Talkin’ Sports

With Pat

     The other day Feb. 22 was the anniversary of one of the biggest upset in sport history.  The U.S. Hockey team beat the Russians in Lake Placid New York.  This game is now known as the miracle on ice.  Score USA 4 Russia 3.  The Russian team had won 6 of the previous 7 Olympic gold medals.  This game was not the gold medal game that was played the next day; U.S. beat Finland.
     Some points U.S. team youngest ever average age 21.  Most were college players, only one Buzz Schneider played on the 76’ team.
     The Russian team most were active military played in a well-developed league of world class training facilities.  The Russian team would have 3 players Tretiak, Kharlamov, & Fetisov enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Vladislav Tretiak at the time was considered the best goalie in the world.
     Two days after that loss the Russians beat Sweden 9-2 for the silver medal they were so upset by their loss they did not turn in their medals to have their names in graved.  They would go on to be a force until 91’ with the collapse of Russia.

     One more note- Al Michaels was given the assignment as play-by-play because he was the only member of ABC’s announcing team to have called the sport before.  The game would make him famous winning “Sportscaster of the Year.”  So “Do you believe in Miracles?”  Worked for him right place, right time. 


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Best friends do everything together—including falling in love…
Maya and Cat have been there for each other through thick and thin, the good and the bad, the laughter and the heartache. But with college graduation on the horizon and real life looming, they find themselves facing an uncertain future: one where not even friendship can save them from confusing choices, bad decisions, and the risks of falling in love.
Maya knows that love only leads to pain, and the best relationships are short—one night short. But after waking up with Jake, her best friend’s older brother, in her bed, suddenly things aren’t as cut and dry. Cat and Jake are close, a tight unit since their parents’ death, and Cat will never forgive her if Jake gets hurt. Jake is a firefighter, and is used to running into flames—not away from them, and Maya can’t seem to resist. But she’s already decided her future, and it’s far away from here. The only way to get what she’s always wanted is to burn every bridge behind her, and destroy the possibility of a future with the one man she may be willing to love.
When Cat Jacobs’s parents died while she was in high school, her brother’s best friend Dallas Miller was there to help pick up the pieces. Several years and a looming college graduation later, Cat’s motorcycle-riding, tattooed knight is about to ride off into the sunset—and leave her in his dust. She only has six days to convince him to fulfil her secret fantasy of having him for her first before he’s gone forever. She’s stubborn and he’s tempted, but this is a battle for more than just some time in the bedroom—it’s a fight for both their futures.
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Marion Audrey Grant is fortunate to live in the rugged beauty of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. She's believed in happy endings and true love since she was very young. Later in life, the realization that she had stories of her own to tell would lead her to graduate college with majors in Creative Writing and English. Thanks to her husband’s unending support, she now works as a scribe to the intelligent women and wounded heroes who need their stories told.

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