Q&A: Mike Eruzione
I remember what an honor it was because when you think about it, Eric Heiden probably should have been Sportsman of the Year. But it was a great honor, obviously, because there are so many great athletes and so many great moments, especially in an Olympic year. I think when
I hear all the time about where people were when we won and I love it. Because it's from people who thought they were genuinely there. When people come up to me they'll say "I remember when we beat the Russians." They say the word we. They were not on the team but they felt a part of it. I think that is what separates us. I always get calls when some team accomplishes something and people will ask, Does it remind you of 1980? When they do these polls for the greatest sports moment, they should just retire our moment. Because there are not many athletic achievements that capture a nation. When the Red Sox win a World Series, I am excited because I live in Boston but New York is not happy. With the Olympic Games, it's a nation, and in 1980 a whole nation felt a part of our victory. If we had played the Soviets 10 more times, we probably would have lost nine times. But this was more than a hockey game.