Saturday February 22, 2020

‘You Were Meant to Be Here’

“Later, at the news conference, while the young players giggled like schoolboys, they told how Brooks had said before the game, ‘You were meant to be here.’

”Quite dramatic, I thought. When the conference ended, I collared Brooks. ‘Herb, did you really say that?’

“He reached into his jacket breast pocket and pulled out a card. Scrawled on it were the words, You were meant to be here.”

— Gerald Eskenazi, New York Times sports reporter, recalling the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. victory over the Soviet Union, 4-3, in Lake Placid, NY, 40 years ago today.

Posted at 09:44 AM on Saturday February 22, 2020 in category Sports  
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