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5 Things, Miracle on Ice Edition

Today is the anniversary of the Olympic hockey game that made Herb Brooks a coaching legend and turned Mike Eruzione into "America's Guest."

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22. Here are five things you should know.

1) Overcast! It will be overcast this morning, then partly cloudy. Highs are expected to be around 54 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of rain showers, according to Weather Underground. Look for more of the same during the evening, with a 30 percent chance of rain and lows near 34 degrees.

2) Family Groups. Does someone’s drinking bother you? Al-Anon Family Groups has an ongoing, open, discussion meeting at Saint Athanasius Church (basement) on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.
Come join us and share in our experience, strength and hope—all are
welcome—anonymity is the spiritual foundation of our program.     
(for further info, please call MA Al-Anon Family Groups at 781-366-0556
or www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org).

3) Prayer. Head over to Saint Agnes Catholic Church for a half hour of quiet scripture,  prayer and song followed by fellowship in the upper church. This will be a weekly event for each of the Wednesdays of Lent and the Wednesday of Easter week. It is a wonderful way to de-stress and appreciate the peace of the Lord!

4) Sports. Play continues Wednesday for the Rockets boys basketball squad at the Masco Tournament. Starting times are still TBA. Click here for the complete Rockets schedule.

5) Miracle on Ice. On this day, in 1980, In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold. The so-called Miracle on Ice was more than just an Olympic upset; to many Americans, it was an ideological victory in the Cold War as meaningful as the Berlin Airlift or the Apollo moon landing. The upset came at an auspicious time: President Jimmy Carter had just announced that the United States was going to boycott the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and Americans, faced with a major recession and the Iran hostage crisis, were in dire need of something to celebrate. 

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