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The 1980 Miracle on Ice

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
ESPN Classic's 'Do You Believe in Miracles'

With the holiday season upon us, ESPN Classic celebrates some of the best moments in sports history with a Classic presentation of "Do You Believe in Miracles" on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25. Beginning with Joe Namath's Super Bowl III guarantee of a Jets victory which brought instant credibility to the AFL and concluding with USA Hockey's Miracle on Ice victory over the USSR in 1980, ESPN Classic captures some of the most incredible performances that make Americans so passionate about sports. Here's the complete schedule:
All times Eastern

Joe Namath
Jets quarterback Joe Namath backed up his boast in Super Bowl III.
Classic "Do You Believe in Miracles"
Tues.-Wed., Dec. 24-25

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Noon - NFL's Greatest Games
Super Bowl III: Jets vs. Colts
"When the Game Changed"

He was "Broadway" Joe Namath, the guy who guaranteed a Super Bowl victory for a three-touchdown underdog New York Jets team -- and then delivered. He was a charismatic presence who became a larger-than-life figure. At 21, he was a star. At 25, he was a legend. The Jets' 16-7 upset of the Baltimore Colts on Jan. 12, 1969 established credibility for the American Football League.

1:30 p.m. - 1969 World Series, Game 5
Baltimore Orioles at N.Y. Mets

Jerry Koosman pitched a complete game five-hitter and two doubles off Eddie Watt in the eighth broke a tie and helped the Mets' complete their miracle season with a 5-3 victory. Baltimore led 3-0 before Donn Clendenon and Al Weis homered for the Mets. Losing pitcher Dave McNally and Frank Robinson went yard for the O's.

3:30 p.m. - "The Drive"
1986 AFC Championship: Broncos at Browns

This was vintage John Elway. Elway's incredible drive down the field with under two minutes left tied the score and led to a Broncos win in overtime.

5 p.m. - 1992 NCAA Elite Eight: Kentucky vs Duke
Duke Blue Devils win 104-103 in overtime. Christian Laetner's last second shot caps what many call the greatest game ever. Underdog Kentucky overcame double-digit leads in the second half to force the game to overtime, and led 103-102 with 2.1 seconds left. Inbounding under his own basket, Duke's Grant Hill heaved a pass to teammate Christian Laettner who hit a fade-away foul-line jump shot as the buzzer sounded, giving the Blue Devils (34-2) a chance to defend their national title.

7 p.m. - 1970 NBA Finals, Game 7
L.A. Lakers at N.Y. Knicks

The Knicks win their first title, beating the Lakers in game 7. Knicks center Willis Reed limps out of locker room in dramatic fashion as New York wins, 113-99, with Walt Frazier leading the way with 36 points and 19 assists.

Mike Tyson
"Iron Mike" won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout.
9 p.m. - Classic Battle Lines: Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas
Documentary on the storied upset of heavyweight champ Mike Tyson to the unheralded Buster Douglas.

10 p.m. - 1990 World Heavyweight Title Bout
Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson

Twenty-three days after his mother's death, Douglas KO's Tyson in 10 rounds. Tyson knocks down Douglas in the 8th. Douglas knocked Tyson on his backside in the 10th, in what many call sports' greatest upset. Tyson entered the fight with a 37-0 record, including 33 knockouts.

11 p.m. - Classic College Football
Colorado at Michigan (1994)

Kordell Stewart put himself in a class with Doug Flutie, hitting Michael Westbrook with a 64-yard hail mary TD pass after a cluster of Michigan defenders and Colorado players tipped it into Westbrook's outstretched arms giving Colorado the 27-26 upset of Michigan.

Wednesday, Dec. 25

1 a.m. - 1998 Great Alaska Shootout Championship
Cincinnati vs. Duke

Melvin Levett's dunk with one second left powered No. 15 Cincinnati to a 77-75 upset of top-ranked Duke in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

3 a.m. - 1993 World Series, Game 6
Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays

Joe Carter's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth lifts the Blue Jays to their second straight World Series title, defeating the Phillies, 8-6.

5 a.m. - 1974 World Heavyweight Title
Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman

Muhammad Ali regains the heavyweight crown with a shocking KO of previously unbeaten George Foreman in the eighth round in what is often referred to as the "Rumble in the Jungle."

7 a.m. - 1996 College World Series Championship: LSU vs. Miami
Warren Morris picked the most opportune time of the year to blast his first homer of the season -- a two-run shot with two out in the bottom of the ninth -- lifting Louisiana State to its third College World Series title in seven years with a 9-8 victory over Miami.

9 a.m. - Classic Day in History: Tiger Wins 1997 Masters
Documentary on Tiger Woods winning his first Masters jacket.

9:30 a.m. - 1992 AFC Wild Card Game - "The Comeback"
The Bills' 41-38 AFC wild-card playoff victory over the Houston Oilers marked the greatest comeback in NFL history. Steve Christie's 32-yard field goal in overtime sealed the game in which Buffalo had trailed, 35-3, in the third quarter.

11 a.m. - Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers (1972)
The "Immaculate Reception" - Pittsburgh wins, 13-7, on a controversal pass deflection on fourth down in the final 22 seconds. Oakland had been winning 7-6 with 1:13 to play.

11:30 a.m. - Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (1978)
Rather than protecting a 17-12 lead by running out the clock, Giants QB Joe Pisarcik follows coach's orders to run a play and fumbles a handoff to Larry Csonka, allowing Philadelphia's Herman Edwards to pick it up and run 26 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in "The Miracle at the Meadowlands."

Doug Flutie
Doug Flutie gets a boost from brother Darren after his "Hail Mary" helped Boston College stun Miami in 1984.
Noon - Classic College Football
Boston College @ Miami (1984)

"The Flutie Game" - Doug Flutie outlasted Bernie Kosar and enhanced his legend with a last-play touchdown pass that soared 64 yards, just out of reach of three defenders at the goal-line and into the hands of Flutie's roommate, Gerard Phelan, to give Boston College a shocking 47-45 victory over Miami. Melvin Bratton scored four touchdowns as Miami held a 45-41 lead with 28 seconds remaining. The Eagles started from their own 20. Just six seconds remained when Flutie took the final snap at Miami's 48. With receivers flooding the right side, Flutie called for the "Flood Tip" play. Flutie scrambled back, all the way to his 37, and then, under pressure, went to his right, and found Phelan one-yard past the goal line when the ball arrived.

3 p.m. - Classic College Basketball
1985 National Championship: Villanova vs. Georgetown

To dethrone the defending champs, Villanova had to shoot a blistering 79 percent from the field. The stunning 66-64 victory over heavily favored Georgetown capped a year in which Villanova finished fourth in the Big East conference -- losing twice to Georgetown in the regular season.

5 p.m. - 1988 World Series, Game 1
Oakland Athletics at LA Dodgers

In dramatic fashion, Kirk Gibson limps to home plate and hits a pinch hit, 2-out, 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off Dennis Eckersley gives the Dodgers a 5-4 win.

The 1980 U.S. team, consisting of college players and long-shot pro aspirants, won Olympic gold.
7 p.m. - 2002 NCAA Sweet Sixteen: Indiana vs. Duke
Indiana produced an upset as stunning as any in Hoosiers' hoops history. After chipping away at a deficit that was as big as 17 points, fifth-seeded Indiana took advantage of another miss by Williams at the foul line to beat the defending national champion Blue Devils 74-73 in the South Regional semifinals.

9 p.m. - 1980 Olympic Hockey: USA vs USSR
Mike Eruzione netted the game-winner and Jim Craig was the winning goaltender as the United States stunned the USSR and the rest of the hockey world by pulling off "The Miracle on Ice" with a 4-3 victory against the heavily favored Soviets.

11 p.m. - Battle Lines: 1986 Masters
Documentary that covers Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters at age 46.

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