Recently, I wrote a card about an emotional moment that gets me every time I watch the movie Remember the Titans. (If you guys haven't checked it out, you guys can check it out here ---> [Remember the Titans] Brother) And after hearing some feedback from all of you guys, I thought about the most inspirational moment in sports movies and this is what I came up with.
Coach Herb Brooks' game speech before the Gold Medal match against the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The Soviets undoubtedly had the best hockey team in the world at that time. The Soviet Union had won all the Winter Olympics ice hockey tournaments since 1960. And the 1980 Winter Olympics were to be made even more difficult because the U.S. - Soviet relations were at all-time lows due to the on-going Cold War. And when, the U.S. hockey team were to face the Soviet Union for the gold medal on their home ground (Lake Placid), you probably can imagine what was going through the minds of not only the players, but the entire country!
So, in order to prep these college players for the biggest game of their lives, Coach Brooks spoke these words.
"Great moments are born from great opportunity, and that's what you have here tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game; if we played them ten times, they might win nine. But not this game, not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight we stay with them, and we shut them down because we can. Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players—every one of you, and you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it!"