal defensemen (i.e. Scott Stevens), in front of him at NJ for years. That, and the utterly slanted, brown-nosed coverage that NHL teams like Boston, Detroit and Philly get from ESPN and John Buccigross…..

dmh0667 on February 22, 2010 at 1:42 PM

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Wait, are you secretly Canadian not Alaskan? It’s not a-boot the sore-ees, it’s a-boot the loonies.

I keed, I keed.

alohapundit on February 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Ahh, maybe that’s why it’s so fun to watch….

clearbluesky on February 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

I love it when they put just the right amount of spin on the nipple as they slide it down the nice. They know how I like it.

lorien1973 on February 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

alohapundit on February 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

shhhh… I have two options if America is taken over. Run to Canada or Russia. Who do you think I would run too?

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:44 PM

And yes, I believe in Miracles.

They’re more fun, and more probable, than improbabilities.

ted c on February 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What a match. Great result. Go USA…

Why did it take so long to get a mention here?

lexhamfox on February 22, 2010 at 1:45 PM

The mens gymnastics team… HAWT!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

And the men’s swim team. Don’t forget the swim team!

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM

No boots or spurs!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

No need. There’s plenty of ropes, tethers, bridle bits, saddle horns, and all those other leather restraints and…

Oh… sorry… she was talking about curling. Carry on.

Yoop on February 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM

CyberCipher on February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Missed that editorial headline. Is kind of over the top. How hard is it to write “Miracle”?

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Am I seeing things? Did AP just update the headline with Miracle?

conservative pilgrim on February 22, 2010 at 1:48 PM

No boots or spurs!

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Boots are OK-the hot look is boots, hat & chinks-that’s IT.
LOL!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

alohapundit on February 22, 2010 at 1:43 PM

We have ways of making you pronounce the letter O, pal.

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I know coaches hate it but the kind of pond hockey that was played last night makes for good watching. Seriously – three breakaways, back-to-back-to-back? I’ve never seen that happen before.

Miller was square to the shooters all night and Brodeur was clearly a man past his prime. He shows flashes of greatness but I’m not sure why he’s on the roster at all.

The teams actually match up pretty well so I do expect to see them meet again in the gold medal game. Unless the Russians decide to play as a team, in which case Team Canada could be in trouble.

landshark on February 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I can’t believe nobody said “YES!”

Hockey is the only sport that matters in the O’s … Curling? Pffftt c’mon. I wish they’d make MMA an O sport.

Tony737 on February 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I find the curling crushingly dull but did enjoy the Danish women’s team.

JammieWearingFool on February 22, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Well the Danes do have one rather large lady on the team, if that is what you are into. :p

Lance Murdock on February 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Or maybe Wranglers & boots & hat are OK-but no SHIRT.
Boy my husband is gonna be happy with me when he gets home!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Well the Danes do have one rather large lady on the team, if that is what you are into. :p

Lance Murdock on February 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM

HEY!
Everyone needs sum lovin’!

Badger40 on February 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM

We have ways of making you pronounce the letter O, pal.

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM

How? By singing the Canadian National Antheme?

Oh Cana-Duha!

canfor is going to kick me.

upinak on February 22, 2010 at 1:51 PM

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