The Miracle of vision

A lesson in greatness from Jeopardy! icon Ken Jennings




In one of many memorable scenes from the Disney classic Miracle, Coach Brooks — played pitch-perfect by Kurt Russell — concisely lays out for his players why the Soviets have remained undefeated, and how Team USA can prevail:


“Their main weapon is intimidation. They know they’re going to win, and so do their opponents. Everyone in this room knows what people are saying about our chances. But I also know there is a way to stay with this team. You don’t defend them. You attack them. You take their game and you shove it right back in their face. The team that is finally willing to do this is the team that has a chance to put them down.”


What’s the contemporary relevance of a 15-year-old movie about a 40-year-old game? Because in a different contest, in a different generation, the same strategy produced a similar kind of upset victory.


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