In the long list of improbable and historic upsets in sports, at or near the top has to be the U.S.A. hockey team's gold-medal performance in the 1980 Olympics.
A bunch of amateurs -- college kids with an average age of 22 -- defeated the vaunted and veteran Soviets, considered the best team anywhere (amateur or professional) with a third-period rally in the semifinals. That game was played in Lake Placid, N.Y., 30 years ago tomorrow (Feb. 22, 1980).
Often forgotten is that the Americans had a rally again in the third period to beat Finland for the gold medal.
The victory, which occurred while the Cold War was still hot, was a huge source of patriotic pride. The chant "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!" got its genesis there.
Hard to believe it's been 30 years.